Job opening in Washington: Inter-American Affairs Assistant (Part-Time)

Job opening in Washington: Inter-American Affairs Assistant (Part-Time)

The ICRC Regional Delegation in Washington is hiring an Inter-American Affairs Assistant (Part-Time, 25 hours per week). Motivation letter along with resume and short Spanish and English writing samples (maximum 500 words each) should be sent to lmacabrey@icrc.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled. Desired starting date: September 4, 2018.

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The ICRC in DC is Hiring an Organization of American States Intern

The ICRC in DC is Hiring an Organization of American States Intern

The ICRC in Washington is hiring an Organization of American States Intern. Must have an excellent command of Advanced Business English and Advanced Business Spanish. Please note: Motivation letters and resumes should be sent to lmacabrey@icrc.org. The closing date for applications is November 20.

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We're Hiring: Finance and Administration Manager

We're Hiring: Finance and Administration Manager

We're hiring a Finance and Administration Manager! The Finance and Administration Manager is responsible for the set up and management of the administrative structures of the ICRC regional delegation in Washington.  In line with corresponding professional guidelines, coordinates and supervises all administrative files (finances, premises, logistics, IT and welcome). As a member of the management team, contributes to the delegation's decision-making process, with particular focus on administrative matters. Apply before October 15, 2017. 

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Meet ICRC in Washington's New Spokesperson Marc Kilstein

Meet ICRC in Washington's New Spokesperson Marc Kilstein

ICRC in Washington is happy to announce Marc Kilstein, an experienced journalist and radio producer, is joining the team. In his role, he'll be taking over from head of Communications Anna Nelson to serve as the official Spokesperson, working closely with U.S. media markets. With his strong newsroom background--Marc has worked for NPR, the BBC World ServiceThe Nation Magazine and most recently as a founding producer for NPR's newest national news program, 1A--Marc has spent his career fine tuning his craft for journalism and is excited to bring his experience and talent to the ICRC. 

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ICRC's Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart Testifies in Front of Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Four Famines

ICRC's Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart Testifies in Front of Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Four Famines

On July 18th, the ICRC’s Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart  testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy. You can watch the full hearing here.  The hearing, presided by Senator Todd Young (R-IN), focused on what has been termed the Four Famines in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria. Dominik's Full Testimony is available here

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #24 The Future of US Detention with Tracey Begley and Andrea Harrison

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #24 The Future of US Detention with Tracey Begley and Andrea Harrison

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we discuss the future of US detention in armed conflict. In May 2016, the ICRC’s Washington delegation, Harvard Law School’s PILAC, and the Naval War College’s Stockton Center held their inaugural joint IHL workshop on the same topic. About 30 experts convened for two days to discuss, debate and explore the issue. An outcomes report was just recently released. Join Tracey Begley and Deputy Legal Advisor Andrea Harrison in a conversation about the main issues that were discussed, which are most hotly contested, where are gaps exist in IHL and what other law we can turn to in times of gaps, the main take-aways from the workshop and why ICRC brings together these groups. Hosted by Tracey Begley.

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In Conversation with ICRC in Washington's Outgoing Head of Delegation Francois Stamm

In Conversation with ICRC in Washington's Outgoing Head of Delegation Francois Stamm

After nearly five years heading the Regional Delegation for the U.S. & Canada here in Washington, D.C., Francois Stamm's tenure is coming to an end.  Beginning in late August, he will move on to head the delegation for South Sudan, based in Juba. Before his departure at the end of next week, we sat down with Francois to gain his perspective and insights on both his time in Washington and his nearly three decade career with the ICRC.

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Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition this Weekend in Washington DC

Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition this Weekend in Washington DC

This weekend, March 10-12, 2017, the Clara Barton Competition Committee and the Canadian and American Red Cross will be hosting the 4th Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law in Washington D.C, at the Georgetown University Law Center. Be sure to follow our Twitter account for live updates of the event and look out for next week's podcast of conversations with Clara Barton Competition students! 

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ICRC Launches Global Survey on People on War 2016

ICRC Launches Global Survey on People on War 2016

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) commissioned WIN/Gallup to carry out a global survey on public attitudes towards war and the rules of war, including 17,000 people from 16 countries. Survey participants were living in countries in conflict, such as Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen, as well as powerful countries fighting wars, like the United States and Russia. They were asked questions on a variety of issues such as the protection of civilians, attacks against hospitals, treatments of detainees and the role of the international community in ensuring respect for the rules of war. Check out the full results as well as more about the survey, launch events and media here.  

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Obama Praises ICRC's Indispensable Role in Protecting the Most Vulnerable

Obama Praises ICRC's Indispensable Role in Protecting the Most Vulnerable

The ICRC’s President, Peter Maurer, was in Washington, DC this week for a series of meetings with senior officials from the outgoing U.S. administration and other foreign policy figures representing various political perspectives.

During the visit, Mr. Maurer received a letter from President Obama, expressing his gratitude for the continued and significant work of the ICRC. Mr. Maurer returned the gesture, extending his appreciation for the support extended to the ICRC by the US government.

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Working for the ICRC: Armed and Security Forces Delegates

Working for the ICRC: Armed and Security Forces Delegates

The ICRC's armed and security forces delegates (known as "FAS delegates" from the French acronym "forces armées et de sécurité") are at the heart of our humanitarian action. They maintain dialogue between the ICRC and all arms bearers, in order to ensure that we can help the victims of conflict under acceptable security conditions. Compliance with the law of war and the essential elements of international human rights law is another central aspect of their work. This applies to contacts with regular armed forces, the police, irregular forces and non-State groups.

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Guantanamo: Preserving human dignity through direct family contact

Guantanamo: Preserving human dignity through direct family contact

Recently, The Washington Post and The Miami Herald reported on the ICRC’s role in facilitating interactive video conversations between two detainees (formerly held by the CIA and currently held separately from the general population in a classified location at Guantanamo Bay) and their respective families

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Opinion article: Rejecting torture is the right thing to do

Opinion article: Rejecting torture is the right thing to do

Unsurprisingly, the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s summary report on CIA detention, rendition, and interrogation has sparked renewed debate in the United States over the use of torture.

Much of the discussion over the past week has focused on whether the use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” produces actionable intelligence or useful information.

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