Lisa Davis

Lisa Davis is a Legal Advisor for MADRE and an Associate Professor of Law for CUNY Law School.

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Even before COVID-19, domestic violence was already a global emergency. (Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images) Views
Friday, April 10, 2020
As the Virus Unleashes Violence, Women in War-torn Countries Organize
You can now google lists of rich and famous people who have been infected with coronavirus, leading some to comment that COVID-19 is an equal-opportunity disease. But while the virus itself doesn’t discriminate, responses to it have reinforced inequality, leaving more people exposed to widespread...
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Earlier this month, the International Law Commission (ILC) formally recommended a final draft of the new crimes against humanity (CAH) treaty for adoption by states—a treaty that promises to bring justice to victims of atrocities. (Photo: MADRE) Views
Monday, June 24, 2019
New Draft of 'Crimes Against Humanity' Treaty Affirms Protection for Women and LGBTIQ Persons. The Fight Wasn’t Easy—and It Isn’t Over Yet
When it comes to the letter of the law, a few words can mean the difference between having your rights protected – or not. Earlier this month, the International Law Commission (ILC) formally recommended a final draft of the new crimes against humanity (CAH) treaty for adoption by states—a treaty...
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"It continually places local organizations, and the women and girls who seek their services, in danger of torture or death."(Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Survivors Need Shelter, But Shelters Need Legal Protection In Iraq
One night last fall, an armed group in Iraq raided a women’s shelter run by a local women’s group. Men armed with assault rifles kidnapped a member of their staff for ransom and forced the women’s group to negotiate for release. This prohibition prevents survivors from accessing life-saving...
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