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  • Violence to Women and Children
    • After meeting with several focus groups in Cambodian villages, the women said they wanted a book in their language that would explain their rights under the law and how to use the law to achieve those rights. The first problem each group mentioned was violence in the home. Even though many could not read, someone among the family or friends could and would explain it to the others. Following that, the Knowledge of Law for Women was produced. At first, only a small number were created because the funder felt it would not have a large market. But immediately upon production, the books were gone and put into use. Eventually thousands were produced and the book began to be used in the gender studies classes at local universities. Knowledge of Law for Women, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, July 2004.
    • In newly democratic states, legal literacy is of major concern. While in Russia, a series of simple, easy to read and understand brochures, were created on topics such as the Constitution, labor rights, divorce, child custody, child support, sexual violence, and sexual harassment. The series was called “A Rainbow of Rights” and produced in appropriate colors. Over 80,000 brochures were distributed in less than two years and continues to be a part of the program.
  • Sex Trafficking
    • A 16 week course for law students on sex trafficking was developed in Russian.  The course is available solely on CD.  It is divided into lectures, handouts, activities, required reading, extra reading, AV and evaluation.  Instructors can download and use what is appropriate for their class.  Available from the ABA.
    •   A training for consular officers regarding sex trafficking was created and delivered in September 2007 for various consulates in Vladivostok, Russia.  The training package complete  with trainers manual, power point presentations, and handouts is available from ABA ROLI. 
    • At a national conference on domestic violence, the issue was raised that many trafficking victims are finding their way to shelters or being brought by the police for lack of other options. The shelter staff did not know how to respond. Pursuant to that need, DHS engaged Post to write a manual for shelters. What Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Service Providers Need to Know About Sex Trafficking, Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, April, 2002.  Adobe Acrobat ReaderWhat Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Service Providers Need to Know About Sex Trafficking 
    • In preparation for the South East Asia Conference on Trafficking in Children for Sexual Purposes, Medan Indonesia, March 2004, Post created a matrix of what is necessary to conform to international standards and analyzed the laws of the 10 ASEAN countries resulting in a Comparison of ASEAN Laws on Trafficking to the UN Protocol. A similar matrix was created for the Women’s World Conference in 2005 in Seoul, Korea. 
  • Domestic Violence
    • Following the lead of the Wellesley Battered Mother’s Testimony Project, the two-year project was replicated in AZ. The report focused on the facts of how battered women are treated in court and the subsequent violations of state, constitutional and international law. Battered Mother's Testimony Project: A Human Rights Approach to Domestic Violence and Child Custody, Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, June 2003.  Adobe Acrobat ReaderBattered Mothers Testimony Project
    • In partnership with German Technical Assistance – Women’s Rights Project in Cambodia, a training manual for judges on domestic violence was created with extensive interactive techniques built into the training. Judicial Training Manual for the Royal School of Magistrates and Prosecutors, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, December 2004 for German Technical Assistance – Women’s Rights Project. 
  • Prostitution
    • Prostitution is closely allied with sex trafficking and much of the work covers both aspects.
    • Post published an article in September 2006 in Raffia, a Dutch magazine connected to the Institute for Gender Studies in the Netherlands, arguing against legalized prostitution on the basis that it is a violation of several international human rights.
  • Pornography
    • Exploitation through pornography is likewise connected to sex trafficking and prostitution. The legal analysis of pornography in the Supreme Court, published in Rain and Thunder, illustrates the bias against women that permeates the legal system.
  • Legislative Advocacy
    • For those new to the democratic process, the system of lobbying is unknown territory. To bridge that gap, Post has developed a training program that results in a developed lobbying plan at the end of the training. This program has been extensively utilized in Russia and other Eastern European countries.
  • Legal Advocacy
    • One of the difficulties in advocating for vulnerable populations is finding attorneys who are trained and more importantly willing to bring human rights law suits for the victims. In many former Soviet Union countries, the law allows non-lawyers to practice in the courts under certain circumstances. To meet the need for such representation, a “social advocate” program was created in Russia. The model was so successful, it was repeated several times in Russia and exported to several other Russian speaking countries. A manual in Russian is now available from ABA CEELI or by emailing Ms. Post.
    • A similar problem exists in the U.S. Battered women can find no attorneys qualified to represent them or they have no money to do so. To address that problem, an advocate manual was created to allow those already working with the victims to assist as much as possible. Lay Legal Advocate Manual for Those Working on Violence Against Women in Arizona, Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division of the Maricopa County Bar, Domestic Violence Committee, June, 2001, August 2002. Adobe Acrobat ReaderLay Legal Advocate Manual for Those Working on Violence Against Women in Arizona
    • To meet the requirements of a grant, four agricultural associations in Egypt were required to have Gender Equality Plans. After a month of intense work with the associations, four detailed plans were developed and approved by the associations

