Attorneys for the Rights of the Child Newsletter

Executive Director’s Message

It’s that time of year again, or I guess I should say that time of even-numbered year again, when the Tenth Annual NOCIRC Symposium takes place from September 4 to 6 in Keele in England. We are printing a list of all the speakers and topics elsewhere in this issue, and it promises to be a superlative program. A decidedly European focus will be welcome, as it was at the last NOCIRC Symposium held in the UK, the 1998 Oxford event. I am eagerly looking forward to hearing from the always fascinating UK lawyers (and co-organizers of this event), Marie Fox and Michael Thomson. It will be great to meet and hear from Chantal Zabus, editor of the upcoming volume Fearful Symmetries: Essays and Testimonies Around Excision and Circumcision to which Rob Darby and I are contributing. My dear old friend from Egypt, Seham Abd el Salam, will be speaking, and it will be great to see her for the first time since Oxford 1998!

For the first time ever, we have so many speakers that the programming is partially split into two tracks. Two authors who recently published excellent articles relating to circumcision and HIV, Daniel Sidler and Michel Garenne, will be co-presenting on the final day. My talk on the first day is entitled, “’Three-Fourths Were Abnormal’—Misha’s Case, Sick Societies, and the Law.” The title derives from a Nineteenth-Century medical article that stated in all seriousness that three-fourths of prepuces are abnormal!

Registered nurse Gillian Longley, currently studying to receive a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, contributes to this issue her fascinating story of her own path in intactivism. And ARC Board Member and Secretary Georganne Chapin returns to these pages again with an enthralling insider’s perspective on the Mexico City AIDS conference from which she returned just recently.

Thanks as always to all our supporters for all that you do that keeps our movement going. We’re all in this together!

Steven Svoboda
Attorneys for the Rights of the Child