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The Attorney Store .Com Launches Bailey & Galyen’s Texas Father’s Rights Website

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) April 27, 2007

The state of Texas has a new voice in father’s rights. The law firm of Bailey & Galyen officially launched their Texas Father’s Rights Website today, a resource for fathers, grandparents and those who want to learn more about the importance of father’s rights. The website http://www.texas-fathers-rights.com was designed by the Web Services Team at TheAttorneyStore.com, a provider of legal information and services to to the legal professionals and public.

An increasing interest in the emerging area of father’s rights has compelled law firms and courts alike to acknowledge the existence and importance of men to protect and assert their rights as fathers. With statistics showing an increase in fathers who are divorced or single, issues such as child support, custody and visitation need to be revisited to reflect the active role that fathers wish to have in their children’s life. Unfortunately, statistics also show that mothers are more favored by the courts, regarding custodial issues, even if less fit than the father. Understanding father’s rights helps both parties come to a resolution in which the best interests of a child can be met, without compromising their relationship with both parents.

In the Texas Father’s Rights website you will find information on divorce, child custody, child support, equitable distribution, father’s rights, grandparents rights, relocation and parental alienation. In addition, the website can help one get in touch with an experienced lawyer, if they wish to seek counsel on any issues regarding father’s rights.

About Bailey & Galyen:

Bailey & Galyen is one of the largest “consumer law” firms in Texas with offices in multiple locations around Texas including Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Bedford, Houston, as well as in Florida and Missouri. They are committed to providing counsel that is honorable and caring, from attorneys that are specialized as well as board certified.

Web Site Concepts, Design and Search Marketing Campaigns for Lawyers by The Attorney Store Web Services Team.

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Physicians for Human Rights Appoints Frank Donaghue as New CEO; Leonard Rubenstein Becomes Group’s President

Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) September 13, 2007

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, announced today that Frank Donaghue will become the Chief Executive Officer of the twenty-year old health and human rights organization. Leonard S. Rubenstein, JD, PHR’s current Executive Director, will assume the role of President.

With more than three decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, Donaghue has assembled a distinguished track record in humanitarian service, fundraising and management. For the majority of his career, he worked for the American Red Cross in a variety of capacities, serving as President and CEO of the American Red Cross in Philadelphia, Vice President of both Development and Corporate Communication for the national Red Cross, and as national spokesperson for the Red Cross for both national and international disasters and conflicts, including the 1999 Izmit Earthquake in Turkey and the wars in Kosovo, Iraq and Bosnia.

In his international work, Donaghue developed youth HIV education programs in Romania, Grenada, Ghana and Bosnia. He also participated in a mass vaccination campaign in West Africa to help eliminate measles from the African continent by 2010.

“For years I have admired and been inspired by PHR’s groundbreaking mobilization of health professionals to document and end human rights abuses around the world,” stated Donaghue. “My experiences at the Red Cross and its functions to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and natural disaster, provide them with assistance, and prevent further suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law have prepared me for the challenges I will face at PHR. We will continue to be on the forefront of protecting the health and human rights of the world’s most vulnerable people, examining root causes of abuses and offering lasting solutions.”

San Diego Attorney Awarded Top Honors for Groundbreaking Work in Civil Rights Case Against Orange County Social Services Agency

San Diego (PRWEB) November 7, 2007

On November 2, 2007, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association awarded a San Diego attorney top honors in electing him as the “Top Gun – Trial Attorney of The Year” in the area of civil rights. The award was based on the 4.9 million dollar jury verdict obtained by Deanna Fogarty-Hardwick, against Orange County, its Social Services Agency, and two of its social workers Marcia Vreeken and Helen Dwojak earlier this year in a lawsuit alleging violations of her Constitutional right to familial association.

This case (Fogarty-Hardwick v. County of Orange, et al.; Superior Court of California, County of Orange; Case No. 01CC02379; Trial before Hon. Ronald L. Bauer, Dept. CX103) was brought by Deanna Fogarty against the County of Orange, Marcia Vreeken, Elaine Wilkins, and their supervisor Helen Dwojak to recover damages arising from Defendants alleged falsification of evidence, perjury, and suppression of exculpatory evidence during a juvenile dependency action back in February of 2000. On March 23, 2007 after over six years of litigation and a seven week trial, an Orange County Jury found against Orange County, social worker Marcia Vreeken, and social worker supervisor Helen Dwojak and awarded monetary damages of $ 4.9 million. A third social worker, Elaine Wilkins was found not liable.