 
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  • Russia
    • One of the difficulties in advocating for vulnerable populations is finding attorneys who are trained and more importantly willing to bring human rights law suits for the victims. In many former Soviet Union countries, the law allows non-lawyers to practice in the courts under certain circumstances. To meet the need for such representation, a “social advocate” program was created in Russia. The model was so successful, it was repeated several times in Russia and exported to several other Russian speaking countries. A manual in Russian is now available from ABA CEELI or by emailing Ms. Post. 
    • In newly democratic states, legal literacy is of major concern. While in Russia, a series of simple, easy to read and understand brochures, were created on topics such as the Constitution, labor rights, divorce, child custody, child support, sexual violence, and sexual harassment. The series was called “A Rainbow of Rights” and produced in appropriate colors. Over 80,000 were distributed in less than two years and continue to be a part of the program.
  • Africa
    • Intensive training of women lawyers in Algeria followed by pro bono work and advocacy campaigns was organized out of the Algeria ABA ROLI office in 2008-2009.
    • To meet the requirements of a grant, four agricultural associations in Egypt were required to have Gender Equality Plans. After a month of intense work with the associations, four detailed plans were developed and approved by the associations.
    • At an international conference on legal aid, Post was a speaker to discuss a comparison of legal aid systems in Russia and Cambodia. International Conference on Legal Aid, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Getting legal aid to the people: A comparison of work in Russia and Cambodia, April 6-8, 2005.
    • On behalf of the National Conference of Black Lawyers and the National Lawyers Guild, Post was a monitor of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee during three weeks in the summer of 1997.
  • Southeast Asia
    • After meeting with several focus groups in Cambodian villages, the women said they wanted a book in their language that would explain their rights under the law and how to use the law to achieve those rights. The first problem each group mentioned was violence in the home. Even though many could not read, someone among the family or friends could and would explain it to the others. Following that, the Knowledge of Law for Women was produced. At first, only a small number were created because the funder felt it would not be much used. But immediately upon production, the books were gone and put into use. Eventually thousands were produced and the book began to be used in the gender studies classes at local universities. Knowledge of Law for Women, East West Management Institute, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, July 2004.
    • In preparation for the South East Asia Conference on Trafficking in Children for Sexual Purposes, Medan Indonesia, March 2004, Post created a matrix of what is necessary to conform to international standards and analyzed the laws of the 10 ASEAN countries resulting in a Comparison of ASEAN Laws on Trafficking to the UN Protocol. A similar matrix was created for the Women’s World Conference in 2005 in Seoul, Korea.
    • In partnership with German Technical Assistance – Women’s Rights Project in Cambodia, a training manual for judges on domestic violence was created with extensive interactive techniques built into the training. Judicial Training Manual for the Royal School of Magistrates and Prosecutors, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, December 2004 for German Technical Assistance – Women’s Rights Project.
  • Eastern Europe
    • For those new to the democratic process, the system of lobbying is unknown territory. To bridge that gap, Post has developed a training program that results in a developed lobbying plan at the end of the training. This program has been extensively utilized in Russia and other Eastern European countries.
  • United States
    • At a national conference on domestic violence, the issue was raised that many trafficking victims are finding their way to shelters or being brought by the police for lack of other options. The shelter staff did not know how to respond. Pursuant to that need, DHS engaged Post to write a manual for shelters. What Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Service Providers Need to Know About Sex Trafficking, Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, April, 2002. Adobe Acrobat ReaderWhat Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Service Providers Need to Know About Sex Trafficking 
    • Following the lead of the Wellesley Battered Mother’s Testimony Project, the two-year project was replicated in AZ. The report focused on the facts of how battered women are treated in court and the subsequent violations of state, constitutional and international law. Battered Mother's Testimony Project: A Human Rights Approach to Domestic Violence and Child Custody, Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, June 2003. Adobe Acrobat ReaderBattered Mother's Testimony Project: A Human Rights Approach to Domestic Violence and Child Custody
    • A similar problem exists in the U.S. Battered women can find no attorneys qualified to represent them or they have no money to do so. To address that problem, an advocate manual was created to allow those already working with the victims to assist as much as possible. Lay Legal Advocate Manual for Those Working on Violence Against Women in Arizona, Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division of the Maricopa County Bar, Domestic Violence Committee, June, 2001, August 2002. Adobe Acrobat ReaderLay Legal Advocate Manual for Those Working on Violence Against Women in Arizona

 


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