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U.N. Calls for U.S. to Treat Youth in Conflict with the Law as Youth, Not Adults

May 13, 2015

This week at the United Nations, government representatives called on the U.S. to end the practice of trying youth under 18 in the adult criminal justice system and incarcerating youth in adult jails and prisons. Representatives also called for the U.S. to fully abolish life imprisonment without parole sentences for youth and to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

CUNY Law and Sorensen Center Host Women Confronting ISIS Symposium

March 16, 2015

The Women Confronting ISIS symposium, held at CUNY Law on March 6, provided an opportunity for people concerned about the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its impact of women to come together and strategize about responses to this human rights crisis.

Prof. Davis Testifies Before Congressional Human Rights Commission on Aid Delivery in Haiti

December 4, 2014

Yesterday, Professor Lisa Davis testified before Congress at a hearing organized by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on aid delivery and development strategies for long-term capacity building in Haiti.

U.N. Criticizes U.S. Treatment of Youth in Adult Jails and Prisons

December 1, 2014

Friday, the U.N. Committee Against Torture (“Committee”) strongly criticized the United States for state laws and policies that result in the incarceration of youth under 18 in adult jails and prisons under conditions that endanger their safety and well-being.

Judge Serita’s (’89) Human Trafficking Intervention Court Marks 10th Anniversary

November 25, 2014

The New York Times featured an article on Judge Toko Serita’s Human Trafficking Intervention Court in Queens. The court—which aims to “change the legal conversation around the multibillion-dollar sex trade by redefining the women in it as victims instead of criminals,” according to the article—is marking its 10-year anniversary.

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.

U.N. Expresses Concern that U.S. Anti-Trafficking Policies May Criminalize Trafficking Victims

March 17, 2014

Friday, the U.N. Human Rights Committee urged the U.S. to do more to address the root causes of trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation. The Committee expressed concern that U.S. anti-trafficking policies lead to secondary victimization.

New Report on Remedies for Criminalized Human Trafficking Victims Released

February 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New York, NY – February 24, 2014 – At any given time, an estimated 20.9 million people around the world are victims of human trafficking. Of these, an estimated 4.5 million are trafficked into the sex trade.

Strengthening Women’s Rights In Haiti

December 16, 2013

Catching up with globe-trotting CUNY Law Professor Lisa Davis (’08) can be a challenge, especially when she’s tracking the progress of long-term projects taken on by the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic (IWHR) and her students.

Brad Parker (’10) on Use of Drones in Operation Pillar of Defence

November 27, 2013

Al-Jazeera English published an opinion piece from alumnus Brad Parker (’10) that reflects, one year later, on the toll of Israel’s November 2012 military offensive on children in Gaza and the specific use of drone technology during the offensive.

Suzannah Phillips Presents on Human Trafficking at the United Nations

October 25, 2013

Suzannah Phillips, fellow with the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at CUNY Law, was invited to present at a Global Consultation on the Right to an Effective Remedy for Trafficked Persons hosted by the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Trafficking at the United Nations on October 24.

Report Released – From Forced Sterilization to Forced Psychiatry: Violations of the Human Rights of Women with Disabilities and Transgender Persons in Colombia

October 1, 2013

Today, human rights organizations submitted a joint shadow report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee). The report, titled From Forced Sterilization to Forced Psychiatry: Violations of the Human Rights of Women with Disabilities and Transgender Persons in Colombia, by fourteen organizations including MADRE, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), the International Women’s Human Rights (IWHR) Clinic at CUNY School of Law, and a coalition of Colombian organizations which includes PAIIS Law Clinic at the University of Los Andes in Bogota will be considered during the review of the Government of Colombia’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to be held at the UN in Geneva on October 2, 2013.

Prof. Cynthia Soohoo Delivers Opening Remarks at Tribute to Justice

September 19, 2013

Professor Cynthia Soohoo, director of the CUNY Law International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, delivered opening remarks at a conference marking the 40th Anniversary of the 1973 Coup D’Etat in Chile, held on September 9, 2013.

IWHR Students Guest Blog for ACLU Michigan on Incarceration of Youth in Adult Prisons

April 22, 2013

International Women’s Human Rights (IWHR) Clinic students Cassie Fleming (’13) and Bianca Cappellini (’13) guest blogged for the ACLU Michigan, discussing the issue of incarcerating youth in adult prisons.

2013 IWHR Summer Internship Placements Announced

April 11, 2013

The International Women’s Human Rights (IWHR) Clinic is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 IWHR Summer Internship Placements. Three rising 3Ls committed to gender justice, international law, and human rights will spend their summers interning with IWHR Clinic partner organizations in New York and abroad.

IWHR Presents at Hearing on Incarceration of Youth in Adult Prisons

March 14, 2013

On March 11, 2012, the IWHR Clinic participated in a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C. on the incarceration of youth in adult prisons in the United States.

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