Lisa DavisDear IAWJ Members,

I am happy to report a very active end of summer and early fall for IAWJ. Our very active leaders and membership hosted two region-wide meetings in Africa (in South Africa in August) and Latin American and the Caribbean (in Brazil in October) with substantive panels on the latest challenges affecting women and girls and judicial responses. Congratulations is due to the South African Chapter, the Brazilian Chapter, and the Caribbean Association of Women Judges for hosting such spectacular meetings.

Thanks to the committed outreach and mentoring of individual board members, we have a number of new member associations that are forming and request our advice and affiliation. These new associations hail from France, Ukraine, Spain, Peru, and the Dominican Republic.

In October, IAWJ launched two new projects in the Caribbean to support judicial response to forms of violence against women and girls. IAWJ in partnership with the Haitian Chapter of the Association of Women Judges started a new three year program to combat trafficking in women and girls. This program is funded by the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons with $750,000. Another new fast-paced project begins in the Dominican Republic to address the reasons for ‘case collapse’ in gender-based violence cases. USAID funds this project with $500,000. During our first trip to the DR, our newest members within the judiciary provided critical insights and support. Welcome to our new friends there! At the working meeting at the regional meeting in Sao Paolo, our members within the Caribbean Association of Women Judges and member associations throughout South America have offered their collaboration in these projects–as these two important human rights issues are high priorities for all in the region.

IAWJ is taking advantage of our ability to network and share strategies and experience. I welcome the willingness by all to collaborate in growing our organization and ensuring our work has greater reach and impact. Please feel free to contact us in the Washington, D.C. with your ideas for collaboration.

Lisa Davis
IAWJ Executive Director