"As societies build walls of separation between communities,
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Judge Marjory Fields, JD

 

Judge Marjory Fields is a Lawyer in Private Practice, Counsel to Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP, and a Consultant to NGOs and Governments on domestic violence and violence against women. Throughout her career she has been an advocate for the rights of victims of domestic violence and has led efforts to reform laws to protect victims rights. She has published articles and lectured extensively around the world on the topic of domestic violence, human rights of women, family law, and jurisprudence.

She received her law degree from New York University School of Law in 1970.
Some of Judge Fields’ Notable Achievements:

  • New York State Governors Commission on Domestic Violence, Chair, 1979 to 1989;
  • Judge of the Family Court of the State of New York, 1986-1999;
  • Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, 1999-2002;
  • New York Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence Fatalities, 1996 – 1998;
  • Family Violence Task Force, New York Court System, 1995 – present;
  • Family Court Advisory and Rules Committee, New York Court System, 1984 – present;
  • New York State Child Support Commission, 1981-1984;
  • New York State Courts Task Force on Women in the Courts, Advisor, 1984-1986;
  • United States Commission on Civil Rights, Consultant, 1978.

#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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