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Front Page - Friday, February 21, 2014

ABA House of Delegates adopts policies on the right to food, human trafficking and courthouse security

The American Bar Association adopted policies related to the right to food, human trafficking and courthouse security, among other topics, when the association’s policymaking body convened during the 2014 ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago.

The meeting of the ABA House of Delegates — made up of 560 members representing state and local bar associations, ABA entities and ABA-affiliated organizations — marked the culmination of the Midyear Meeting.

The House approved three resolutions sponsored or co-sponsored by the ABA Criminal Justice Section. Resolution 102B made the black letter Model Principles of the ABA Model Business and Supplier Policies on Labor Trafficking and Child Labor association policy and calls on businesses to implement their own strategies against labor trafficking and child labor. The other resolutions dealt with juveniles receiving effective appellate representation (103A) and notice-and-comment rule-making provisions for regulations governing correctional facilities and officers (103B).

The Standing Committee on Judicial Independence won House support for Resolution 106 to encourage governments to adequately fund judicial system security. The Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities sponsored Resolution 107, which puts the ABA on record as urging governments to promote the human right to adequate food and nutrition.

Source: American Bar Association