Senior United Nations officials on Friday called for those responsible for human rights violations and crimes associated with human trafficking and forced migration to be held accountable, noting that some of the crimes committed in this respect may amount to atrocity crimes.
GA/11829 Seventy-first Session, 17th, 18th & 19th Meetings (AM, PM & Night) Foreign Minister of Hungary Says National Security Comes First; Other Speakers Urge Engagement over Isolationism With 65 million people displaced and on the move, several European countries discussed myriad ways to deal with the unprecedented phenomenon by defeating terrorism, bringing human traffickers to justice, while others called on Member States to make the better choice between engagement and isolation as the General Assembly continued its annual debate today. Péter Szijjártó, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, said it was important to address the root cause of what was uprooting so many from their homes. As long as terrorism existed so would the migration pressure on Europe, and while the right to a safe life was a fundamental human right, choosing a State where one wanted to live was not. Migratory policies that considered all migrants refugees and that had taken in thousands against the wishes of their own people had failed. Uncontrolled and unregulated migratory patterns were a threat to peace and security.
On Saturday, the city of Oakland, California will launch a website where authorities can collect reports of people who patronize sex workers. The reportjohn.org snitch site created by city officials is an odd development in a town plagued by sex abuse scandals within its own law enforcement ranks. It will be interesting also to see what sort of security or privacy measures the site offers to those who use it to submit photos, names, license plates, or other sensitive information to authorities. At the time of this blog post, reportjohn.org is not yet online. “The first question in the online form gets straight to the point: 'Do you have any photos of the activity?',” says NYT SF bureau chief Thomas Fuller, who previewed the system:
Residents will be encouraged to note down the license plate numbers of suspected johns’ vehicles and describe the specific activity they witnessed. The sightings are uploaded to the police, who will send a letter to the address where the vehicle is registered.
This is not the first open letter or protest you’ve received on this topic, and it won’t be the last.
Convicted rapist Brock Turner was released from prison Sept. 2 after serving three months of the six-month sentence you gave him. He was in prison for the length of a summer break and has returned to his family home in Dayton, Ohio.
During the sentencing in June, you expressed the opinion that Brock Turner “will not be a danger to others.” It’s impressive to me that you trust a man who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. The basis of your faith is unclear. Of course, your shared affiliation as Stanford athletes has not gone unnoticed.
You also cited your fear that “a prison sentence would have a severe impact on him.” In other words, you are concerned about Brock Turner’s future. I get it; you may be vested with authority over other people’s fates, but at least you have compassion, right?
Well, I, too, am concerned about Brock Turner’s future. As in, I’m concerned for every person he meets. I’m concerned that he lives here in Ohio. I’m concerned that Brock Turner already served the sentence you gave him — served, in the past tense. Timeout over. Doesn’t it feel soon, even to you?
As a survivor of sexual assault myself, there is a part of me that would relish seeing Brock Turner rot. It would be vindicating to see him serve the prosecutors’ recommended six years; surely he deserves life without parole. And this would absolutely be more palatable to me than the sick joke of a sentence you gave him.
This evening, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District’s school board will take up an unusual issue: what to do about a school bearing the name of a criminal. And not just any criminal — a prominent businessman from Fairbanks’ early days who pleaded guilty to raping a 10-year-old girl. The incident, long forgotten by many in the Interior but still remembered by some, took place 100 years ago this year. The right move would have been to never have named Badger Road School after Harry Badger in the first place. But the school board has an opportunity to correct that mistake now, and they should take it.
Harry Badger was one of Fairbanks’ earliest agricultural entrepreneurs, a man who took a homestead in the rural neighborhood southeast of Fairbanks and turned it into a successful strawberry farm, earning him the sobriquet “the strawberry king of the Interior.” But a dark chapter of his life has been largely obscured in the century since it occurred: a 1916 incident in which he raped a 10-year-old schoolgirl, pleading guilty before the matter was brought to trial. Badger’s connections within the community appear to have been instrumental in his inexplicably light sentence in the case — only six months for a rape he voluntarily admitted to having perpetrated. Even at the time, the soft treatment shocked Interior residents.
