Advocacy – Global and Local

Presenter/Author Information

Nahal Zamani, Center for Constitutional Rights

Location

University of Dayton

Start Date

2-10-2015 8:45 AM

End Date

2-10-2015 10:15 AM

Abstract

The United States was a leader in the creation of the modern human rights regime, however, in recent years, actual implementation of treaty provisions into domestic laws, policies and practice in order to protect against human rights violations has been halfhearted and modest at best. In New York, the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) policy of stop and frisk and other discriminatory policing practices have had a detrimental impact on peoples’ lives.

Starting in 2011, a highly successful and collaborative campaign took head on the issue of stop and frisk and other discriminatory policing practices by centering the impact of these policies, winning political will, successfully suing the police department, and passing landmark legislation to ensure accountability of the NYPD. The international human rights community also drew its scrutiny to the practices of the NYPD as an example of how the U.S. government was failing to meet its international human rights obligations.

This research is a case study for effective human rights advocacy and organizing work, highlighting strategies for effective campaigning and discuss how large human rights organizations can meaningfully collaborate with and support the capacity-building of community-based partners to advance social justice.

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Oct 2nd, 8:45 AM Oct 2nd, 10:15 AM

Taking on the NYPD by Centering the Impact and Building a Movement: A Successful Human Rights Campaign Case Study (abstract)

University of Dayton

The United States was a leader in the creation of the modern human rights regime, however, in recent years, actual implementation of treaty provisions into domestic laws, policies and practice in order to protect against human rights violations has been halfhearted and modest at best. In New York, the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) policy of stop and frisk and other discriminatory policing practices have had a detrimental impact on peoples’ lives.

Starting in 2011, a highly successful and collaborative campaign took head on the issue of stop and frisk and other discriminatory policing practices by centering the impact of these policies, winning political will, successfully suing the police department, and passing landmark legislation to ensure accountability of the NYPD. The international human rights community also drew its scrutiny to the practices of the NYPD as an example of how the U.S. government was failing to meet its international human rights obligations.

This research is a case study for effective human rights advocacy and organizing work, highlighting strategies for effective campaigning and discuss how large human rights organizations can meaningfully collaborate with and support the capacity-building of community-based partners to advance social justice.