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

Jaspreet K Singh, JD

Co-founder
 

Jaspreet K. Singh is the Co-Founder and Director of Policy & Advocacy for the International Center for Advocacy Against Discrimination  (ICAAD), a non-profit organization dedicated to combating structural discrimination and promoting human rights norms consistent with public international law.

Jaspreet handles a variety of concerns at ICAAD leading the portfolios of litigation, policy analysis and advice, government and media advocacy, and deployment of technologies; he also works on grant proposals, human rights education, video and graphic design, and community organizing. 

His experience includes being a Clinical Supervising Attorney for a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Training & Human Rights Lawyering Program at the Leitner Center for International Law & Justice at Fordham Law School; presenting at the United Nations 62nd DPI Conference on nuclear disarmament between India and Pakistan; assisting in the filing of cases against France before the UN Human Rights Committee, and presenting various civil and human rights issues before UN special rapporteurs, the White House, members of Congress, and other US government agencies. He has worked in New York and other parts of the country on several hate and bias related crime cases, as well as other civil rights campaigns.

Jaspreet graduated from Florida State University with a Juris Doctorate degree and Certificate in International law, and is admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and in Georgia. He has his Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Political Science from Emory University in Atlanta, where he was born and raised.

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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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