30 March, 2013


NAPERVILLE, IL (USA) – 30 March 2013 – Award-winning short story author, editor, poet, novelist, Educational Management Consultant for Gryphon & Phoenix, Ltd, and Contributing Editor to IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®, a quarterly international Fatherhood and Men’s Issues journal, FRANK C KLOCK has been selected to serve as the Illinois (USA) Regional Co-Coordinator for the 2013 International Men’s Day (  MR. KLOCK joins MR. JOHN D. EVANS who serves as the lead Illinois Regional Co-Coordinator for 2013 International Men’s Day in a leadership role for this worldwide event which will be celebrated on 19 November 2013 under the theme “Keeping Men And Boys Safe”

MR. KLOCK is also a Member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree (8365/209); Committee Member, Troop Chaplain, and Merit Badge / Religious Awards Counselor for Boy Scout Troop 199 at St. Alexander Parish in Villa Park, Illinois; Knight, Grand Commander and Coligréari of the Ancient Order of the Red Squirrel (a writing group); and volunteers at his local library bringing books to the home bound.

 International Men’s Day is observed in over 70 nations around the world. Inaugurated in 1999 by Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D.; a ‘Thought Leader’ on Gender Issues, faculty member in the History Department at the University of West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, author, and poet; International Men’s Day celebrates and honors the contributions and selfless sacrifices that Men make to our families, communities and our world. It shares a 48 hour partnership with Universal Children’s Day which is celebrated annually on 20 November, and both are endorsed by the United Nations. 

20 March, 2013


PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA)20 March 2013 -- Internationally acclaimed Thought Leader on Fatherhood and Men’s Issues and Harvard Law School alumnus Human rights attorney J. Steven Svoboda, M.S., J.D. and pediatrician Robert S. Van Howe, M.D. have published a new article in one of the world’s leading journals on medical ethics arguing that the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP’s) position regarding male circumcision lacks credible support. The article, titled, “Out of step: fatal flaws in the latest AAP policy report on neonatal circumcision,” was being published online on Monday, 18 March 2013, leading off the latest issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME). The issue also includes a second article by Mr. Svoboda detailing why male circumcision violates universal human rights principles and agreements. The US’ premier organization of pediatricians has already arranged for the JME to publish its response in an ill-fated attempt to justify the medically and ethically flawed arguments in its policy statement and technical report. This past Saturday, ARC released a list of more than fifty legal settlements and judgments awarded due to harm caused by male circumcision and totaling over $80 million ( Svoboda also just recently completed for publication in an upcoming book from Springer an article about problems with applying informed consent to male circumcision, titled, "Tortured Bodies, Tortured Doctrines: Informed Consent As a Legal Fiction Inapplicable to Neonatal Male Circumcision.

In 2001, Mr. Svoboda transformed male circumcision into an international human rights issue when he traveled to Geneva, consulted with the United Nations’ Sub-Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, and made oral and written submissions. Mr. Svoboda’s submissions became part of the official United Nations record and the first document ever accepted by the United Nations on male circumcision. It was an act that has catapulted Mr. Svoboda into the world’s history books. 

So, why has male circumcision become an international human rights issue? Any why is Mr. Svoboda helping to move male circumcision into the Global Dialogue on Fatherhood and Men’s Issues? You’ll find the answers in the Winter 2013 issue of IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®, a quarterly Fatherhood Men’s Issues journal which is reprinting with permission, “The Limits of the Law: Comparative Analysis of Legal and Extralegal Methods to Control Child Body Mutilation Practices” – a chapter authored by Mr. Svoboda published in "Understanding Circumcision" (ISBN 978-0-306-46701-1). “Understanding Circumcision” was published in 2001 by Springer Science + Business Media LLC (New York). 

"Mr. Svoboda is a truth seeker. He is not afraid to go where angels fear to tread. Circumcision is a subject that is rarely discussed publicly or privately and Mr. Svoboda is helping to move this subject squarely into the center of the Global Dialogue on Fatherhood and Men’s Issues. The body of work that Mr. Svoboda has produced on circumcision provides the reader with a greater understanding of other cultures and an enhanced level of compassion. It will change the reader’s view of the world and move the reader to think and to question. We are honored that Mr. Svoboda has entrusted IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® with the privilege of sharing his groundbreaking work with our readers,” remarked Diane A. Sears, the Managing Editor of IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®.

In 1997, Mr. Svoboda established Attorneys for the Rights of the Child (“ARC”) (, a federally and state-certified nonprofit corporation. Svoboda graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1983. He holds a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1991, he graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. A patent lawyer in a well-known Chicago intellectual property law firm, Svoboda also practices human rights law in Berkeley, California. Over the course of the past several years and with the assistance of volunteer lawyers, ARC has released a compilation of worldwide legal decisions and settlements upholding the rights of individuals who were circumcised. ARC leverages its work to protect both male and female genital integrity through cooperation with other organizations. The International Symposium on Human Rights and Modern Society bestowed the Human Rights Award upon Mr. Svoboda in 2002. He has utilized his legal expertise in the representation of plaintiffs in several state and federal lawsuits to protect genital integrity. Svoboda coauthored with Dr. Warren Farrell and Dr. James Sterba, “Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men? A Debate”, a beset-selling gender studies textbook which Oxford University Press published in 2008.   Svoboda is also the publisher of over 175 reviews of books which explore masculinity and men’s rights; Public Relations Director and a Board member of the National Coalition for Men, the world’s largest and oldest Men’s Rights organization; long standing columnist for GRIP Magazine which has published over 40 installments of his columns entitled, “Gender, Law, and Fatherhood”; and an expert tournament chess player. 

