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CISR Associate Director Dr. Suzanne Fiederlein attended the 17th International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and U.N. Advisors in Geneva from March 31–April 2, 2014.

In partnership with James Madison University’s College of Business, Fiederlein led the session with Dr. Paula Daly: “Transitioning to a Regional Senior Managers’ Course - What It Means for You.” Thanks to CISR’s partners at the Tajikistan National Mine Action Centre, the series will begin with a regional course in Tajikistan in May 2014.

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA) will continue sponsoring the SMC as well as additional courses and regions to be decided.

A highlight from the meeting was seeing so many SMC-ERWTC graduates, many who have stayed in touch with CISR, and were making presentations and holding meetings with U.N., nongovernmental and donor-government officials.

For more information, please visit http://www.jmu.edu/cisr/programs/training.shtml.

In sunny 80-degree weather, CISR kicked off Student Appreciation Week on Sunday with a hike! 

Our students complete us. Thank you for the significant work you do for CISR!!

JMU Nation donated more than 230(!) pairs of shoes to the Harrisonburg Rotary Club which will then donate them to Kenyan nonprofit Well of Hope to be sold.

Proceeds will provide homes and livelihood training for war widows and their families.

Well done, JMU! 

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Bridges Between Worlds Conference

April 3–4 | Medellín, Colombia

CISR attended the global conference last week on Assisting Landmine and Other Explosive Remnants of War Victims and Survivors in the Context of Disability Rights and Other Domains organized by the Implementation Support Unit for the Landmine Ban Convention.

CISR Director Dr. Ken Rutherford served as moderator of the panel “Ways and Means to Assist and Guarantee Rights: Removing Barriers.” The panelists included Gilles Delecourt (Handicap International), Richardo Becerra (Advisor on University Design for the Bogota Disability Technical Secretary), Megan Burke (ICBL and CMC), Steve Estey (former chairperson of Mines Action Canada) and Candria Goffin (Uganda National Action of Physical Disability). 

Rutherford also presented on the panel “Enhancing the Bridge Between Mine/ERW Victim Assistance and Approaches to Health Care and Psycho-social Support.”

LEND YOUR LEG
You’re invited to Friday’s flash-mob! 
James Madison University students and staff will take a “Lend Your Leg” photo with one pant leg rolled up in support of landmine survivors and in commemoration of International Mine Awareness Day.
April 4 | 1 p.m. | Commons

LEND YOUR LEG

You’re invited to Friday’s flash-mob! 

James Madison University students and staff will take a “Lend Your Leg” photo with one pant leg rolled up in support of landmine survivors and in commemoration of International Mine Awareness Day.


April 4 | 1 p.m. | Commons

CISR’s Dr. Ken Rutherford will be a moderator and panelist this week at the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention's Bridges Between Worlds Global Conference in Medellin, Colombia.

Post-Conflict Recovery Week: Demining Demonstration

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Humanitarian Demining Training Center teaches James Madison University students about removing explosives from the ground through a landmine-clearance demonstration.

They also let students try on the personal protective equipment worn by deminers in the field and practice probing for mines.

In a panel discussion on the long-lasting psychosocial effects of conflict that remain long after peace is declared, local trauma specialists and a genocide survivor from Burundi will share their experiences, featuring the Director of Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience at Eastern Mennonite University, Elaine Zook Barge, CISR Trauma Rehabilitation Specialist Cameron Macauley, survivor Jean Claude Nkundwa and James Madison University's Dr. Anne Stewart.

April 2 | 7-8:30 p.m. | ISAT 159 | Light refreshments to follow