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Observations on the 63rd Annual Convention on the Status of Women

The 63rd Convention on the Status of Women’s (CSW) priority themes were social protection systems, access to public services, and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and magnetized women from all around the globe to focus on these priority target areas […]

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Compacts of Free Association in FSM, RMI, and Palau: Implications for the 2023-2024 Renewal Negotiations

Congrats to ICAAD Advisor Erin Thomas on publishing this stellar article highlighting the important ramifications for the United States’ Compacts of Free Association with the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and Palau around human rights, migration, and economic assistance leading up […]

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Looking Back on 2018 and Promoting Equality in 2019

With 2018 drawing to a close, we want recognize how your support has helped us promote equality in an increasingly challenging environment for many in the U.S. and around the world. With exceptional efforts from pro bono partners like Clifford Chance, Manatt, Linklaters, and Conduent, ICAAD was able […]

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Handbook puts gender bias on the spot

Lawyers and local advocacy organisations will gain access to an important tool needed to identify gender bias within legal decisions made in Pacific Island Countries (PICs). The International Centre for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD) released a handbook detailing its methodology in examining sentencing patterns with a view […]

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Project Sheridan: Providing Due Process for Asylum Seekers

Individuals feeling violence and persecution in their homeland were detained in a federal prison upon arriving in the United States and asking for asylum.  ICAAD and the Innovation Law Lab provided legal counsel and other services and helped secure the release of nearly 80 asylum seekers. They will now be able to […]

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TrackGBV Updates: Case Law Analysis Begins, Global Transformation Conference, & Advocating to Support Survivors

5,000 Gender-Based Violence Cases Covering 12 Pacific Island Countries Are Being Analyzed ICAAD, with its law firm (Linklaters; Manatt, Phillips & Phelps) and technology/ data science (Conduent) partners are engaged in a multi-year initiative to look at how gender bias influences judicial decision making in domestic violence and […]

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Fijian Judiciary Collaborates with ICAAD to Improve Access to Justice

ICAAD has built credibility with the Fijian Judiciary over 5 years through rule of law trainings, publication of reports centered on judicial bias, and direct engagement with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Chief Magistrate, and Chief Registrar of the Family Courts. Recently, the Chief Justice approved […]

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Standing Up for Asylum Seekers and Immigrants

Protecting due-process and ensuring that asylum seekers are treated with dignity is a moral and legal duty America accepted following the ratification of the Refugee Convention of 1951, the Convention Against Torture, and passage of its own domestic immigration laws. ICAAD is no stranger to asylum cases […]

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Sharing a Systems Approach to Systems Change

ICAAD was invited to North Carolina to conduct a workshop for senior and country staff at IntraHealth International on our systems approach to identifying and disrupting systemic problems like gender-based violence and gaps in maternal health services. IntraHealth International is a global health organization focusing on health […]

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ICAAD Continues to Advance Data-Driven Justice

Over the past 5 years, ICAAD has advanced data-driven justice for gender based violence. We’ve also helped collect data on the efficacy of legal mechanisms, healthcare, and access to basic services like water and sanitation. More recently, our tools and methodologies have been increasingly adopted to advance […]

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Our friends with the Micronesia Climate Change Alliance gathered this week at the Guam Legislature in protest of the Guam Power Authority's planned Liquefied Natural Gas power plant. In this climate crisis, we stand in solidarity for renewable energy. ... See MoreSee Less

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