In addition to seeking damages, Ms. Fogarty also sought to enjoin the Orange County Social Services Agency from continuing its allegedly unlawful practice of making allegations of wrong doing against parents in dependency proceedings without supporting evidence. On May 14, 2007 Orange County Superior Court Judge, Ronald Bauer (Dept. CX-103) issued an injunction against the Orange County Social Services Agency requiring the agency to obtain “reasonable and articulable evidence” prior to initiating dependency proceedings alleging abuse, neglect, or abandonment of a child.

In accepting the “Top Gun” award Shawn A. McMillan said: “Ms. Fogarty should not have had to step outside her community to find an attorney to represent her. Trial attorneys are a pretty elite group, and as officers of the court we have taken an oath, and it is our duty, to protect and defend the Constitution, and the rights arising therefrom. These cases are important cases and should be brought and tried. We’ve proven that they can be won, now its your job to carry the ball the rest of the way, to accept these types of cases, and force a change in the system.”

For additional information, contact:

Shawn A. McMillan, Esq.

THE LAW OFFICES OF SHAWN A. McMILLAN, A.P.C.

4955 Via Lapiz

San Diego, California 92122

Telephone: (858) 646-0069

Facsimile: (206) 600-4582

Website: http://www.mcmillan-law.com

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Rights of Guantanamo Detainees and Military Personnel, Immigration Reform, Post-Catastrophe Relief, Among Issues Addressed by ABA Policy-Making Body


Boston (Vocus) February 17, 2009

The American Bar Association House of Delegates today adopted nearly three dozen new measures as ABA policy, including critical proposals affecting the rights of military personnel and Guantanamo detainees, immigration reform and relief after disasters.

To view the actions taken by the House, click here.

Among significant policies passed, the House voted to urge the Obama administration to ensure that any detainees who are expected to be charged with crimes be prosecuted in federal district courts, unless the attorney general certifies they cannot be prosecuted in such courts but can be prosecuted in other regularly constituted courts consistent with due process, the laws of war, the Geneva Conventions and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Delegates also urged that any detainees no longer considered to be enemy combatants be released or resettled, and any currently detained enemy combatants be granted prompt habeas corpus hearings with full due process.

Additionally, the House overwhelmingly opposed the imposition of federal jurisdiction over child custody cases involving members of the military. The House urged that states enact legislation to prohibit denial of custody to a servicemember based solely on absence due to military deployment.

The House also passed a resolution to help ensure access to justice and due process for those charged with civil immigration violations. This act was partly a reaction to a notable immigration enforcement action taken last year when 400 workers at a Postville, Iowa, plant were arrested without due process.

Two separate House resolutions dealt with a change to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, specifically addressing firm-to-firm lateral hires of lawyers. Prior to House action, a rule prohibited lateral-hire lawyers from representing clients with whom their new firm has a conflict of interest without a waiver from the affected clients. Both proposals set out to ease prohibitions on client representation, and after vigorous debate, the House approved the resolution requiring screening of lawyers to resolve such conflicts.

Other House resolutions included a set of comprehensive measures seeking to reduce harm and litigation after catastrophes. Citing recent disasters such as the California wildfires and flooding in the Midwest, the House adopted these measures, including ones that urge broadening the availability of insurance protection for storm damage, enacting programs to increase the availability of affordable insurance, establishing federal standards for damage-resistant building codes and encouraging capital markets to finance catastrophic risk, among other goals.

In other action, the House voted to urge prompt access to legal counsel for child victims of criminal conduct, encourage legislation enabling permanent legal residents of the United States to sponsor partners of the same sex for permanent residency and to urge the federal government to create an infrastructure in support of adult guardianship. Watch videos of prominent speakers and events at the Midyear Meeting, hear views of members attending and more at the Midyear Meeting Online Web site at http://www.abavideonews.org/ABA548/

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Adams Law for Men Sets Precedent as the First Fort Lauderdale Divorce Attorney and Family Law Firm Dedicated to Mens Rights


Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) November 17, 2009

Gerald Adams and Associates is the first Fort Lauderdale family law firm dedicated to fighting for Mens Rights in the civil court room. This firm provides all services related to family law including divorce, parenting plans and time-sharing (custody rights), spousal support, asset distribution, paternity, child support, domestic violence and even post- trial- litigation.

