APRI: American Prosecutors Research Institute
The American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI) is a non-profit national clearinghouse for information on the prosecutorial function, as well as a research and program-development resource for prosecutors at all levels of government. The major program areas of the APRI include, among other topics, "Child Abuse and Exploitation," "Community Prosecution," "Drug Prosecution and Prevention," "Violence Against Women," "Gun Violence Prosecution," and "White Collar Crime." Each area contains information for visitors including an overview of the topic, news, CLE information, related publications, and links to other sites for further information. Legal researchers will appreciate the Institute's "Publications" section, organized by topic, which is a good source of in-depth and free documentation and resource guides. The "Research" section offers information about prosecution and criminal justice policies and programs, including a detailed section on empirical research. The APRI site is searchable.
The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) “works with governments and civil society to foster and strengthen the democratic and civilian control of security sector organisations such as police, intelligence agencies, border security services, paramilitary forces, and armed forces.” An international foundation with 46 member states, DCAF provides advisory programs to governments, military authorities, and international organizations, and researches issues challenging democratic control of the security sector. The website details DCAF news and events, as well as current programs and activities. Of particular interest to the researcher are the available publications and information resources. Publications include “backgrounders,” books, occasional papers, and policy papers created by DCAF, all freely available in PDF. Information resources include DCAF’s searchable digital catalog of reference information, a list of topical e-journals, and its Legal Database, which provides publicly available national legislation from countries in the Euro-Atlantic region in the field of defense and security, easily searchable by country and topic. The entire site is keyword searchable.
Inclusion International (II) is “a global federation of family-based organizations advocating for the human rights of people with intellectual disabilities worldwide.” II, one of the largest non-governmental organizations devoted to disabilities, is officially recognized by the United Nations. Working with numerous international agencies, including the International Labour Organization, II promotes inclusiveness in policy, practice, and investment strategies. The II website is organized into numerous sections describing the group’s various projects and initiatives, and offering its publications and other documents. One of the significant initiatives is the International Disability Alliance (IDA), in which II networks with several other international organizations. On the page devoted to the IDA, users will find numerous links to full-text United Nations and other international documents pertaining to disabled persons. Links to II’s priority areas are listed in a separate section and include poverty reduction, inclusive education, and self-advocacy. On each priority area page, users will find explanation and links to additional documents, such as slide presentations, reports, and briefing notes. Be sure to use the site guide and site map for help negotiating the extensive content. The II site is available in English, French and Spanish.
Created in cooperation with the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand-based Indigenous Peoples and the Law is an online portal to information about how the law affects indigenous peoples. Links on the page pertaining to indigenous peoples are organized alphabetically and geographically (New Zealand and the rest of the world), and cover a large number of important sites. The biggest draw to the site is its news digest, which is on the main page and updated daily. News articles are briefly abstracted and easy to browse; readers are referred to the original publication for the full text of the article. The news items cover both New Zealand-based and international articles and reports. The site is searchable. Readers’ responses are also selectively published. While some of the links are out-of-date, researchers new to this topic will find this site a good starting point.
The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) was established by Congress in 1975. Like the New York Stock Exchange, the MSRB is a self-regulatory entity subject to the oversight of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Setting standards for all municipal securities dealers, the MSRB develops “rules regulating securities firms and banks involved in underwriting, trading, and selling municipal securities— bonds and notes issued by states, cities, and counties or their agencies to help finance public projects.” The website provides significant content pertaining to the regulatory business of the Board. The Board’s administrative, definitional, and general rules are published on the site. Its various forms are made available in PDF. Interpretive letters and notices are also provided. An extensive glossary of terms, helpful to novices and experts alike, is available. Other components of the site explain dealer registration and qualifications, and rules governing political contributions. Overall, the site is a useful source for researchers working in this particular administrative area.
InSITE contributors: J. Jones, B. Kreisler, M. Morrison, J. Pajerek (editor)
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