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Washington, March 28, 2018

  • In addition to congratulating JSCA for the work that it has developed in the region, the Committee agreed to hold another meeting in June with all of the missions in attendance to present and discuss specific issues addressed by the international agency in greater detail.
  • JSCA must replace two members of its Board of Directors at the 48th OAS General Assembly. The Executive Director invited member states to present female candidates at the next OAS General Assembly.


The Executive Director of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), Jaime Arellano, presented the Center’s Annual Report to the OAS Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs (CAJP) and invited OAS member states to present female candidates to the JSCA Board of Directors.

In addition to the detailed report on all JSCA activities including research, projects, training and dissemination in the region, Arellano reported on the recent launch of the Center’s Gender Equality Policy, which sets out a commitment and roadmap for the next four years in this area.


The representatives of the OAS missions congratulated Arellano on the work that the Center has done and the clear impact that it is having on justice systems and for having approved and implemented the Gender Equality Policy.

 

 

Committee President and Ambassador of Uruguay Hugo Cayrús welcomed Mexico’s proposal and asked the Executive Director to offer a longer presentation and discussion with all of the missions in June so that those in attendance can learn more about and discuss certain issues of interest in greater depth.


JSCA must replace two members of its Board at the 48th OAS General Assembly. The Board of Directors supervises the leadership’s work and approves the plans of action, budget and annual reports. It is currently composed of six men and one woman: Manuel Montecino, President (El Salvador); Daniel Petrone, Vice President (Argentina); Leonidas Rosa (Honduras); Douglass Cassel (United States); George Thomson (Canada); Alexis Mera (Ecuador); and Margarita de Hegedus (Uruguay).



Arellano invited the member states to present female candidates to the JSCA Board of Directors at the next General Assembly and to follow Uruguay’s example.

According to the Regulations of the OAS Permanent Council, agencies like JSCA must submit a report on the previous year’s actions to the Committee prior to the beginning of the period of ordinary sessions of the OAS General Assembly.

Arellano used last week’s visit to Washington to attend the CAJP session to hold meetings on specific initiatives with the missions of Canada, the United States and Chile.

 

 

 

 

 

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