Gerald Adams and Associates is determined to break through the politically correct barriers where society and prehistoric family courts have stereotypically favored mothers and wives in domestic violence and family law proceedings. The firms business manager, Ila Bennett explained, Most clients dont even know to look for a mens rights attorney in South Florida, they simply search for a Fort Lauderdale Divorce Attorney for men or family law firm in Fort Lauderdale. Taboo social issues such as spousal support for the stay- at – home dad and cases where the husband has been emotionally and even physically abused, is societys dirty little secret.

Gerald Adams utilizes his website, http://www.AdamsLaw4Men.com as a vehicle to educate the public about relevant social issues and recent law changes impacting husbands and fathers rights in the state of Florida. AdamsLaw4Men.com offers potential clients a discreet place to research and inquire about how a person can improve their personal legal situation. Ila Bennett commented, One interesting trend that we have noticed is that the preliminary contact made with our law firm is often initiated by a woman on behalf of her current husband, boyfriend or male friend whom she feels is being exploited.

The law firms founder and Mens Rights advocate, Gerald Adams, responded, Most men dont realize they can step forward and renegotiate the terms of their parenting plan, holiday visitation rights, or child support and alimony payments after the original court order has been established. If you feel that your current situation is unfair or that you may be heading toward divorce or paternity proceedings, you should not hesitate to educate yourself and be proactive in establishing and defending your rights by contacting a family law attorney. Advance preparation is imperative for obtaining the best results in family law proceedings. Dont get caught back on your heels.

As a divorcee himself, Gerald Adams utilizes his vast knowledge of mens rights and family law, as well as his own personal experiences, to advise his clients. Gerald divorced with two small children in the 1970s and moved to Washington State to be closer to his ex-wife, her husband and their two children, where he obtained a law degree in Spokane, Washington, at Gonzaga Law School.

While Gerald initially began practicing general law, he noticed a trend of male clients who were denied their basic legal rights as parents, and soon after developed a passion advocating for a familys best interests, where both parents have the opportunity to play an integral role in their childrens lives.

For more information about a Family Law Attorney in Broward County or Mens Rights Attorney in Florida call 954-353-5035 for your free phone consultation or visit http://www.AdamsLaw4Men.com

About Gerald Adams and Associates

Gerald Adams and Associates is a Broward County Family Law Firm that specializes in divorce, paternity, parenting plans and time-sharing (custody rights), child support, spousal support, distribution of marital property, domestic violence and post-judgment-litigation. The firm has offices throughout the state of Florida.

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New York Nursing Home Faces Punitive Damages for Elder Abuse – Attorney Paul Dansker Addresses Nursing Home Patients Rights

New York (PRWEB) January 20, 2010

The New York Post recently reported that in December 2009, a Brooklyn nursing home was found guilty of negligence in the case of a patient who developed numerous bedsores while under the homes care. The jury awarded the patients family close to $ 4 million for pain and suffering, plus an additional $ 15 million as punishment for trying to cover up the poor patient care. This case is the first to charge a nursing home with punitive damages.

Sadly, this example of nursing home neglect is not the only one. Elder abuse is prevalent in nursing homes around the country, and with serious consequences for patients. Older adults who are victims of elder abuse are more than twice as likely to die prematurely as are adults who are treated properly, according to a study published in the August 5, 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The National Center on Elder Abuse defines institutional elder abuse as any of several forms of maltreatment of an older person by someone who has a special relationship with the elder (a spouse, a sibling, a child, a friend, or a caregiver) that occur in residential facilities for older persons, including nursing homes. Its website, http://www.ncea.aoa.gov, explains that perpetrators of institutional abuse usually are persons who have a legal or contractual obligation to provide elder victims with care and protection (e.g., paid caregivers, staff, professionals).

Looking exclusively at falls, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that an average nursing home with 100 beds reports 100 to 200 falls each year, representing up to 75 percent of residents. Many falls were caused by environmental hazards like wet floors, poor lighting, incorrect bed height and improper wheelchair use.

A November 2009 report from the University of California, San Francisco, stated that 26 percent of the nations nursing facilities were cited in 2008 for poor quality of care, 44 percent of nursing homes failed to ensure a safe environment for residents, 36 percent had food sanitation regulations violations and 33 percent of facilities received deficiencies for failure to meet quality standards.

Paul Dansker, Esq., is a New York City-based personal injury attorney who has represented families of elder abuse victims. Mistreatment can take many different forms, including physical, emotional, psychological or sexual abuse; neglect; withholding food and water; or denying visits from family and friends. Many older adults and their families may not even be aware that laws exist to prevent this type of harm, Dansker said.

