IJDH partner Jayne Fleming, Esq. wrote and presented a resolution calling for an improved response to the Haiti earthquake. The resolution was passed unanimously by the American Bar Association on Tuesday. The resolution is now official American Bar Association policy, representing the Association’s 400,000 members.
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
JAYNE E. FLEMING, ABA MEMBER
REPORT TO THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES
1. RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges the federal
2. government to intensify its effort to provide adequate food, water, shelter and
3. physical security to displaced women and children in Haiti, and to fund and support
4. regional, sub-regional and international programs which prioritize the protection of
5. these vulnerable groups, in conformity with international human rights principles.
7. FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges local, state,
8. territorial and federal agencies involved in aid and rebuilding efforts in Haiti to adopt
9. programs and policies that: (1) incorporate a gender perspective and (2) specifically
10. aim to address situations that place women and children in marginalized and at-risk
13. FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges the federal
14. government to fund and support national, regional, sub-regional and international
15. policies and programs aimed at: (1) preventing sexual violence against Haitian
16. women and children, (2) combating sexual exploitation and trafficking of Haitian
17. women and children; (3) bringing to justice perpetrators of such crimes, and (4)
18. providing effective assistance and rehabilitation to victims.
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