Image courtesy facebook.comMALONE, NEW YORK (USA)

Calendar Year 2014 marks the correctional institution’s second observance of International Men’s Day as part of the International Men’s Day “Healing and Repatriation” Initiative launched in 2012.  Bare Hill Correctional Facility’s observance of 2014 International Men’s Day is being coordinated by an Incarcerated Father who has served since 2012 as the Empowerment Coordinator for International Men’s Day at the invitation of the Founder of International Men’s Day, Jerome Teeluckingsingh, Ph.D.  The International Men’s Day “Healing and Repatriation” Initiative was inaugurated in 2012 by  the United States Coordinator for International Men’s Day and Chair of the 2012-2022 International Men’s Day Ten Year Plan Committee, Diane A. Sears.

In 2012, for the first time, International Men’s Day was observed in a correctional facility – the Clinton Correctional Facility located in Dannemora, New York.  On Monday, 19 November 2012, an American correctional facility joined individuals, institutions, and organizations in over 70 nations in observing 2012 International Men’s Day under the theme, “Helping Men and Boys Live Longer, Happier, Healthier Lives”. The success of the inaugural observance of 2012 International Men’s Day at the Clinton Correctional Facility spawned the creation of the International Men’s Day “Healing and Repatriation Initiative” in January 2013. On Tuesday, 19 November 2013, International Men’s Day was observed at the Bare Hill Correctional Facility located in Malone, New York under the leadership.  The International Men’s Day “Healing and Repatriation” Initiative” promotes the observance of International Men’s Day in all correctional facilities throughout the United States.   A number of International Men’s Day Coordinators in other nations are considering implementing thIs initiative in their respective countries.   Observance of International Men’s Day at correctional facilities can take the form of workshops and discussion groups about issues that are in alignment with the theme of International Men’s Day.

So what is the International Men’s Day “Healing and Repatriation” Initiative all about?  It is about providing approximately 2,500,000 souls in the United States who are incarcerated in the United States with an opportunity to participate in a worldwide event which encourages them to engage in critical thinking about issues that affect them, their families and loved ones, and the communities in which they have lived and will one day return to.  It is about helping them to see themselves as ‘part of a whole’.  It is one of the many ‘first steps’ that must be taken to heal and “reconnect” spiritually, psychologically, and emotionally approximately 700,000 souls who are released from American prisons every year and place them on the path to successful reintegration into society.

24 JUNE 2014 —  Bare Hill Correctional Facility located in Malone, New York will join institutions, organizations, and individuals in 80 nations in observing 2014 International Men’s Day on Wednesday, 19 November 2014.  This year’s theme for International Men’s Day is “Working Together for Men and Boys”.  

About Christopher Zoukis, MBA

Christopher Zoukis, MBA, is the Managing Director of the Zoukis Consulting Group, a federal prison consultancy that assists attorneys, federal criminal defendants, and federal prisoners with prison preparation, in-prison matters, and reentry. His books include Directory of Federal Prisons (Middle Street Publishing, 2020), Federal Prison Handbook (Middle Street Publishing, 2017), Prison Education Guide (PLN Publishing, 2016), and College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons (McFarland & Company, 2014).

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  1. Jake J. on July 14, 2014 at 2:34 am

    I believe I shared this idea on another article, but I love the idea of an International Men's Day. I just think the focus shouldn't be on the achievements of men but rather on the way that men should be allowed to feel and be who they are. Basically teaching men that they need to be able to embrace themselves, never feel ashamed of their likes, dislikes, and love, and re-value the right things in their life. Men need to remove the idea that there is such thing as a "man" and instead embrace the idea that they are who they are. They have responsibilities to themselves, but they don't have to be what society considers a "man" is if that's not who they are.

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