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UN Calls on U.S. to Halt Trial and Detention of Youth in Adult System

September 5, 2014

The IWHR Clinic and other advocates submitted a report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) describing how racial disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system are the most extreme in the treatment of youth. Last week, the Committee called on the US government to meet international human rights standards by halting prosecution of youth in adult courts and ending the imprisonment of youth in adult facilities.

Prof. Soohoo on Protecting Incarcerated Youth from Sexual Violence

June 17, 2014

Professor Cynthia Soohoo was recently a guest on BrianLehrer.TV to discuss the importance of full implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) which protects incarcerated individuals from sexual violence.

Militants Sweep Towards Baghdad: Women’s Rights Groups Mobilize

June 16, 2014

The IWHR Clinic at CUNY Law School and MADRE, an International women’s human rights organization are mobilizing an emergency response with the Iraqi women’s rights organization located in Baghdad, the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) to protect people at severe risk as the threat of sectarian violence grows.

Advocates Release Report on Violations of Women’s Human Rights in Syria

June 3, 2014

CUNY School of Law, MADRE and a coalition of international and Syrian women’s human rights groups have released a report on women’s human rights violations in Syria before and during the current war.

Children’s Lives at Stake: U.S. Policies of Incarcerating Children in Adult Correctional Facilities

May 2, 2014

Read this Human Rights At Home blog post by IWHR clinic students Nell Hirschmann-Levy and Meghan McLoughlin on youth in adult jails and prisons in the U.S.

U.N. Criticizes U.S. for Incarcerating Youth in Adult Jails and Prisons

March 27, 2014

Thursday, the U.N. Human Rights Committee (“Committee”) criticized a broad range of U.S. laws and policies that treat youth under 18 as adults in the criminal justice system. “The Human Rights Committee’s statements reflect international consensus and a common sense understanding that youth are different than adults and that subjecting them to adult criminal punishments is a human rights violation,” says Cindy Soohoo, director of the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic (IWHR) at the City University of New York School of Law.

U.N. Condemns Criminalization of Trafficking Victims as a Human Rights Violation

March 27, 2014

Today, the U.N. Human Rights Committee urged that the U.S. end the prosecution of human trafficking victims for crimes that they are forced to commit. The Committee expressed concern that victims of sex trafficking are arrested and convicted for prostitution and related offenses, and recognized that there is insufficient identification of trafficking victims. The Committee urged […]

New Report on Syrian Women & the Peace Process

March 21, 2014

To mark the three-year anniversary of the uprising in Syria, the International Women’s Human Rights Law Clinic at the City University of New York School of Law (IWHR), MADRE, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) have released a report detailing the egregious pattern of sexual violence Syrian women face in the war on Syrian women’s exclusion from high-level peace negotiations.

IWHR Clinic Urges U.N. Body to Address Youth in Adult Jails and Prisons and Criminalization of Trafficking Victims

March 20, 2014

Professor Cynthia Soohoo, Nell Hirschmann-Levy (’14), and Meghan McLoughlin (’14) recently traveled to Geneva to meet with U.S. government officials and to urge the U.N. Human Rights Committee to address the issues of incarceration of youth in adult jails and prisons in the United States and policing practices that result in criminalization of trafficking victims.

U.N. Questions the U.S. on Its Practice of Imprisoning Children with Adults

March 17, 2014

On Friday, the U.N. Human Rights Committee concluded review and questioning of the U.S. Government on its human rights record in Geneva. During the two day review, the Committee repeatedly expressed concern over the United States’ practice of imprisoning children in adult correctional facilities and asked to know what measures would be taken to ensure that children are not prosecuted as adults in criminal courts across the country.

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