Over time, however, Badger was somehow able to rehabilitate his reputation, even visiting schools as soon as 14 years later. By the time Badger Road School was being built, memories of the crime had faded enough to put Badger in the running for the school to be named after him. But those deciding on the school’s name, aware of Badger’s crime, opted to add a degree of separation between him and the school by naming it after the road bearing his name rather than the man himself. It was an odd bit of triangulation — naming the school after a road named after a pedophile seems no more appropriate than naming it after Badger directly. Nonetheless, the name stood for decades. It’s high time for a change.
GRANTS PASS, Ore.-- Eight cyclists are riding 1,500 miles to raise awareness for human trafficking. The mix of Oregonians and Californians left Bend on September 10th. They plan to make it down to Newport Beach, California by the 24th. During the trek, the
An investigator "with a bit of free time" decided to send for testing DNA samples from a long-dormant cold case, which led authorities to arrest a pair of men linked to the 1973 shotgun slayings of two young girls, authorities said. Police in Oklahoma and California arrested the two 65-year-old suspects Tuesday morning for the murders of Valerie Janice Lane, 12, and Doris Karen Derryberry, 13. The seventh grade classmates told their mothers they were going to a mall shopping near their homes about 40 miles north of Sacramento on Nov. 12, 1973. Witnesses saw them in their neighborhood that night, but neither girl returned home. Both suspects were living in Olivehurst at that time, investigators said. Two boys were target shooting and found the girl's bodies about 20 hours later, according to news accounts at the time. Investigators say the girls were driven to a wooded area and shot at close range. Authorities then and now said a large-scale investigation was immediately launched and some 60 people interviewed over a three-year period before the case went cold for a lack of solid leads and was shelved in 1976. In March 2014, an investigator doing a routine look through cold cases decided to send semen samples found on Derryberry's body and preserved for 43 years to the state Department of Justice forensics lab. Seven months later, state DOJ technicians reported that the DNA in the semen matched the genetic profiles of cousins Larry Don Patterson and William Lloyd Harbour, who each committed serious enough crimes since 1973 to have their DNA samples collected and placed in law enforcement computer systems.
By now, ISIL's use of social media as a recruitment tool is common knowledge. Less known is the group's use of those same digital platforms to scout and lure sex slaves. Recently, about 100 experts from United Nations entities and affiliates, law enforcement, technology and media gathered for a two-day workshop on human trafficking in the Middle East. The end result, a UN University report released thi
THE Dubai Police launched here Saturday a smart app to combat human trafficking, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) state news agency WAM reported. The Dubai Police said the app is the first of its kind in
And even when they’d made it into the room, female staffers were sometimes overlooked. So they banded together (shine theory!) and came up with a system to make sure they were heard:
Female staffers adopted a meeting strategy they called “amplification”: When a woman made a key point, other women would repeat it, giving credit to its author. This forced the men in the room to recognize the contribution — and denied them the chance to claim the idea as their own. “We just started doing it, and made a purpose of doing it. It was an everyday thing,” said one former Obama aide who requested anonymity to speak frankly. Obama noticed, she and others said, and began calling more often on women and junior aides.
Māori facial and body tattooing is known as Tā moko. An ancient art form, its origin lies in West Polynesia. The intricate designs were chiseled into the skin using a tool called an uhi; ink was then smudged into the carved lines. Tā moko represents the wearer's family heritage and social status—it is believed that the receiver visits a spiritual realm where they encounter their ancestors, returning as a new person.
