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Go Home Terrorist: A Report on Bullying Against Sikh American School Children

In March of 2014, the Sikh Coalition published their Report: “Go Home Terrorist” and acknowledged ICAAD’s work on the report:

“We are thankful to the lead researchers of this report, Hansdeep Singh, JD, LLM, Co-Founder and Director of Legal Programs of the International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD), and Jaspreet Singh, JD, Co-Founder and Director of Policy and Advocacy at ICAAD. They led each public forum on school bullying, gathered survey responses, conducted interviews, reviewed and analyzed survey data, and put together the initial draft of this report. We deeply appreciate their dedication to defending human rights.”

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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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