URGENT PLEA FOR HELP- Our long-anticipated "Torture Report" project has launched, but we need your support to hire one more staff member!
URGENT PLEA FROM CAFETY's EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
On December 14-15, 2012, CAFETY leaders were invited to participate in an expert consultation meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur, Juan Méndez, in support of an upcoming thematic report on the issue of torture and ill-treatment in healthcare settings. Our Executive Director, Kathryn Whitehead and Policy Associate, Shain Neumeier were honored to have been afforded this valuable platform on which to draw international support to promote accountability in the care of our nations most vulnerable children. CAFETY, alongside other experts in the fields of human rights including Human Rights Watch, Disability Rights International and Amnesty International, presented on a concept paper we submitted to Mr. Méndez on the widespread and systemic infliction of severe pain and suffering upon children in mental or behavioral residential health care placement. In this capacity, CAFETY was granted the rare opportunity to advance the development of international law, specifically the applicability of the UN Torture Convention, which we believe define those conditions of placement many children are subjected to as torture and ill-treatment of children under the convention.
With this in mind, it is with great excitement and anticipation that I announce the launching of our latest project! At this time Hal Levy, our Columbia University human rights fellow and I have begun work on CAFETY's long-anticipated "Torture Report". We're pleased to announce we have received a grant from the Open Society Foundation for $15,000, allowing us bring former CAFETY intern, Shain Neumier, Esq onto our team.
This report is the outgrowth of two years of outreach and tracking of the survivor experience through CAFETY's online survey, which is still open to survivors to complete. Our report will be submitted as an urgent appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the U.N. Committee against Torture Spring/Summer 2013. However, we still need your help.
We know the impact international pressure can have in drawing media attention to human rights violations and pushing U.S. lawmakers to do the right thing. Recently, we've seen how the U.N.'s denouncing the use of electric shocks against children galvanized our community and law makers. We need your support to continue building our movement and empowering our volunteer educators and advocates in becoming powerful forces in raising public consciousness and advancing systemic change.
If you believe as we do in value and sustainabiity of grassroots change, please make a donation now to help us move our mission forward. Your support will ensure the story of survivors is told and the suffering we've ensured was not in vain.
With your support our staff may continue to empower volunteers by providing them with the tools to effectively use the human rights framework to influence our government, legislators and policymakers to take action to prevent further harm and hold perpetrators of torture and ill-treatment against children accountable.
A donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.