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Congressional Briefing on Technology and Human Trafficking -- Part One

Congressional Briefing on Technology and Human Trafficking -- Part Two

Psychology and Social Issues in the News

An article in Nature asks whether psychology tends to favor positive results and resist challenges to them.
Sustainability Now Radio presents a video featuring SPSSI member Janet Swim in a panel discussion on the denial of climate change.
A new OECD report gives suggestions on how to reduce the gender inequalities in education and employment in order to foster economic growth.
A new study by member Sarah Gervais and colleagues reveals that women presented in sexualized images of are more likely to be viewed as objects than men in eScience News. Click here to see the same article featured in Association for Psychological Science.
Nature reports on a new Chinese university being developed that encourages educational reforms to traditional Chinese universities such as limiting government imposed bureaucracy, eliminating the system of administrative rank, and providing alternatives standardized testing.
Research by member Gregory Webster explores how color bias affects hockey penalties in this NPR article.
SPSSI member Sam Sommers examines the psychological effects on Native American when exposed to Native American mascots in Psychology Today.
ILO reports that harsh austerity measures and the extremely high youth unemployment rate in Greece has led to pessimism among Greek youth.
This New York Times article by member Leeat Granek examines the stigma of doctor grieving and how it affects treatment.
ILO discusses their new report on freedom of association and collective bargaining, forced and child labour and discrimination.
APS recounts a recent speech made by former SPSSI President James Jackson where he discusses racial differences in physical and mental health problems.

On the Hill: A look at News from the US Congress

Introduced on May 15th: H.R. 5749: To prohibit the transfer of defense articles and defense services to the governments of foreign countries that are engaging in gross violations of internationally-recognized human rights, and for other purposes. More on H.R. 5749.
Introduced on May 15th: H.R. 5770: To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to enhance the use of Juvenile Accountability Block Grants for programs to prevent and address occurrences of bullying and to reauthorize the Juvenile Accountability Block Grants program. More on H.R. 5770.
Passed in the Senate on May 15th: S.Res. 461: A resolution recognizing the teachers of the United States for their contributions to the development and progress of our Nation. More on S.Res. 461.
Passed on May 16th: H.Res. 656: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4970) to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4310) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for military activities of the Department of Defense, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2013. More on H.Res. 656.
May 16th: Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia, hearing entitled "Assessing U.S. Foreign Policy Priorities and Needs Amidst Economic Challenges in South Asia". Watch video here.
May 16: Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearings to examine growing long-term value, focusing on corporate environmental responsibility and innovation. Watch the video here.
May 17th: Foreign Affairs Committee hearing entitled "Iran Sanctions: Strategy, Implementation, and Enforcement". Watch video here.
Introduced on May 17th: H.R. 5801: To provide interest-free deferment on unsubsidized student loans made to recent college students during periods when the national unemployment rate is above 7 percent and other periods of deferment. More on H.R. 5801.
Introduced on May 17th: H.Res. 664: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding funding for feeding assistance programs, especially those affecting children. More on H.R. 664.
Introduced on May 17th: H.R. 5806: To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide guidance and coordination for outreach to people with disabilities during emergencies, and for other purposes.. More on H.R. 5806.
May 22nd: Hearings to examine the report produced by the American Energy Innovation Council titled "Catalyzing American Ingenuity: The Role of Government in Energy Innovation" and related issues.Watch video here.
Introduced on May 23rd: S. 3220: A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes. More on S. 3220.
Passed in Senate On May 24th: S. 414: International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2011. More on S. 414.
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June 28: Senate Health, Education, Labor Committee, and Pensions hearings to examine creating positive learning environments for all students. Watch the video here.
June 7: Senate Indian Affairs Committee oversight hearing to examine Universal Service Fund Reform, focusing on ensuring a sustainable and connected future for native communities. Watch the video here.

Further Resources

Find out what other organizations are doing on these issues

Academic Freedom and human rights
>> Amnesty International
>> Union of Concerned Scientists
>> The Human Rights Council

Immigration Issues
>> Immigration Policy Institute
>> Immigration Policy Center
>> Center for American Progress

SPSSI fact sheets and policy statements
>> Immigration and Minorities
>> Statement on the Psychological Consequences of Unemployment
>>Other Issues