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Scholars and Practitioners to Discuss Justice, Security and Human Rights at John Jay College’s Tenth Biennial International Conference

Social, legal, technological and economic factors that are transforming criminal justice policy will be examined

New York, NY – May 30, 2012 – John Jay College of Criminal Justice will host the Tenth Biennial International Conference, " Global Perspectives on Justice and Security and Human Rights," in New York City from June 6– 9, 2012. Prominent scholars, government officials, practitioners and justice advocates from 25 countries including Australia, Brazil, China, Israel, India, Japan, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, Ukraine and the United States will join John Jay College faculty and students to present and discuss the latest research on various criminal justice and human rights-related topics.

"The issues of justice are universal, and the responses to crime, injustice and human rights issues are complex," said Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "This conference will provide a vital framework for criminal justice scholars and other stakeholders to discuss strategies for addressing the most serious challenges of the 21st century. Our faculty are uniquely suited to foster this important dialogue."

The four-day event will examine a broad-cross section of criminal justice issues including the latest research on transnational crime, interrogation techniques, juvenile justice and international human rights. Conferees will share international, comparative and multi-cultural perspectives on pressing world issues with an emphasis on how best to combat crime while furthering social justice.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Bryan Stevenson, JD
    Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative, Montgomery, AL
    Stevenson has won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. He is also a Professor of Clinical Law at New York University School of Law.
    Keynote Address: "Justice and Human Rights in an Era of Fear and Anger"
    Thursday, June 7, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Carlos Jibaja Zarate, PhD
    Director, Center of Psychosocial Attention, Salud Mental del CAPS, Lima, Peru
    Dr. Zarate is a clinical psychologist and a psychoanalytical psychotherapist and is a council member representing the Latin-American Network of International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims.
    Keynote Address: "Creation of a Center for the Treatment of Torture Survivors in Peru"
    Friday, June 8, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Saul Kassin, PhD
    Distinguished Professor of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY
    Kassin pioneered the scientific study of false confessions by creating a taxonomy of three types that is widely accepted and developing experimental paradigms that enable tests of why innocent people are targeted for interrogation, why they confess, and the impact this evidence has on juries. Interested in matters of policy and reform, some of his current research is funded by the National Science Foundation.
    Keynote Address: "Why Confessions Trump Innocence: The Case of Amanda Knox"
    Saturday, June 9, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Plenary sessions:

  • Human Trafficking: Law, Policy and Victim Assistance
    Ganesh Garung, PhD – Chair, Nepal Institute of Development Studies
    Peggy Healy, JD – Senior Vice President, Latin America, Covenant House
    Anne Milgram, JD – VP for Criminal Justice, Arnold Foundation/Senior Fellow, New York University Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, New York
    Thursday, June 7, 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
  • Global Perspectives on Interrogation and Intelligence Gathering
    Allison Redlich, PhD – Associate Professor, State University of New York at Albany, New York
    Friday, June 8, 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Panel topics will include:

  • Critical Incident Analysis: Weapons Trauma and Critical Incidents
  • Crime and the Internet
  • Counter-Terrorism
  • FBI Uniform Crime Reports: Using Data to Inform Public Policy
  • International Corrections Reform
  • Issues in Latin American Justice
  • Legal and Judicial Reforms in the Countries of Former Soviet States
  • Linking Violent Serial Crime
  • New Crimes and Crime Patterns
  • Police-Initiated Stops
  • Psychologists and U.S. Torture
  • Sex Offender Civil Confinement

For more information on the International Conference on Justice and Security and Human Rights including the conference program, visit:

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