Join us for a speaker event featuring Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp, former US Ambassador-at-Large, Office of Global Criminal Justice, and former Chief Prosecutor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, will discuss ongoing global efforts in national courts as well as before the International Criminal Court for prosecution of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide being perpetrated in Ukraine and their impact. He will also detail current efforts towards establishing a special international tribunal for prosecution of Russian officials for the crime of aggression, options being considered, and the prospects for its establishment.
For years, together with the Clooney Foundation for Justice TrialWatch Initiative, USC Gould School of Law International Human Rights Clinic student attorneys Pablo Aabir Das, Celine Ang, Tomi Johnson, Krisha Mae "Kimy" Cabrera, Sophie Sylla, David Wright, and supervising attorney Prof. Henna Pithia have monitored criminal cases brought by the Moroccan government against investigative journalist Omar Radi in an effort to silence him. Our latest report details how these have been riddled with fair trial rights violations and as TrialWatch expert, Professor Garry notes how these are part of a deeply concerning trend in Morocco of using shame inducing charges to stifle critical reporting and political dissent. Read the report: https://lnkd.in/g-QfiqXt
An Afghan family, in hiding in Pakistan, turned to the University of Southern California Gould International Human Rights Clinic for help applying for humanitarian parole. The process hasn't been easy, says Henna Pithia, acting director. “What’s frustrating is that the method of accessing humanitarian parole has not been updated to reflect the current crisis for this particular community,” she says. https://bit.ly/3Gd5OA4
In the op-ed, Professor Garry writes on the "mounting evidence of specific genocidal intent to destroy Ukrainians as a national group," and calls on world leaders to speak up about the thread of genocide under their legal obligation to prevent it.
The International Human Rights Clinic welcomes this judgement with the hopes that it provides some measure of justice/satisfaction for the victims.
In the op-ed, Garry explains why Dr. Beth Van Schaack should be confirmed as the first woman U.S. Ambassador at Large for Global Criminal Justice: “With Van Schaack in office, the U.S. can provide pragmatic, targeted support to the [International Criminal Courts] prosecutor on specific cases that align with U.S. interests, seeking accountability for massive crimes such as those currently happening in Ukraine."
The USC Gould International Human Rights Clinic will release Over-Policing Sex-Trafficking: How U.S. Law Enforcement Should Reform Operations, on Monday, November 15, 2021. The report is one of the first comprehensive reports about U.S. anti-sex trafficking law enforcement operations, jointly coordinated at the federal, state and local levels, and often known as “raids”, “stings” or “sweeps”. They involve law enforcement working undercover or investigating private establishments to identify persons who are sex trafficked (referred to as survivors or victims), and perpetrators. The U.S. government has long used these operations as a primary means for addressing sex trafficking, presenting them as an effective anti-sex trafficking tool through compelling media releases and press conferences. Meanwhile, there is little public data about operations’ outcomes and funding, despite distressing claims that operations harm and retraumatize persons who are sex trafficked, while perpetuating systemic racism as well as discrimination against LGBTQ individuals and undocumented immigrants.
The International Human Rights Clinic welcomes Henna Pithia (JD 2015) as visiting clinical assistant professor of law! She joins us to supervise the IHRC during IHRC Founding Director Hannah Garry’s…