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

Ilana Ofgang, JD

 

EDUCATION

Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY

Juris Doctor, May 2010, GPA: 3.57 (GPA of 3.44 = approximate Top 25%)

Honors: Fordham Urban Law Journal, 2008-2009;

Fordham Law Merit Scholarship and McNamara Scholarship, 2007-2010;

Archibald R. Public Service Award cum laude, Spring 2010;

Ruth Whitehead Whaley Scholar, Spring 2009;

McMahon Fellow, Summer 2009;

Dean’s List, 2007-2008;

Activities: Fordham Student Sponsored Fellowship;

Research, Education, and Advocacy to Combat Homelessness Organization;

Research Assistant for Professors Sonia Katyal and Thane Rosenbaum.

Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, summa cum laude, May 2004, GPA: 3.95

Honors: Henry Barnard Award; American Association of University Women Scholarship

Activities: University Scholar’s Program, Jazz Club

BAR ADMISSIONS

Connecticut, 2011; New York, 2011

#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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