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International Justice Mission Urges U.S. Congress to Address Police Violence & Impunity

Friday, June 19, 2020, WASHINGTON, D.C. — International Justice Mission (IJM) welcomes the attention of the United States House of Representatives and Senate to the issue of police brutality in the U.S. and urges that robust reforms be adopted at the earliest opportunity.

IJM recommends legislation to reform policing in the U.S. that encompasses the well-developed body of international human rights standards for those engaged in law enforcement, as defined by the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. These are the standards that every country must ensure are effectively implemented and enforced, and U.S. Congressional action to hold policing in the U.S. to such standards is warranted and critical. IJM works around the world to end violence against people in poverty by investing in capacity building for law enforcement, prosecutors, courts and social welfare agencies to assist victims of crime and bring offenders to justice.

About International Justice Mission:

International Justice Mission is a global organization that protects people in poverty from violence. IJM partners with local authorities in 19 program offices in 11 countries to combat slavery, violence against women and children, and other forms of abuse against people who are poor. IJM works to rescue and restore victims, hold perpetrators accountable, and help strengthen public justice systems. Learn more at IJM.org.

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Maggie Cutrell

mcutrell[at]ijm.org

+1 478-955-4666

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