Sunday, August 5, 2018

OSCE to Conduct Limited Election Monitoring in Upcoming US Midterms -- Hiring is open for US and non-US positions

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE )will be conducting limited election monitoring in the U.S, starting in October and running through the mid-term elections in November.  Note that this monitoring has been invited by the U.S. Government, and targeted areas for monitoring will be based on a study completed by the OSCE in May 2018. 

The deadline for applying to join the OSCE Mission is August 6, 2018.  More information is available here.  Only non-U.S. citizens are eligible to serve as Mission participants.  

However, election monitoring support staff positions are open ONLY to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Application deadlines for these short-term jobs close in September.  These positions include a number of programmatic positions as well as administrative support positions.  More information is available here.  

The OSCE last observed the November 2014 election.  You can find the OSCE's report and the press conference immediately following the election here.

August 5, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 2, 2018

A Win for Sanctuary Cities : Chicago v. Sessions

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week in favor of Chicago ordering that the federal government cannot withold funding from cities that refuse to cooperate with the adminstration on enforcement of federal immigration laws.  The ban is intended to be national in scope.  The lawsuit was filed after Attorney General Sessions announced that cities refusing to cooperate in immigration enforcement would not be eligable for certain DOJ grants.  

Justice demands included uncontrolled access to jails and 24 hour notice if an individual wanted for immigration violations is to be released.

The injuction is temporary and was issued on separation of powers grounds. The full order may be read here.

August 2, 2018 in Immigration, Margaret Drew | Permalink | Comments (0)

IACHR Announces International Human Rights Training Course

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) and the Institute of Public Policies on Human Rights of MERCOSUR (IPPDH) have posted a call for the 3rd edition of the International Course on Public Policies in Human Rights.

According to the announcement, the course seeks to train relevant actors of the Americas on the human rights approach in public policies. It adopts a perspective that recognizes the advances and challenges in the region, and explores the potential that the human rights approach poses for state institutions.

The course will combine theoretical and practical training in the fields of international human rights law, the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights, social sciences, and public administration, with the presentation of practical experiences of high impact for the guarantee of rights implemented in the States of the region in recent years.

The course is designed for government officials responsible for the design, direction, execution and evaluation of public policies, members of organizations and social movements, academics and society in general.  There is a quota of 100 participants. The IACHR and the IPPDH will reserve some seats for officials of the OAS member states interested in participating in this course, as well as for people from social movements and civil society. 

More information, including a description of the pedagogy and registration information, is available here.

August 2, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

New Human Rights Report on Sexual Abuse of Girls to Prison Pipeline

 "Sexual abuse is one of the primary predictors of girls’ entry into the juvenile justice system...Once inside, girls encounter a system that is often ill-equipped to identify and treat the violence and trauma that lie at the root of victimized girls’ arrests. More harmful still is the significant risk that the punitive environment will re-trigger girls’ trauma and even subject them to new incidents of sexual victimization, which can exponentially compound the profound harms inflicted by the original abuse."

So informs the introduction to a new report highlighting the victimization of young girls who are ferried through the maze of the juvenile justice system when the crime was not theirs but that of the predators who sexually abused them.  The report is a collaboration between Human Rights Project for Girls, Georgetown's Center on Poverty and Inequality, and The Ms. Foundation for Women,

"Once inside, girls encounter a system that is often ill-equipped to identify and treat the violence and trauma that lie at the root of victimized girls’ arrests. 

The report exposes various ways in which various systems criminalize girls, particularly girls of color.  Trauma based treatment, which is the needed response is typically overlooked.  The report addresses the over representation of sexually non-conforming juveniles and is generally a good source of statistics supporting the research that is the basis of the report.


August 1, 2018 in Juveniles, Margaret Drew, Prisons | Permalink | Comments (0)