News story: New commitments to tackling vulnerability in immigration detention announced

first_imgThe Home Office has already started working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to develop new pilot schemes, including an initial one to allow vulnerable women to be managed in the community, where they would otherwise be liable for detention.Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UK Representative said: UNHCR appreciates the increased efforts to review detention use in the UK, including the work of Stephen Shaw on the treatment of vulnerable detainees. We welcome the recent reduction in the use of immigration detention, and encourage the Government to continue this trend. Community-based, case management alternatives provide an effective means of resolving immigration and asylum cases without detention. UNHCR is grateful for the Home Office’s commitment to introducing alternatives to detention and will seek to intensify collaboration in this area. This work should help further reduce the use of detention, and provide better support and outcomes for those stuck in the immigration system. To increase support for vulnerable detainees, the Home Office will amend the Adults at Risk policy so it differentiates more strongly between cases to make sure those with the most complex needs receive the right attention and care.Finally, the Home Secretary has committed to publish more data on the immigration system. Alongside this, he is commissioning a new annual report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration to assess progress on the adults at risk policy. Detention is an important part of the immigration system – but it must be fair, dignified and protect the most vulnerable. We have made significant improvements to our approach in recent years, but it is clear we can go further. Under these reforms, we will work with our partners to develop alternatives to detention. We will also improve support for the most vulnerable, introduce a new drive on dignity in detention and be more transparent. My ultimate goal is to ensure that our immigration system – including our approach to detention – is effective and humane. The announcement comes in response to Stephen Shaw’s second review of the government’s approach to vulnerable people in immigration detention which looks at progress the government has made since his first report in 2016.The measures announced include commitments to work with charities, faith groups, communities and other stakeholders to develop alternatives to detention, strengthening support for vulnerable detainees and increasing transparency around immigration detention.In addition, the reforms will improve facilities in immigration removal centres. These include an immediate stop to the practice of three detainees occupying rooms originally designed for 2, piloting the use of Skype, and reviewing the training and support for staff in immigration removal centres so that they can work with detainees more closely.The Home Secretary also announced that he would review how time limited detention works in other countries, to build an evidence base to better inform the debate in the UK. And while currently detainees have an automatic bail hearing every 4 months, the government will pilot an additional bail referral after 2 months.Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, said:last_img read more

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GSAS Dean Allan Brandt to step down

first_imgAllan M. Brandt, who pioneered a new approach to curricular development with the launch of the Graduate Seminars in General Education, led a transformation in admissions practices that resulted in the enrollment of a record number of minority students, and shepherded Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) through the recent fiscal downturn, announced Wednesday that he will step down as GSAS dean this spring owing to health considerations, following a recently diagnosed illness. He plans to return to the faculty when his treatment is concluded.“It has been a truly great honor to serve in this role, to work with the remarkable staff of the Graduate School, our talented alumni, and our exceptional faculty and students,” Brandt said, in a message to GSAS staff. “I have found a deep sense of satisfaction and pride in leading this Graduate School since 2008, and I have been tremendously rewarded by my connection to all of you, and to our important work. I will greatly look forward to my return to the faculty and re-engaging in the critically important work of graduate education.”“In a period marked by dramatic change across the Harvard community, Allan Brandt distinguished himself as a dedicated leader of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and as an eloquent voice in support of the University’s highest intellectual aspirations,” President Drew Faust said. “His innovative work on pedagogy, support for teaching and learning, and steadfast leadership through fiscal challenges will continue to be felt by students, faculty, and staff across Harvard. I am deeply grateful for his service, and wish him a speedy and full recovery.”In a message to many in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) community announcing Brandt’s departure, FAS Dean Michael D. Smith said Brandt has overseen a period of unprecedented change and growth that transformed nearly all facets of the Graduate School.Since being appointed in 2008, Brandt has overseen five GSAS admission cycles, during which application totals have risen steadily. Under his leadership, the Graduate School also committed itself to increasing diversity in its Ph.D. programs. Changes in recruitment, admission, and retention efforts last year resulted in the most successful yield of admitted minority students, and a 23 percent jump in applications this year.Once students arrive on campus, Brandt has been instrumental in enhancing their experience at Harvard through efforts to adopt best practices in graduate advising and mentoring, through increases to the funding package offered to graduate students, and through the creation of programs that help graduate students navigate a challenging academic job market by developing pathways for Ph.D.s in industry and policymaking as well as the academy.In addition to efforts to bring graduate students into the curricular development process through the Graduate Seminars in General Education, Smith said, Brandt was instrumental in increasing support for graduate student teaching through innovative course work at the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. Such programs have helped graduate students continue to play a critical role in sustaining Harvard’s academic excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate level.“In addition to being a medical historian of international standing, Allan has been a truly remarkable dean for our Graduate School,” Smith said. “I feel privileged to have worked alongside Allan for the past four years. Please join me in thanking Allan for his service to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and for stewarding our Graduate School with such discerning vision and far-reaching dedication.”“Dean Brandt was incredibly attuned to the challenges that graduate students face,” said Benjamin Woodring, a Ph.D. candidate in English. “I worked with him on a variety of issues as president of the Graduate Student Council, and he was always receptive to our concerns and willing to help us think about how to advance them. His dedication to strong mentoring practices at the graduate level made a qualitative difference in the way many of us have experienced our graduate programs.“Dean Brandt also inspired students to think expansively about the potential of the work we’re doing at Harvard,” Woodring added. “He made us believe in the impact our work could have on the world — and in the crucial importance of the mission we’re all engaged in.”Richard Tarrant, the Pope Professor of the Latin Language and Literature, will serve as interim dean while the search for Brandt’s replacement takes place. Tarrant previously served as acting dean from 1995 to 1996.Richard Tarrant, the Pope Professor of the Latin Language and Literature, will serve as interim dean while the search for Brandt’s replacement takes place. Tarrant previously served as acting dean from 1995 to 1996. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer“Allan Brandt has led the Graduate School with commitment, imagination, and boundless energy, and it saddens me to be standing in for him under difficult circumstances,” Tarrant said. “I wish him all the very best for his treatment and recovery. I am deeply grateful to Allan and to Dean Smith for the trust they have placed in me, and I look forward to working with Administrative Dean Margot Gill and the outstanding GSAS staff to carry forward the mission of the Graduate School in the coming months.”Brandt, professor of the history of science and Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine, first came to Harvard as an instructor in 1982. He was promoted to assistant professor, then associate professor, before leaving for the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from 1990 to 1992. He returned to Harvard in 1992 as a professor in both FAS and the Medical School.In his nearly three decades at Harvard, Brandt has been an active member of numerous FAS committees, including the Health Policy Interfaculty Initiative, Special Concentrations, the Library Committee, and the Historical Studies Core Committee. He also served as a member of the Faculty Council (1992-95). At the Medical School, he has served on the Conflict of Interest Committee, Rare Books and Archives Committee, Joint Library Committee, Subcommittee of Professors, and Academic Promotions Committee. He served as chair of the Department of the History of Science from 2000 to 2006, and from 1996 to 2004 as director of the Division of Medical Ethics at the Medical School.Brandt’s major research interests include the social history of American medicine, science, and public health; ethics and values in health care; history of human subject research; and American social and political history. He has written extensively about ethical and policy issues in the history of disease. His 2007 book on the social and cultural history of tobacco use, “The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America,” was awarded the Albert J. Beveridge Prize from the American Historical Association and the Arthur Viseltear Prize from the American Public Health Association.Outside of Harvard, Brandt has been adviser and committee member for numerous health organizations, including the World Health Organization AIDS/HIV Program, the Hastings Center Study Group on AIDS and Civil Liberties, and two AIDS/HIV-focused committees of the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine.Born in Washington, D.C., Brandt received an M.A. (1975), an M.Phil. (1978), and a Ph.D. (1983), all in American history from Columbia University. His B.A. degree in history is from Brandeis University.last_img read more

