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01 July 2020

Sextortion Forum


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How acute is the Sextortion issue?  What must we do to counter Sextortion?

Sex + Corruption = Sextortion          

The abuse of power to obtain sexual favors – specific demands by men in power of sex in return for, for example, obtaining a job, getting a passing college grade, ensuring safe passage as a migrating refugee, obtaining vital official documents.   What all the victims have in common is that they are in situations where they have few means to secure legal, or community support and recourse – making them all the more vulnerable.    

Please join outstanding experts from Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States in a 90-minute conversation on one of the worst forms of corruption. 

Guest experts include:

Francisca Chinelo Ekwonu, founder of “New Girl On Campus (NGOC), ” official at the Centre for Social Awareness, Advocacy and Ethics (CSAAE), Lagos, Nigeria.

Dr. Ortrun Merkle, United Nations University-MERIT

Nancy Hendry International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), Washington DC  – a leading authority and writer on the challenges of sextortion. 

Marie Chêne, Transparency International, Berlin, Research Director – TI recently published: Breaking the Silence around Sextortion: The Links between Power, Sex and Corruption

Oluwaseun Ayodeji OsowobiExecutive Director, Stand to End Rape Initiative (STER), Lagos, Nigeria.

Dena Shayne, Equal Justce Works Crime Victims Just Corps Fellow, Amara Legal Center

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24 June 2020

2020 UNA-NCA Annual Meeting

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Date: June 24th, 2020
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free; Suggested donation of $30.  Registration is required.

Join UNA-NCA on June 24 for this year's Annual Meeting to learn more about our recent accomplishments and continued work. The program also includes the presentation of the 2019-2020 Annual Reports and Board election results.

The program will feature an intergenerational conversation on the State of Human Rights at Home and Globally with:

Loyce Pace, UNA-NCA Board Member and Global Health Council President and Executive Director 

Tonia Wellons, Greater Washington Community Foundation President

George Jones, Bread for the City President and Chief Executive Officer 

Oona Nelson, Howard University Student and UNA-USA National Council Representative

Suggested donations are welcome online and via check sent to the UNA-NCA office at 2000 P Street NW, Suite 540, Washington, DC 200036

18 June 2020

Coffee Chat with UNHCR, IOM and More

UNA-NCA Coffee Chat: Refugee & Migrant Rights

Honoring World Refugee Day & Exploring SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

Join us on Thursday, June 18 from 1:00-2:00pm for our exploration of the landscape of migration, asylum & resettlement in an age of unprecedented challenges- from political opposition to the global pandemic. 
UNA-NCA will be joined by leadership from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), Ayuda, and more. 

Luca Dall'Oglio
DC Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Ronnate Asirwatham
Director for Advocacy, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)

Jana Mason
Senior Advisor, External Relations & Government Affairs, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Beatriz Ortiz 
Staff Attorney, DC Immigration, Ayuda

Mamadou Sy

Vice President of Operations, Lutheran Social Services (LSS)


What are our shared goals and challenges? Register now

Stay tuned for speaker updates.  

16 June 2020

Young Professionals Career Session: Nuclear Career Chat with Foreign Affairs Specialist Victoria Sanchez

Date: June 16, 2020
Time: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free for Members and Students; $5 for Non-Members

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Join us for a career conversation with Victoria Sanchez, Foreign Affairs Officer with the U.S. Department of State. Victoria will share insights from her current role and how she got her start through the National Nuclear Security Administration Graduate Fellowship. Victoria will also speak about pursuing a career in federal service and provide career advice for students and young professionals.


Jordan Hibbs, UNA-NCA Board of Directors (Facilitator)

26 May 2020

Washington D.C. and Delaware UN75 Consultation


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22 May 2020

2020 UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards Nominations

Thank you for your interest innominating an individual or organization for the 2020 UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards.  Unfortuantely, the nominations period has closed.  Keep an eye on our website and newsletter for more information on this year's ceremony!

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area’s (UNA-NCA) annual Human Rights Awards Reception commemorates the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by presenting the Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award, the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award, the F. Allen “Tex” Harris Diplomacy Award, and the Community Human Rights Award to individuals and organizations that have made substantial contributions in the field of human rights.

We invite you to submit your nominations for the 2020 UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards. This is an opportunity for you to honor those you know who are working to further human rights, and we are excited to see who this year’s recipients will be.

The Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award is presented to persons who have:
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19 May 2020

UNA-NCA Coffee Chat: Leaders in Innovation and Social Impact

UNA-NCA Coffee Chat: Leaders in Innovation and Social Impact

Exploring Business-NGO Partnerships 

UNA-NCA will be hosting our next Coffee Chat in partnership with GoogleUNFCUStarbucksDevex, and more!
Join us on Tuesday, May 19 from 1:00-2:00pm for our exploration of Business-NGO partnerships with leaders in corporate social responsibility and social impact programming.
Cross-sector partnerships play an essential role in allowing us to achieve shared goals in sustainable development. We will explore our stakeholders' respective business practices, industry challenges, and the impact of COVID-19 on cross-sector collaboration. 

The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Alene Gelbard, founder of ACCESS Partnerships, featuring: 

Ria Bailey-Galvis
Senior Analyst in Government Affairs and Public Policy,Google 

Aldrinana Leung
Manager of Global Social Impact, Starbucks 

Zoe Kant
Deputy Director of Corporate Engagement, The Nature Conservancy

Adva Saldinger
Associate Editor, Devex

Elisabeth Philippe
Senior Manager of Community and Media Relations, UNFCU

What are our shared goals- and how can we work together to build a better future? Register now.
Did you miss our last Coffee Chat on Women in Leadership and SDG 5? You can watch a brief recap here
Register for UNA-NCA's Coffee Chat on Business-NGO Partnerships here
 Direct all inquiries to shayna@unanca.org. 

18 May 2020

2020 Board of Directors Election Slate

Members: Vote Today!

Officers (Two-year term)
Board Chair-Elect: Jill Christianson
Vice Chair, Advocacy: Gayatri Patel 
Vice Chair and Secretary: Dawn Calabia   
Chair, Advisory Council*: Ted Piccone

Directors-At-Large (Three-year term)
Supriya Baily
Patricia Beneke
Renee Dopplick
Steven McGann
Michael Onyemelukwe
Audré Park
Richard Ponzio
Aaron Sean Poynton 

Student Representative (One-year term)
Nursena Oktem

*Please note that there will be two Co-Chairs of the Advisory Council.  Nancy Donaldson will be appointed as the other Co-Chair.

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