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Hate Crimes in the US News

American Exceptionalism & Hate Crimes

      American Exceptionalism & Hate Crimes When looking at the conception of America as an exceptional nation, a paradigm shift has occurred from a core principle of egalitarianism to that of superiority. The US foreign policy (eg drone strikes, border security, NSA global surveillance) prioritises US interests to the […]

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Report Reveals System Failures in U.S. Documentation of Hate Crimes

Report Reveals System Failures in U.S. Documentation of Hate Crimes Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 16, 2013: The International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD) submitted a Shadow Report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on Sept. 13, 2013, for the upcoming review of United States (U.S.) compliance […]

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Commun. Update: FBI Tracks Hate Crimes for Sikhs, Hindus, Arabs

The Battle for Inclusion has been Won; FBI Advisory Policy Board Votes to Track Sikh, Hindu, and Arab Hate Crimes The more difficult battle remains: getting the FBI to accurately document hate crimes nationally. WASHINGTON DC, June 13, 2013 – After intensive advocacy efforts, the Federal Bureau of […]

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Op-ed: The Rise of Hate Crimes Can Be Tied Directly to Hateful Speech

 The Rise of Hate Crimes Can Be Tied Directly to Hateful Speech External Link There is an indisputable link between inflammatory, bigoted rhetoric and the soaring incidence of hate crimes nationwide. It’s time we paid attention to the connection, write Hansdeep Singh and Simran Jeet Singh. Attorney […]

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Educational Consultation with Department of Justice (CRS) on Sikh Culture

External Link Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole Speaks at the Community Relations Service Sikh Cultural Competency Training Preview Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, September 19, 2012 “It is a great honor to join all of you as CRS previews the Department’s new cultural competency training. I would […]

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End Racial Profiling Act Statement

ICAAD’s Statement on the End Racial Profiling Act Provided for a Hearing by the Senate Subcommittee “Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Graham and members of the Subcommittee:  I am honored to submit this testimony for the record on behalf of the International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD) […]

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#RaiseYourShield

On May 17, 2019, ICAAD Advisor Erin Thomas’ publication: Compacts of Free Association in FSM, RMI, and Palau: Implications for the 2023-2024 Renewal Negotiations (hrbrief.org/2019/03/compacts-of-free-association-in-fsm-rmi-and-palau-implications-for-the-2023-2...) was cited by the President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr., in an op-ed published in The Hill (thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/444291-pacific-defense-pact-renewal-vital-to-the-u...). In her piece, Erin points to critical issues stakeholders have raised regarding human trafficking, adoption policies, and COFA migrant rights among other important human rights issues.

Some of the above-mentioned policy gaps span several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly 10 (reduced inequalities) and 17 (partnership for the goals). Holistically, the existing COFA agreements represent the type of inequity that SDG 10 seeks to address. SDG 17 promotes inclusive and participatory decision-making at the international, national, and local levels. Developing transparency on both sides will allow for a more equitable process and outcome for the renewal negotiations.

The issues within the existing agreements also involve SDG 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions) and limited access to justice regarding redress for nuclear testing and environmental destruction. This impacts targets and indicators including SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 3 (good health and well-being). Finally, SDG 10 and 8’s targets for responsible migration policies are important considering the limited provisions for COFA migrants in the U.S. and U.S. territories.
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