When I joined IARS last summer it represented a long over due step in my career moving from project delivery and management into a more research based academic career. For the past 15 years I had spent my working life working on and managing projects that supported some of the most marginalised groups in the UK.
Restore:London are developing a victim led pan London restorative justice service on behalf on MOPAC.
As part of the project IARS is coordinating a User Scrutiny Panel with the purpose of ensuring the service is truly user led. A vacancy has recently opened up on the panel so if you are interested in getting involved please get in touch.
It’s January and the time of year for new year resolutions. Whether or not you have made some I think you would agree with me that it is always a good idea to work on your personal and professional development. At IARS International Institute we are continually developing training for professionals to support them in their work with some of Europe’s most vulnerable groups and this year we are offering members the chance to get trained for free.
This Sunday is International Migrants Day with the UN calling on the international community to take action to ensure that migration issues are taken more seriously. IARS has been working on migration issues for a number of years to help improve the support offered to those who have migrated so that they are supported in a more effective and dignified way. Our projects are user led, meaning the those benefiting from our work are also the ones helping to decide what to focus on and what form the projects should take.
The publication of the Casey Review this week keeps in the tradition of successive governments’ concern for community cohesion and social integration. Studies into the state of communities, especially inner city and other urban poor areas have been common place ever since Charles Booth ground breaking study of the East End towards the end of the 19th Century. A common thread throughout these studies is the blaming of groups of immigrants for particular social ills, rather than considering deeper underlying causes, and Dame Casey’s review is no different.
On 10th December 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To mark the anniversary IARS is joining with the British Institute of Human Rights to call on the government to drop the Conservative Party’s intention of scrapping the Human Rights Act.
by Kristina Harris
The IARS International Institute has been successful in gaining Erasmus+ funding.
In the wake of the Brexit vote there has been a reported increase in discrimination and abuse levelled at the UK’s minority groups. One such group’s whose experiences haven’t hit the headlines is the Jewish community, yet the impact is no less real than the more reported anti Muslim or anti migrant sentiment.
IARS is preparing a submission to the Home Affairs Committee’s inquiry into anti-Semitism and are asking for organisations, groups and individuals to share with us any anti-Semitic intimidation or discrimination they have experienced.
Re-humanizing Refugees: Stop Blanket Blaming by Kristina Harris
Not Just a Number