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Content related to intersex from a human rights angle.

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interACT Submits to United Nations Call for Information on Violence Against Women

May 20th, 2019|

The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women called for submissions of information on issues affecting queer, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people during reproductive health care and childbirth. Special Rapporteur Dubravka Simonovic has declared mistreatment against women during reproductive health care and childbirth the topic of her next report, to be presented in front

interACT’s Open Letter Re: “Gender” in the Draft Crimes Against Humanity Convention

December 13th, 2018|

December 1, 2018to Mr. António GuterresUN Secretary GeneralSecretary-General of the United Nations Note: This letter was written to support broader civil society action in relation to the proposed Convention in an effort led by CUNY, MADRE, and OutRight Action International. Re: “Gender” in the Draft Crimes Against Humanity ConventionDear International Law Commission Members, We write

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interACT’s Open Letter to the Australian Human Rights Commission

October 2nd, 2018|

interACT supports the work of our friends in Australia. The country has launched a national inquiry into intersex medical interventions. Our Executive Director, Kimberly Zieselman, writes in support:   I write as the Executive Director of interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, the United States’ largest organization dedicated exclusively to advocacy on behalf of youth born

Dear Colleague: Intersex Voices Matter

May 9th, 2018|

Dear Colleague: intersex voices matter, and it's about time you listen. In 2011, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a Dear Colleague Letter that presented guidelines on legal obligations in addressing sexual violence in school and on campuses across our country. While this written request is not exactly the same, our objective is parallel.

San Francisco Human Rights Commission publicly supports CA Resolution 110

May 1st, 2018|

interACT is thrilled to see the San Francisco Human Rights Commission publicly support CA Resolution 110 to protect intersex children! Over ten years ago the Commission took a stand for intersex people everywhere by recognizing our basic human right to be free from medically unnecessary surgeries performed without our consent. SCR 110 affirms California’s commitment

Trump: End the Assault on Civil and Human Rights

June 6th, 2017|

 On June 5, 2017 interACT joined 98 other organizations in support of a letter sent by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, expressing our profound concern that the civil and human rights of all Americans are being drastically undermined by the Trump administration’s proposed deep cuts to key civil rights office budgets, the

Amnesty International Releases Statement

May 10th, 2017|

interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth applauds Amnesty International’s attention to this important issue. The experiences highlighted by the researchers mirror what many intersex individuals suffer in the United States. This report is part of a growing tidal wave of awareness in the international community that these surgeries violate human rights and must be stopped. If

59th Session of the UN Convention Against Torture

July 7th, 2016|

The interACT legal team recently submitted a document to the 59th Session of the UN Convention Against Torture (CAT) urging them to consider some key questions around intersex in the future periodic review of the USA. This document provides an updated summary of the current standing of intersex surgery and human rights.  It also reiterates the fact

New UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Report addresses Intersex issues among others

March 8th, 2016|

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez will be addressing the 31st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The Special Rapporteur will discuss his latest thematic report on the topic of Gender Perspectives on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment, country reports on Brazil, Georgia, and Ghana, and