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SPSSI's January 2018 Policy Update



















Last Call for Applications: James Marshall Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellowship. Use your scientific knowledge about social issues to contribute to policy making in the office of a U.S. representative or senator. This 12-month program is a great opportunity for policy-minded psychologists who are ready to apply their expertise in a federal legislative setting. Both scholars who have a doctorate and scholars who are finishing up a doctorate are encouraged to apply. Applications due 2/1/18.

Attention Graduate Students: Apply Now for the Dalmas A. Taylor Memorial Summer Minority Policy Fellowship. Come to Washington, DC this summer to have an immersive experience in public policy. For 8-12 weeks, the Taylor Fellow will work in collaboration with SPSSI's Policy Director and the APA Public Interest Directorate on a variety of policy issues, including the issues that most interest the scholar. Applications due 3/10/18. 

Congressional Seminar on the Topic of Genocide with Dr. Johanna Vollhardt (pictured on the left). Please join SPSSI at 12:00 pm Eastern on Friday, March 9th, 2018, for a congressional seminar with Dr. Johanna Vollhardt of Clark University. The seminar will be streamed on Facebook Live and will focus on the topic of genocide prevention and post-conflict reconciliation. Contact SPSSI Policy Director Sarah Mancoll if you are interested in attending the seminar in person.



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The Tax Bill's Winners and Losers. As noted by The New York Times, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017—recently passed by Congress and signed into law—benefits some and hurts others. The people who might be most adversely affected include those buying health insurance, the elderly, and low-income families.

Future for Dreamers Still Uncertain. As noted by Reuters, Republicans and Democrats are getting closer to a deal on Dreamers—undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children—but as of this writing, no legislation has been signed.

White House Establishes New "Conscience and Religious Freedom Division" within HHS. As noted by the The Washington Post, women's and LGBT+ rights groups—and many health care provider associations—have expressed concern over the establishment of a new division within the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services.

White House Takes Steps to Allow Work Requirements for Medicaid Recipients. Some of the most vulnerable people are now at risk of losing their health insurance. According to the Los Angeles Times, a group of Medicaid recipients is suing the federal government because new guidance from the White House allows states to impose work requirements on some enrollees. 



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2018 Scholars at Risk Network Global Congress: The University and the Future of Democracy. Join the Scholars at Risk Network April 23rd - 26th, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Through a series of keynotes, panels, and workshops, attendees will explore the role of scholars in defending democratic values. 

Nepal Criminalizes Banishing Women to Menstruation Sheds. The practice was formally outlawed by the Nepalese government in 2005 but no penalties were put in place at that time. As reported by the BBC, efforts to end the practice increased after two women recently died while sleeping in sheds. Now, anyone who makes a woman observe the custom faces a three-month jail sentence and a $30 fine.

A Chinese #MeToo Movement? The New York Times recently reported on the burgeoning #MeToo movement in China, and efforts by government censors to hobble its progress. The Chinese #MeToo movement gained momentum after Luo Xixi, a graduate of Beihang University, published an essay online that said she was one of seven women harassed by a former professor, Chen Xiaowu. 

Top UNICEF Official: World is "Becoming Numb to the Killing of  Children." Nearly seven years into the conflict in Syria, children continue to be the hardest hit by unprecedented destruction, displacement, and death. In Afrin, where some of the worst fighting is now taking place, the majority of shops have closed and UNICEF-supported child protection services—including a child-friendly space and psychosocial support activities—have been suspended.



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