Category Archive for: International Human Rights

New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking

by Jared Feldman

The NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking was established in 2011 by the Community Relations Committee of Greater MetroWest NJ to help create a grassroots abolitionist movement in New Jersey to eradicate Human Trafficking. The Coalition is made up of approximately 100 diverse groups, including: faith-based organizations, ethnic and community organizations, non-profits, government agencies, law enforcement,…

Armenian Genocide

by Jared Feldman

Historians and scholars tell us that the Armenian people were the victims of the first genocide of the twentieth century at the hands of the Ottoman Turks, the predecessors of modern-day Turkey. Approximately 1.5 million Armenians were killed or expelled from their homes and deported. The year 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the start…

Genocide

by Jared Feldman

Despite a collective commitment, the failure of the world community to stop genocidal violence and humanitarian catastrophe in Darfur and other areas of the world has raised the question of whether the United States and the international community have the political will and capacities necessary to deter or stop genocide and other mass atrocities.  The U.S. Senate,…

Haiti

by Jared Feldman

In January, portions of the island nation of Haiti, already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, were devastated by a massive earthquake, resulting in the loss as many as 300,000 lives, and possibly more. Many nations quickly reacted to provide humanitarian aid to Haiti.   As Americans, we applaud the tremendous efforts commenced by the U.S.…

UNITED NATIONS REFORM

by Jared Feldman

 The Jewish community throughout the US and around the world was involved in and supportive of the United Nations as it arose from the conflagration of World War II, promising a new way of engaging countries, multilaterally, in preventing future wars. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs remains fully committed to the founding and noble…

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

by Jared Feldman

 Each year approximately 800,000 people are trafficked worldwide, deprived of human rights and freedoms.[1]  Millions more are trafficked within their countries. Trafficking victims are often coerced by a trafficker, lured by the promise of a better life – higher salaries and better living conditions than they were accustomed to in their home countries.  However, once…

Stopping Genocide in The Sudan

by Jared Feldman

In 2005, the JCPA plenum adopted a comprehensive resolution “Stopping Genocide in the Sudan,” which called for a concerted effort to seek U.S. and international action to stop the killing, rape and destruction in the Darfur region of Sudan.  That resolution cited approximately 100,000 civilian deaths.  Today, it is estimated that over 200,000 people have…

International Debt Cancellation

by Jared Feldman

The JCPA’s 2001 “Commitment to Africa” resolution included support for international debt relief as a means of supporting responsible economic development.  The world’s poorest countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America continue to spend nearly $2 billion annually in debt service payments, crippling their ability to provide education, health care, and other essential services to…

International Religious Freedom

by Jared Feldman

BackgroundHaving been the quintessential victims of religious persecution over the centuries, Jews know what happens when good people silently stand by in the face of discrimination and oppression of others.  Jewish tradition teaches that in every generation we are obligated to view ourselves as if each of us had been personally brought forth out of…