Project Update: International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination

Dear Donor,

On behalf of the entire ICAAD team, thank you for your ongoing support!

Advocating Against Hate Crimes – Courtney Cogburn, Professor at Columbia University and ICAAD Board Member recently created a project, 1000 Cut Journey, which uses an HTC Vive virtual reality headset to put users in the body of a black man, Michael Sterling, at four different stages of his life. The experience “reveals the myriad ways race infiltrates one’s quotidian experiences.” ICAAD hopes to develop a similar experience involving a Sikh, with YOUR support. Read more about 1000 Cut Journey here!



Providing Tools to Combat Gender Based Violence

Every time a sentence is reduced because of gender bias, the survivor is robbed of their justice, and it sends a signal to aggressors that crimes against women and girls are not serious. ICAAD believes it is imperative to increase transparency and accountability in the legal system to reduce the occurrence of violence.

Written in partnership with global law firms Clifford Chance (U.K.) and DLA Piper (Australia), and local judicial experts, ICAAD will soon be releasing the first ever Sentencing Handbook on gender based violence for the Pacific Region. The Sentencing Handbook will function as an instructional guide for: judges when evaluating GBV cases, prosecutors, civil society organizations, and lawyers and law students who will conduct case law analysis for TrackGBV, a public access legal database ICAAD is currently creating.

The Handbook will provide the methodology for analysis of GBV cases; detail the scope of GBV in the Pacific, its causes, and forms of violence; define gender bias, gender myths/ stereotypes, customary practices, and its relationship to sentencing; and promote the understanding of international law principles, status of custom in domestic legislation, international and national best practices, and GBV related legislation.

The goal of the Handbook is to provide education to practitioners to avoid the influence of gender-bias in decision making, and to be able to voice concerns during Court proceedings when discriminatory factors are raised.

Your support makes it possible to promote systemic change and increase access to justice for women and girls in the Pacific. We greatly appreciate your assistance. 

Jaspreet Singh
Co-Founder and Director of Policy & Advocacy

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