The UNA-USA Southern New York State Division 1 held its third consultation on Race, Criminal Justice and Human Rights on August 17, 2016. The event was held in the office of the UN Foundation in New York City.
The 38 participants included clergy members, police officers and consultants, legislative staff, university faculty members and other educators, attorneys, staff of agencies assisting prisoners or those released from prison, experts in human trafficking and violence against women, public health specialists, Human Rights specialists, NGO representatives, UNA-USA chapter and Division leaders and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority members, and included several people who were formerly incarcerated. Black Westchester Magazine has participated to the consultation two of the past three years.
Bearing in mind that the meeting was convened under the aegis of the UN Association of the USA, participants noted that many Americans are not aware how much behaviors and injustice in this country impact people and governments in the rest of the world. Human rights issues in the USA are actually global issues and criminal justice injustices are actually some of the most important human rights issues in the USA.