Bringing Human Rights to the Child Welfare System

DISTINGUISHED PANEL: LAWYERS & HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS. Educating participants about the Amendments to the US Constitution; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the Convention on the Rights of the Child; and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Provide printed materials.
When Feb 09, 2008
from 09:30 AM to 03:00 PM
Where Faculty Dining Room 2DO1
Contact Name
Contact Phone 347-522-4957
Attendees All are welcome
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The Event will consist of 3 parts:  

10:00am – 12:00pm

Education

Educating participants about the Amendments to the US Constitution; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the Convention on the Rights of the Child; and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Provide printed materials.

Showing of DVD Video “Youth for Human Rights”.

Explaining in detail Article 12, 16 and 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in relation to the Child Welfare System.

Explaining in detail the Preamble, and Articles 8, 9 and 16 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in relation to the Child Welfare System.

Explaining in details the IV, VIII, IX, XIII, and XIV Amendments of the US Constitution in relation to the Child Welfare System.   

12:00pm – 12:30pm

LUNCH: There will be a half-an-hour break where lunch will be provided  

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Testimony                                                                           

Allow people to testify in front of a qualified panel of jurors (3 minutes per person maximum). After every person’s testimony the panel will vote and the facilitator will report on what amendments and articles have been violated. Every panelist will have a card with all Amendments and Articles to just check-in for faster computation.  

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Plenary  

Summary and evaluation of the violations of the US Constitution and Human Rights Violations and conclusions on the necessary steps to change the present situation.

  The Judges will be: Martin Guggenheim, Ejim Dike, Autumn Wark, Sonny Sutherland, Dr. James McIntosh, Carolyn Kubitschek, John Carmichael and Ramona Ortega.

  Martin Guggenheim is the president of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform and the former Director of Clinical and Advocacy Programs, New York University Law School; author, What’s Wrong with Children’s Rights (Harvard University Press, 2005).  

Autumn Wark is an active member of Parents in Action who has had many encounters with the Child Welfare System in New York City. Although not an attorney, she is very knowledgeable about Family Law, the US Constitution and Human Rights articles. She strongly advocates for changing the present Child Welfare System.

  Ejim Dike , Urban Justice Center, Human Rights Project: Assistant Director, 2002-2007, Acting Director, 2007 to present; Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, M.U.P. 2001; Berea College, B.S. 1994.

  Sonny Sutherland is the Executive Director of The People’s Advocacy Group; he is also the producer of a weekly Television Show program that deals with community issues including Child Welfare issues. He has successfully advocated and won cases against ACS in Federal Court representing himself Prose.  

Dr. James McIntosh is the Executive Director of CEMOTAP (Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People) and a strong advocate of system change in the Child Welfare System.

Carolyn A. Kubitschek, Esq., is the Vice-president of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform and is the attorney specializing in child welfare law, former Coordinator of Family Law, Legal Services for New York City. She has won several landmark cases in Federal Court against ACS.

John Carmichael is the President of Youth for Human Rights International, New York City Chapter. He has been very active in educating people, particularly youth about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Youth for Human Rights produced 30 very educative Public Service Announcements, one for every one of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Ramona Ortega, was until recently the Director of the Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center. She is a Latina Social Activists who at present works as a consultant for them.

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