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Panel: Recognizing Freedom From Domestic Violence as a Human Right in Tompkins County, NY

On October 22, 2014, the Avon Global Center organized a panel discussion highlighting a Global Gender Justice Clinic project advocating for the adoption of a resolution in Tompkins County, NY to recognize freedom from domestic violence a human right. Panelists included Cornell Law School students working on this project: Joshua Baldwin, Joanne Joseph, and Carolyn Matos Montes, and Kristi Taylor, Adult Community Educator for the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County. 

The panel explained that framing freedom from domestic violence as a human rights issue recognizes that domestic violence is a societal problem that requires a societal solution, the first important step in moving this issue from the private sphere. According to the panelists, the purpose is simple: to increase public understanding of domestic violence, provide better services to survivors, give law enforcement new tools to support their efforts and ensure that the County’s response to domestic violence takes into account survivors’ voices and needs. The students further stressed that Tompkins County has the opportunity to become a regional leader in a national movement by recognizing freedom from domestic violence as a human right.

To view a recording of the panel, please click here.