For further information about Mr. Svoboda’s groundbreaking work on male circumcision, visit the website of Attorneys for the Rights of the Child at

The Winter 2013 issue of IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® which features Mr. Svoboda’s thought provoking work on circumcision was released for distribution on 18 March 2013.

17 March, 2013


Reverend Anthony L. Stevenson
Tri-State (USA) Regional Coordinator – 2013 International Men’s Day
Office: (215) 551-2098
Cell: 267-237-5197

PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) –  17 March 2013 – The International Men’s Day Coordination Committee has announced that Fatherhood Practitioner  REVEREND ANTHONY L. STEVENSON has accepted an invitation to become the Tri-State (USA) Regional Coordinator for 2013 International Men’s Day ( in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. A recipient of the Pennsylvania Family Coalition’s 2011 Excellence In Presenting Award along with his wife Minister Renee Stevenson, Reverend Stevenson is a Peace Ambassador for the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (“WANGO”); a Double Certified Master Fatherhood Trainer and Facilitator with the National Fatherhood Initiatives (“NFI”); a National Partnership for Community Leadership (“NPCL”) Certified Licensor; the developer of the universally accepted faith-based ICAN program and curriculum; the Founder of Four Corner Crusade for Life Baptist Church; and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the People’s Unified Resources Center which administers the “Let’s Be About The Fathering Business” I.C.A.N. Program and integrates the ICAN curriculum – a skills-based tool with an effective track record in strengthening fathers and empowering families. He has served as a speaker and presenter at the National Partnership for Community Leadership’s International Fatherhood Conference and the World Association of Non -Governmental Organizations’ Symposium on Building Healthy Families as a Foundation for Lasting World Peace in 2007. As a member of the American Council of Clergy, Reverend Stevenson has forged and continues to maintain working relationships with leaders in the ecumenical Interfaith Community.  Reverend Stevenson is also a Universal Peace Federation Ambassador of Peace ( 

 An Ordained National and Keystone Baptist minister, member of the Hampton University Ministers Conference, and graduate of the Melvin Floyd Evangelism School, Reverend Stevenson served for twelve years under the renowned Reverend Dr. Charles Walker, Pastor of the 19th Street Baptist Church of Philadelphia. In 1997, after moving on to Greater Exodus Church, Reverend Stevenson was shepherded and licensed as a minister by its distinguished Pastor, Reverend Dr. Herbert H. Lusk II. Reverend Stevenson served as an Associate Pastor at Greater Exodus Church through September 2004. Shortly thereafter, he was ordained through the Ordinational Council of the Pennsylvania Keystone Baptist Association under the direction of Reverend Dr. James Allen, moderator and member of the National Baptist Association USA. Prior to joining the ministry, Reverend Stevenson enjoyed a successful 30-year entrepreneurial career as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of three prominent national corporations which promoted and provided clothing industry products and services – Sharkey’s Trunk, Inc.; Stevenson Wardrobe Services, and Things To Come Clothier

 “Reverend Stevenson is a nationally recognized Fatherhood Practitioner, a powerful voice in the Global Dialogue on Fatherhood, a leader in Philadelphia’s Fatherhood Community, and an architect of the City of Philadelphia’s Fatherhood Initiative Program. We are honored by Reverend Stevenson’s decision to assume a leadership role in 2013 International Men’s Day as the Tri-State (USA) Regional Coordinator for this worldwide observation in which over 70 nations will participate,” remarked Diane A. Sears, the United States Coordinator for 2013 International Men’s Day, member of the International Men’s Day Coordination Committee, and Chair of the USA 2012-2022 International Men’s Day Ten Year Plan Committee. 

International Men’s Day was founded in 1999 by JEROME TEELUCKSINGH, PH.D., a faculty member at the University of West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, Thought Leader on Gender Issues, poet, author, and Chairman of the International Men’s Day Coordination Committee. Observed in over 70 nations throughout our global village on 19 November, International Men’s Day celebrates and honors the contributions and selfless sacrifices that Men make every day to our families, communities, and our world. It shares a 48 hour partnership with Universal Children’s Day which is celebrated on 20 November of each year and is endorsed by the United Nations. 

 Individuals and organizations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware that have an interest in participating in 2013 International Men’s Day, should contact Reverend Anthony L. Stevenson, the Pennsylvania (USA) Regional Coordinator at (215) 551-2098 or send an e-mail to:

 For further information about International Men’s Day, visit its website at


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