By Raphael Piliero, Senior Research Analyst

How can nations work to prevent violence at the hands of law enforcement officials? A recent report released by the United Nations Human Rights Council lays out a path forward. This follows the forty-seventh session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), convened this past summer with regular sessions held three times a year. …


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Young people are some of the most capable individuals driving change globally; Regardless of background, we strive to give the younger generation the tools they need to create a more equitable world.

Through a series of modules, this toolkit will empower students to take action on issues within their community.

Mentors and teachers can guide students through five steps to learn more about advocacy and develop their own action-oriented projects. Students will begin by exploring the basics of advocacy and what they can do as individuals.

Activities offer students the opportunity to think critically about…


By Torre Ippolito, Neval Mulaomerovic, Ryan Oberlag, and Raphael Piliero | UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellows

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The RiverSmart Homes project is an initiative started by the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment (DDOEE) to mitigate the negative effects of stormwater runoff and bolster infrastructure resilience in partnership with residential homeowners. This study, led by Advocacy Fellows working with the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA), sought to explore the potential relationship between income, race, and environmental management programs in order to contextualize the link between resource scarcity and environmental health. The study was…


By Adina Mobin, UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellow

A 2018 protest against rape and violence against women in India. Piyal Adhikary/EPA

While the lockdown was enforced to ensure safety, a lot of women out there are not safe in their own homes”

– Kirti Kulhari, Indian Activist and Actress

As the world continues to endure the COVID-19 pandemic and its striking social, economic, and political reorientations, one shadow pandemic surges: Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Over 243 million people are subject to GBV, a persisting violation of the universal human right to security. Addressing the issue of GBV remains a challenge for a number of reasons, one being the limited availability of comprehensive, reliable, comparable, and up-to-date…


By Julie Choi, Ana Lipton, Kathryn Ng Ross, and Kayleigh Thompson | UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellows

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This toolkit seeks to assist advocates of all ages and experiences to better understand the importance of good mental health through information and practice.

Through discussion of mental health in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, this toolkit evaluates the UN’s role in protecting mental health as well as general recommendations for better mental health practices.

The toolkit includes an in-depth discussion on what mental health, mental illnesses, and mental disorders are, how they affect the physical body…


By Julie Choi, Katie Ng Ross, Ana Lipton, Kayleigh Thompson, Ava Kargosha, and Marissa Zupancic | UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellows

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On March 16, 2021, eight Asian-American women were killed in a series of mass shootings in Atlanta, Georgia.

This attack is a part of the dramatic rise in hate crimes against the AAPI community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought with it anti-Asian rhetoric fueled by those who believe that China is responsible for the virus’ spread.

Despite the passage of an Anti-Asian Hate Crime bill by the US Congress, the increased…


By Marissa Zupancic, UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellow

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LGBTI rights in the United States have slowly been advancing. However, the LGBTI movement all too often ignores the demands of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. Gender nonconforming people may identify as genderqueer, nonbinary, gender fluid, or other labels regarding the expressions of their gender. Allies and members of the LGBTI community frequently fail to recognize the weaknesses of current policies when analyzing the progression of gay rights in the U.S. …


By Raphael Piliero, UNA-NCA Senior Research Analyst

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What does censorship mean in the 21st century? Defined as “…suppression or prohibition of…that…considered…politically unacceptable,” censorship entails a powerful actor erecting barriers to ideas or speech from entering the public. If asked, most people would likely think of the practice as political speech critical of the government being banned, a newspaper being barred from publishing a particular piece, or other examples where the government steps in to block an idea from entering the public domain.

However, while those actions are in fact censorship, prohibiting information from entering the public domain is not the…


By Ana Lipton, UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellows

Sustainable Consumption and Production

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12 aims to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by creating sustainable consumption and production: “By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse.” Goal 12's purpose is to create a more equitable and sustainable society through waste minimization by reducing consumerism and increasing product life spans to lessen the need for replacement goods.

A critical factor in achieving this goal is technological innovation. Progress in technology has contributed to increased product lifespan; for example, modern LED lightbulbs can last over ten


Written by UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellows Cassidy Childs, Nadjad Nikabou Salifou, Torre Ippolito, Neval Mulaomerovic, Adina Mobin, and Ava Kargosha

Image courtesy of Capital Area Food Bank

Executive Summary

The issue paper aims to analyze the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected and perpetuated food insecurity in the DC area. This research utilizes quantitative data relating to food insecurity in DC as well as qualitative data from original interviews with organizations working on food security in the Greater Washington Region. Ultimately, we conclude that the pandemic has exacerbated existing trends in food insecurity and created new issues surrounding access for vulnerable populations. …

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