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Karlovac County and Karlovac are richer by 15 interpretation guides

first_imgIt is in this segment that Karlovac County sees its opportunity for growth and development. Thus, with the aim of raising the quality of heritage interpretation services and guide services, the Karlovac County Tourist Board and the Karlovac Tourist Board organized the training of professionals who meet the need for heritage interpretation in their work, which should be adapted to different target groups.  “This education is a continuation of the activities we carry out in the city of Karlovac together with all partners. Our goal is to respond to new trends and raise the value and quality of the destination. Since the education is focused on a different, more interesting presentation of natural and cultural heritage, we are sure that it will help everyone who participated to present Karlovac in a quality way, and to achieve a common goal, and that is a satisfied guest.” said Marina Burić, director of the Tourist Board of the city of Karlovac. The training program includes a 40-hour training, is licensed by the Interpret Europe association, and the educator is the first licensed interpretation guide in Croatia and the author of the Secret Zagreb tour, Mrs. Iva Silla. Interpret Europe is a European professional association that brings together about 1000 professionals in the field of heritage interpretation from 55 countries. “Nowadays, most tourists and visitors truly enjoy getting to know new locations, their history and culture, and this is one of the most common travel motives when choosing a destination. But these historical curiosities are more impressive if they are presented in a way that evokes emotion and encourages interaction between the guide and the group, and this education program is just going in that direction. In this context, we can say that with this intensive five-day program we want to adapt to today’s trends and at the same time give this opportunity to all those who want to improve their knowledge and interpretation skills. The ultimate goal of all these activities is to raise the quality of services in the destination, and the interest of participants showed that we are on the right track”Said Dina Begić, director of the Karlovac County Tourist Board. Photo: TZ Karlovac And there is no better way than telling stories than through storytelling, whose main mantra is – sell me a story, not a product. A group of 15 registered participants in Karlovac started the course in mid-November. The theoretical part was held in the area of ​​Aquatika and the Franciscan monastery, while the practical part was held at various locations in the city and county. The wish of the organizers and participants of the course is that the richness of heritage is worthily passed on to visitors through interesting facts, facts, information, emotions and experience. I keep emphasizing how tourism consists of emotions, experiences and stories. It is our authentic stories that are the strongest content that makes us unique and that, after all, creates the motive of coming, because people travel to meet and experience a new way and culture of living. People travel to experience something new and different. Tell stories. Our authentic stories.last_img read more

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