The International Organizing Committee (IOC) is dedicated to making the SSDP network more engaged in the international components of drug policy reform and supporting students and youth around the world who have been impacted by the global drug war. While the IOC is not responsible for establishing SSDP chapters or direct outreach to students on behalf of SSDP staff, members are encouraged to develop relationships with other youth advocates who wish to take action to end drug prohibition in order to strengthen SSDP’s relationship with the broader international drug policy reform community.
Clement Bofa-Oppong '16
Ruby Lawlor '17
Róisín Downes '15
What do we do?
- Raise awareness and organizing actions on humanitarian crises occurring around the world as a result of harmful, punitive drug policies
- Examples: Ayotzinapa student massacre, Philippine Drug War, Arbitrary Detention & Human Rights Violations in Belarus, Police Brutality in Nigeria
- IOC members will work with SSDP’s Team on any coordinated international actions that chapters or students can participate in
- Ensure that youth are engaged and participating in major international drug policy conferences and commissions
- Includes coordinating the Commission on Narcotic Drugs side events and organizing SSDP’s presence at other relevant UN meetings.
- Collaborate with SSDP’s Team to develop internationally focused resources for chapters and students
- Connect SSDP members with other students outside the United States who want to end drug prohibition
- Goal is to bring diversity and alternative cultural perspectives into SSDP’s existing membership
- Establish relationships with other international NGOs and nonprofits whose mission aligns with SSDP’s
Every week our Content Directors create member highlights to show off some of the incredible activists in our network. We also create a monthly country highlight, which profiles the state of drug policy and the civil society efforts happening in different countries across the world, find them here.