"As societies build walls of separation between communities,
ICAAD works to remove each brick to illuminate our common humanity"

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 to leverage these resources to accelerate our impact. The best part is being able to share these resources with the local organizations we partner with globally. 

In this past year, law firm and technology partners donated the equivalent of $800,000 in pro bono hours. Since 2012, we’ve leveraged over $6 million worth of pro bono resources to advance the fight against discrimination. And the impact of creating systems change is that the lives of millions are affected positively. 

Just this year, we worked with the Fijian courts on judicial policy removing barriers for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and strengthening accountability; sustained improvements for access to basic services in Delhi for impoverished communities; made accessible our methodology so that government bodies and CSOs could monitor cases for judicial bias across 12 countries in the Pacific; and helped free over 80 asylum seekers who were unfairly detained in the United States. 

Human rights will continue to be challenged globally, but we are prepared to address those challenges.  In 2019, ICAAD will continue to take action to help deliver a brighter future for millions of people subject to daily injustices worldwide, because equality is possible. We hope you join us in taking action, either by volunteering or supporting ICAAD financially

Thank you and wishing you all the best in the New Year!

In solidarity, 
The ICAAD Team

A Few Highlights from 2018

Judicial Sentencing Handbook puts Gender Bias on the Spot

ICAAD released handbook with partner Clifford Chance detailing methodology used for TrackGBV case law analysis. “We are confident that the Handbook provides…important context to the barriers in seeking redress for victims/survivors of GBV in PICs.” Read more.

Fijian Judiciary Collaborates with ICAAD to Improve Access to Justice

Distribution of directives to all Magistrates in Fiji that ICAAD drafted on behalf of the Judiciary of Fiji based on ICAAD’s TrackGBV case law analysis. One of the directives should greatly reduce the use of “first time offender” status for reducing sentences in domestic violence and sexual assault cases. Read more.

Project Sheridan: Providing Due Process for Asylum Seekers

ICAAD and the Innovation Law Lab provided legal counsel and other services and helped secure the release of over 80 asylum seekers unfairly detained in a Federal Correctional Institute. The diverse group of people were natives of 13 countries, including Central America, India, Mexico, and Nepal. Read more.

ICAAD Continues to Advance Data-Driven Justice

The data collection initiative SMS for Justice continued in Delhi, and grievance mechanisms were tested by community paralegals to resolve complaints coming through the platform. Read the report, Women Lead the Way: Monitoring and improving government… Read more.

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. Read more.

Gender Equality & Agenda 2030: Stopping VAW

ICAAD was invited to present and chair a panel at the Global Transformation towards Gender Equality and Agenda 2030: A conversation about innovative approaches to break the cycle of violence against women conference in Mexico City. Read more.

#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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