Human Rights and Policing Through a Global Lens

Logo for the UUA Office at the UN on a pink background with white and purple bubbles that read "Human Rights and Policing Through a Global Lens" "December 15th @ 2:00 PM EST" "Expert panelists listed below" "A webinar discussion on global policing policies at the intersections of race, gender, age, and ability"

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About the Event

On December 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm EST we will discuss the increased militarization of police globally and how policies affect those whose identities make them vulnerable to discrimination (based on the intersections of race, gender, age, and ability). We will be exploring how police policies violate human rights, and the ways in which those interactions have or can be improved. We hope you join us and our expert speakers to discuss this important topic.


Johan Olhagen

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Johan Olhagen

Johan Olhagen has been working for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights) since 2006. He holds a Master of Law and a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Psychology from Lund’s University, Sweden as well as a post-graduate Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from Padova University, Italy. For four and a half years, he was head of the Kathmandu Field Office in the UN Human Rights Office in Nepal. Currently he is working in UN Human Rights Headquarters as the global focal point on integrating human rights into security forces, with a special focus on law enforcement. Johan is advising UN Human Rights Colleagues globally on issues related to standards, good practices and training methodologies. Previously Johan has just finalised a revision and expansion of the UN Human Rights’ Guidance and Training package on “Human Rights and Law Enforcement.”

Johan has also worked with human rights in Cameroon, Indonesia, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, and in New York. Previously Johan also has experience from the Swedish military police, working as a junior judge in a Swedish District Court and working in a Swedish high security prison.

Karolina Łukasiewicz

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Karolina Łukasiewicz

Karolina Łukasiewicz is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Centre of Migration Research at the University of Warsaw and a PI in Horizon 2020 project Migrant integration governance in CEE cities post 2015. Her research is focused on migrant integration and poverty policies. She has been studying various aspects of these policies for over 15 years in European and American cities. Her research was funded by the European Commission, European Social Fund, the National Science Centre in Poland, and national and local administrations. Additionally to her academic engagement, Karolina has been cooperating with various NGOs directly supporting immigrant communities. Prior to joining CMR, Karolina was a researcher at McSilver Institute of Poverty Policy and Research at New York University and at the Centre for Evaluation and Analysis of Public Policies at the Jagiellonian University. She received her postdoctoral training at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, Ph.D. in Sociology at the Jagiellonian University, and M.A. in European Political Sociology at Dalarna University and at the Jagiellonian University.

Joshua Ware

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Joshua Ware, LCSW

Joshua Ware, LCSW is the Social Worker for Family Medicine, a therapist, a co-author, and a training specialist for Children of Promise, NYC. Joshua has spent the past 3 years in the Crown Heights community providing psychotherapy to older teens and adults who normally wouldn't have access to therapy. His expertise and curricula focus are on dismantling the stigma of mental health care within the Black/Caribbean community in order to create healing spaces for those who are prevented from having access. Joshua specializes in individual trauma-based therapy and is well versed in many evidence-based practices, which allows him to tailor his approach for disenfranchised people. Joshua’s work has historically been rooted in level analysis through an anti-oppressive to approach discourse by assessing how the macro and meso levels within systems impact the micro.

Joshua has also participated in policy work and has assisted in the creation of college level curricula taught within Sing Sing Correctional facility for men who were not expected to be released from incarceration. He has also co-created the Mass Incarceration Conversation Series with Dr. Kirk A. James, which provided conversation addressing the impact of hyper incarceration of subjugated communities. Joshua has presented his work around dismantling anti-blackness within the social work profession for Children of Promise, the NASW-NYC Conference, the National Conference in Washington, DC., as well as graduate level spaces at NYU.

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