Family members and friends of nursing home residents must be vigilant in looking for signs of possible abuse or neglect, advised Dansker. These can include personality changes, depression, anxiety, unexplained or unusual bruises and injuries, rapid weight loss, poor grooming, and potentially unsafe conditions.

Dansker recommends that families of individuals in nursing homes keep a personal record of possible mistreatment, including specifics on dates, times, and caretakers in charge.

Careful documentation of possible neglect or abuse will be necessary in the event that a family member decides to file a complaint or lawsuit, he said. Dansker also added that a family should seek out the assistance from local and state adult protective services or long-term care agencies who can advise on appropriate steps to take.

For state-specific elder abuse prevention information and resources, visit http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/NCEAroot/Main_Site/Find_Help/State_Resources.aspx.

Dansker & Aspromonte Associates is located at 30 Vesey Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10007. For more information, call (212) 732-2929 or visit http://www.dandalaw.com.

About Dansker & Aspromonte Associates: Dansker & Aspromonte Associates is a New York personal injury law firm specializing in serious brain injuries; medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, falls, construction accidents, municipal liability, injuries to children and more. The firm has represented thousands of clients and obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for them over the last 30 years.

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New UNFPA Report Links Peace, Security and Development to Womens Rights and Empowerment


London (Vocus) October 20, 2010

When women have access to the same rights and opportunities as men, they are more resilient to conflict and disaster and can lead reconstruction and renewal efforts in their societies, according to The State of World Population 2010, published today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

The reports release coincides with the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Security Councils landmark resolution 1325, which aimed to put a stop to sexual violence against women and girls in armed conflict and to encourage greater participation by women in peacebuilding initiatives.

When women and girls suffer deep discrimination, they are more vulnerable to the worst effects of disaster or war, including rape, and less likely to contribute to peacebuilding, which threatens long-term recovery, said UNFPAs Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid at the launch of the report.

Through the stories of individuals affected by conflict or catastrophe in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Liberia, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Timor-Leste and Uganda, the report shows how communities and civil society are healing old wounds and moving forward. However, more still needs to be done to ensure that women have access to services and have a voice in peace deals or reconstruction plans.

Security Council resolutions guide the international communitys response to conflict and establish the framework for actions to protect women and assure their participation in peacebuilding and reconciliation, but they are not a substitute for grass-roots efforts to empower women and to build long-term resilience to crises of any sort, Ms. Obaid wrote in the foreword to the report.

Governments need to seize opportunities arising out of post-conflict recovery or emerging from natural disasters to increase the chances that countries are not just rebuilt, but built back better and renewed, with women and men on equal footing, with rights and opportunities for all and a foundation for development and security in the long run, the report argues.

While conflict and disaster can worsen inequalities between men and women, Ms. Obaid said, recovery from conflict and disaster also presents a unique opportunityan opportunity to rectify inequalities, ensure equal protection under the law, and create space for positive change.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.

For more information, please contact:

Richard Kollodge, tel. +1 212 297 4992

Omar Gharzeddine, tel. +1 212 297 5028

http://www.unfpa.org

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Children in the Fields Campaign Joins NCL and Advocates to Reflect on the Push to Roll Back Workers Rights


Washington, DC (Vocus/PRWEB) March 21, 2011

Today, the National Consumers League held a symposium calling on Congress to take steps in the next 100 days to preserve, protect, and bolster labor laws in the United States. The call to action takes place following moves by several states legislatures to pass laws that work roll back hard-earned workers rights. The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) Children in the Fields Campaign Program Director Norma Flores L

United Nations: Son Preference Perpetuates Discrimination and Violations of Womens Rights It Must and Can End

Geneva, Switzerland (PRWEB) June 14, 2011

Gender-biased sex selection reflects and fuels a culture of discrimination and violence, and must be addressed urgently by all segments of government and society as a matter of womens human rights, five UN agencies have stressed.

A statement issued today by OHCHR, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and the WHO* reviews the evidence behind the causes, consequences and lessons learned regarding son preference or sex selection favouring boys in many parts of South, East and Central Asia, where ratios as high as 130 boys for every 100 girls have been observed.

Sex selection in favour of boys is a symptom of pervasive social, cultural, political and economic injustices against women, and a manifest violation of womens human rights, the statement notes, citing one mans testimony that the birth of a son enhances my status, while that of a girl lowers my head.

