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John Jay’s Center for International Human Rights Awarded Stavros Niarchos Foundation Grant

September 2, 2010, New York, NY – The Center for International Human Rights (CIHR) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice has received a grant of $92,419 from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) in support of the Center’s Policing Across Borders project. The new grant will fund two workshops which will focus on immigration and security and will expand the geographical reach of the project to include officials from Italy, Spain and Malta.

“We deeply appreciate SNF’s continuing support for this important project” said George Andreopoulos, Professor of Political Science and Director of CIHR. “This grant will enable us to address the intersections between immigration and security and explore the prospects for humane solutions in a critical policy area where public debate is often shaped more by facile generalizations than by a serious analysis of the complex issues involved.”

The Policing Across Borders project consists of a series of workshops that bring together law enforcement officials from the Balkan region and representatives from intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations Launched in 2006, in partnership with the Center for Security Studies (KE.ME.A) at the Greek Ministry of Public Order, and an earlier grant from SNF, the project’s aim is to explore key challenges confronting the law enforcement community in dealing with transnational threats and assess the prospects for effective cross-border collaboration in addressing such threats.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, an international philanthropic organization, supports charitable activities in four primary areas: arts and culture, education, health and medicine, and social welfare. The Foundation, governed by its Board of Directors, makes grants to not-for-profit organizations throughout the world. In addition, the Foundation maintains a major commitment to supporting programs in Greece through the guidance of a locally based advisory committee. For more information, visit www.SNFoundation.org.

The Center for International Human Rights was established in 2001 with a mandate to study the main challenges to the promotion and protection of internationally recognized human rights norms; analyze and assess the intersections between human rights violations and international crimes; investigate genocide historically and in the contemporary world; and devise educational programs aimed at increasing public awareness of these norms.

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit www.jjay.cuny.edu.