#DVFree: Implementing the Human Right to be Free from Domestic Violence in Tompkins County, NY
On October 20, 2015, the Avon Global Center, together with the Global Gender Justice Clinic, organized a panel discussion during which Global Gender Justice Clinic students and a representative from the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County discussed their work in drafting guidelines for employers to protect victims of domestic violence in Tompkins County.
Clinic law students Alexander Gutierrez, Carolina Morales, and Amanda Reynoso-Palley, as well as the Executive Director of the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County, Heather Campbell, served as panelists describing what prompted their initiative, and how they have gone about drafting model guidelines to provide further protection for victims of domestic violence in the workplace. The Clinic students explained that this initiative builds upon previous efforts undertaken by the Clinic together with its partners as they successfully advocated for the passage and adoption of several local resolutions declaring freedom from domestic violence a fundamental human rights. Different local legislatures welcomed the resolution, and requested implementation mechanisms to make sure the resolutions would be mere symbolism.
In consultation with its partners, the Clinic then proposed to undertake a study looking into the gaps and challenges for domestic violence survivors in Tompkins County, as well as drafting a model guidelines addressing the needs and ensuring the safety of victims of domestic violence in the workplace.
Group picture in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month taken after the panel.