There is huge pressure on women to produce sonswhich not only directly affects womens reproductive decisions, with implications for their health and survival, but also puts women in a position where they must perpetuate the lower status of girls through son preference,” according to the statement.

“It is also women who have to bear the consequences of giving birth to an unwanted girl child. These consequences can include violence, abandonment, divorce or even death, the statement adds.

Against the backdrop of such intense pressure, women seek to discover the sex of a foetus through ultrasound. The discovery of a female foetus can then lead to its abortion. Sex selection can also take place before a pregnancy is established, or after the birth of a girl, through child neglect or infanticide. Over decades, the practice has caused a sex-ratio imbalance in many countries, particularly in South Asia, East Asia and Central Asia.

There is also the possibility of an increase in violence against women resulting from such an imbalance. For instance, the lack of women available for marriage in some areas may lead to the trafficking of women for forced marriages from other regions or the sharing of brides among brothers.

In some countries, pre-natal sex determination and disclosure are illegal, while others have laws banning abortion for sex selection. But such restrictions are also bypassed by the use of clandestine procedures, which may put womens health in jeopardy.

States have an obligation to ensure that these injustices are addressed without exposing women to the risk of death or serious injury by denying them access to needed services such as safe abortion to the full extent of the law, and other health care services, experts from the UN agencies warned.

Renewed and concerted efforts are needed by governments and civil society to address the deeply rooted gender discrimination which lies at the heart of sex selection, the experts noted, recommending a multi-pronged approach to resolving the problem.

The statement proposes concrete steps to tackle the problem, including the collection of more reliable data on the extent of the problem and the factors driving it; guidelines on the use of technology for health professionals; supportive measures for girls and women, such as incentives for families with only daughters; and other legal and awareness-raising actions.

States should develop and promotepolicies in areas such as inheritance laws, dowries and financial and other social protection in old age…that reflect a commitment to human rights and gender equality, the statement suggests. States should support advocacy and awareness-raising activities that stimulate discussion and debatearound the concept of the equal value of boys and girls.

The statement cites the Republic of Korea as one country where the preference for sons has largely been overcome through a combination of strategies, including attention to gender equality in laws and policies, advocacy, media campaigns and economic growth.

The experts reaffirmed the commitment of UN agencies to support efforts by governments and Non-Government Organizations to redress the situation.


Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), The United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the World Health Organization (WHO)

To read the full interagency statement, please visit:

http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/gender_rights/9789241501460/en/index.html

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Protecting the Rights of Those Accused of Sex Crimes


Denver, CO (PRWEB) June 28, 2011

A sex offense is perhaps one of the most serious types of criminal charges that a person may face. Particularly when they involve children as the victim, sex crimes garner media attention and aggressive investigations and prosecution by government personnel at both a state and federal level. A defendant faces not only imprisonment, fines and other serious criminal penalties but the requirement that he or she register as a sex offender for life. Sex offender registration alone is enough to ruin ones reputation and career, with no hope of recovery. That is why criminal defense counsel is so important in these matters.

The Law Office of Jeffrey P. Matthews offers dedicated criminal defense representation to defendants in the Denver area who are facing all types of sex crime charges and investigations, including rape, child molestation, child pornography, child sexual abuse, indecent exposure, prostitution, internet sex crimes and more. Teaming up with Scorpion Design, a Los Angeles-based website design and marketing company at the leading edge of law firm internet marketing, the firm has launched a website designed to offer helpful information and guidance in regard to their sex crime defense services: http://www.denversexcrimesdefense.com.

Where other attorneys may shy away from the nature of these charges and the many difficulties they present, Attorney Jeff Matthews believes that a defendant deserves the best legal representation regardless of the type of crime he or she has been accused of committing. And considering the number of false or exaggerated allegations that abound in the realm of sexual offenses, a defendants right to legal counsel is all the more important.

Jeff Matthews is a former prosecutor who has since dedicated his legal practice exclusively to criminal defense. He focuses his efforts on violent crimes and sex crimes, providing an uncompromising defense of his clients interests and legal rights through every stage of a case. With his experience as a former Senior Deputy District Attorney and with more than 28 years in the field of criminal law, Attorney Matthews has a complete understanding of criminal proceedings related to sex crimes and can provide more effective representation as a result. He personally handles every case the firm takes on.

Find out more about the firm, the services they offer and the types of sex crime cases handled by contacting the firm today.

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