Human Rights Fellowship at Joint Council

3 04 2011

Through a collaborative effort with the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, we are pleased to announce Onur Yilmaz as Joint Council’s Legislative Fellow beginning on April 10th.

Onur is a founding Board Member of Gündem: Çocuk! (Agenda: Child!), a Turkish non-profit organization that advocates for children’s rights and works towards the universal adoption and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Onur received his Master’s in Human Rights at Hacettepe University Institute of Social Sciences in Ankara, Turkey, where he is currently a Doctoral candidate.

Onur is one of thirteen accomplished and influential professionals working in the Turkish parliament, government ministries, local government offices, and civil society groups chosen to participate in a prestigious exchange program meant to promote greater citizen engagement in the legislative process. These legislative fellows are a part of a wider State Department-funded program which will sponsor Turkish MPs visiting the U.S. in the fall, as well as reciprocal visits by U.S. fellows to Turkey this summer and in Spring 2012.

Joint Council is very honored at being selected to participate in this program. We look forward to Onur’s participation in Joint Council’s work, to assist him in developing his skills and to benefit from his work in children’s rights.

Amercian University to host “Stolen Children: Illegal Practices in Intercountry Adoption”

1 04 2011

The UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic at Washington College of Law, American University is presenting Stolen Children: Illegal Practices in Inter-country Adoption and the Need for Reform on April 4, 2011 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm.

Joint Council’s Tom DiFilipo will participate as a panelist and will address both the role of social services in the prevention of abuse and abuse related consequences of adoption closures.

The event is open to the public and includes the following speakers.  We encourage all who are interested in protecting the rights of children and families to attend and participate in this robust discussion.

Keynote Presentation
Norma Cruz
Guatemalan human rights activist
President of the Fundacion Sobrevivientes (Survivors Foundation)

Panel Discussion
Tom DiFilipo
President & CEO
Joint Council on International Children’s Services

Karen Rotabi
Professor of Social Work
Virginia Commonwealth University

David Smolin
Cumberland School of Law

Alison Dilworth
Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State

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