These findings have been replicated in more recent research. In a 2014 study conducted by linguist Adrienne Hancock of George Washington University, 40 people (men and women) were recruited to engage in two short conversations, one with a man and one with a woman. The results? Women were interrupted significantly more often than men. If a man’s conversational partner was female, he interrupted her, on average, 2.1 times over the course of a three-minute dialogue; if his counterpart was male, however, that number was 1.8 times. Women, too, were less likely to interrupt men than women. They interrupted an average of 2.9 times if their partner was female and just once, on average, if their partner was male.
Such differences in the treatment of men and women are often rooted in unconscious biases that all of us fall prey to. Unconscious bias is rooted in our perceptions of others, which can harden into stereotypes and prejudice over time. Bias becomes the lens through which we process information and make decisions. We generally think of skin color, gender, nationality, and age when we consider bias, but unconscious prejudice can affect how we view many other characteristics, including aspects of people’s appearance (height and weight) and personality (introversion and extroversion).
In one well-documented experiment, described in Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In, Harvard MBA students evaluated the same case study of a successful entrepreneur. Half the class read a version in which the entrepreneur was male; the other half read a version in which the entrepreneur was female. The students who read about the male entrepreneur identified him as having positive traits, such as leadership and direction, while students who read about the female entrepreneur characterized her as being bossy and overly direct. The responses reflected the students’ hidden biases about how male and female leaders should act.
We may think that we ourselves are immune to such bias, but we aren’t. (If you are unconvinced, try taking an online Implicit Association Test to learn how persistent these biases can be.) Do we hire or promote people who look like us? Do we talk to men and women differently? Do our stereotypical views affect the job assignments and opportunities we give to our staff? The likely answer to all of these questions is yes.
The family of Tiziana Cantone, an Italian woman who committed suicide after sexually explicit videos of her went viral on the Internet, has urged the Italian authorities "to act so that her death was not in vain."
The 31-year-old was found hanged Tuesday at her aunt's home in Mugnano, near Naples, in the south of the country, according to media reports. Four people are under investigation by criminal prosecutors over alleged defamation of the woman, Italian state media ANSA reported.
Online bullying ends in suicide 03:46 Cantone sent the video to friends, who published it online without her knowledge, ANSA said. More than a million people watched it, and she became the target of abuse.
September 8 marks Native American women’s equal pay day, the day that the wages of American Indian and Alaska Native women catch up to the money white men earned last year. (It took about nine months, if you’re counting.) Read more »
The violent deaths of Robert “Baja Bob” and Sharon Gordon – the father and step-mother of well-known race car driver Robby Gordon – shook the racing community Thursday.
“This is devastating,” his son said, fighting back tears. “He taught so many, and I want everyone to know what a good man he was.”
Some details emerged Thursday evening: A day earlier, Bob Gordon died from injuries consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the results of an autopsy by the Orange County Coroner’s Officer, while Sharon Gordon died from strangulation.
The police are investigating the deaths as a possible murder-suicide, said Lt. Fred Lopez of the Orange Police Department, adding that it doesn’t appear that police had answered calls to the house before.
“There’s no witnesses,” said Lopez, when asked about a motive. “So that’s something we have to put together piecemeal. We have some ideas. But it’s all speculation. ...
“We’ll eventually come to (an official) conclusion,” Lopez said. “But we may never really know why.”
New York police investigating an attack in which a Muslim woman's clothing was set alight are no longer probing the case as a hate crime after linking the suspects to similar assaults on non-Muslims, authorities said on Wednesday.
A man who was part of a group set fire to the 35-year-old woman's traditional Islamic attire as she window shopped outside a luxury clothing store in Midtown Manhattan on Saturday, police said in a statement. The victim quickly patted out the flames and was unharmed.
Police said they initially believed the crime, committed a day before the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, may have been prompted by what the woman was wearing.
After further investigation, officers determined that at least three other women were threatened with fire by the same group of suspects on Tuesday, police said. Those women were not wearing Muslim clothing.
"The motivation for these crimes is not considered to be 'bias-related' at this time," police said.
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