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

Bobbi Nassar, PhD

 

Dr. Bobbi Nassar was a Professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University’s graduate school of social work, from 1977 through 2011.Currently, Dr. Nassar represents the International Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers (IFS) at the United Nations and has since 1991. During this time she has served (an elected position) as Chair of the NGO Committee on Human Rights. She is currently Vice Chair of this Committee.

Dr. Nassar has been a mental health health clinician since 1967. She’s worked with refugee communities for the past 35 years.This work has included providing counseling to torture survivors, human rights training, and leadership development. She is currently on the board of South Asian Council for Social Services.

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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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