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NJSBA’s Women in the Profession to hold annual event this week

For Immediate Release
November 9, 2015
Contact: Kate Coscarelli
Senior Managing Director Communications
NEW BRUNSWICK--The rights of women around the world will take center stage tomorrow at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Women in the Profession Section bench bar event.
From 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, lawyers and experts will discuss human rights issues facing women from a global perspective. The section teamed up with the International Justice Project (IJP) to develop the programming, which will look at issues including:
• Gender-based crimes and the use of sexual violence against women as a weapon of war;
• Women and international law;
• Representing victims at the International Criminal Court;
• Universal Declaration of Human Rights: right to a fair trial, right to confront an accuser, right to counsel, right not to be persecuted; and
• Human trafficking of women
Among the speakers are Wanda Akin, a New Jersey attorney who co-founded the IJP; Elise Groulx Diggs, who is with Doughty Street Chambers, based in Washington, D.C.; Jehanne Henry, a senior researcher in the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch; Simone Monasebien, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime representative; Raymond Brown, a noted New Jersey attorney and co-founder of the IJP; Karol Corbin Walker, former president of the NJSBA; American Bar Association President Paulette Brown; and Monica Feltz, executive director of the IJP.
In addition to the educational session, the section will present U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Cox Arleo with the Justice Marie Garibaldi Award. Garibaldi, the first woman to serve on the state’s highest court, will present the award.
At the event, several pieces by artist Jane Caminos from her recent series “On Women Bound” will be on display. The series of 24 narrative oil paintings is meant to increase the awareness of crimes against women whether locally or across the globe.
“Worldwide, one in three women can expect to experience violence during her lifetime… ‘On Women Bound’, exposes violence against women and girls across all cultures with the hope that those who view the art will gain an increased awareness of this horrific issue and in doing so will generate an ongoing dialogue with others. As an activist artist, it’s my intention to help the victims become victorious,” said Caminos.