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JoAnn Kamuf
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JoAnn Kamuf Ward is Associate Director of the Human Rights in the U.S. Project at Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute. Ms. Ward focuses on promoting the use of a human rights framework to address inequality and social injustice domestically.

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Human Rights Offer a Platform for Change in New York City

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 11:24 AM

By JoAnn Kamuf Ward, Caroline Stover and Douglas Cantwell

Yesterday was Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Around the world December 10th signals recognition of the fundamental idea that all people are born equal in dignity and rights.  From...

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Human Rights on Hold

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 4:27 PM

By JoAnn Kamuf Ward, Douglas Cantwell, Victoria Gilcrease-Garcia, Ami Shah and Caroline Stover

Last week should have marked an important milestone for U.S. engagement with the international community on human rights. The United States was scheduled to appear before the United Nations Human Rights Committee as...

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Time to Practice What We Preach: Using Human Rights in Domestic Violence Policy

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 1:43 PM

In April, a domestic altercation made headlines in Seattle when it turned deadly. The perpetrator shot his girlfriend, two neighbors, a police officer, and ultimately himself. In the same month, in Cleveland, a man who kidnapped three young girls turned out to also have a history...

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From Rhetoric to Reality: The Time has Come for the Obama Administration to Take Concrete Steps to Adopt International Human Rights Standards

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 2:58 PM

The U.S. reached a milestone last week when it underwent the first comprehensive review of its human rights record as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. The review is a forum for U.N. member states to ask questions and make recommendations on the status of human rights within...

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Women's Rights Are Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2009 | 7:35 PM

President Obama continues to recognize the vital contributions that women make to the U.S. economy. Last week's Executive Order creating the White House Council on Women and Girls, and the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in January, demonstrate the President's commitment to making women's rights a domestic...

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