Webster University – Human Rights Conference on Global Migration

When: October 9-10, 2019
Where: Browning Hall Auditorium (ISB Room 160, 8274 Big Bend Blvd.), Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri 
Cost: FREE and open to the public

Around the world, people are on the move – in search of safety, protection, family reunification, education, jobs, and more. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that 68.5 million people were forcibly displaced last year due to persecution, conflict, and violence. Fifty million irregular migrants, 25.4 million registered refugees, and 25 million victims of forced labor also highlight the vast numbers of people living outside their home communities and facing severe rights challenges.

Webster University’s 2019 Annual Human Rights Conference focuses on the theme of “Global Migration” on October 9-10. This two-day event will explore topics such as displacement, restrictions on freedom of movement, borderland communities, statelessness, and the impacts of technology on migration. Sponsored by the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, this on-campus event is free and open to the public.

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Webinar: Telling Your City’s Story – Preparing UPR Cities Reports


When: Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
Time:  6:00PM EDT/3:00PM Pacific
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

Help “bring human rights home.” Join cities around the country to hold US public officials accountable to global human rights!

The US Human Rights Cities Alliance invites you to participate in the UPR Cities Project, which supports local efforts to document local human rights conditions as part of a United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States’ human rights record. We invite organizers to participate in local human rights reviews and build a national cities stakeholder report. In this webinar you can learn how to structure your local report for the United Nations Universal Periodic Review and how else to bring your city’s voice into our national cities stakeholder report. Regardless of whether you’re just starting out or whether you’ve spent months building your local human rights assessment, your city can be part of this important effort to strengthen human rights in the United States.

Previous UPR Cities webinars are available online at: http://wiki.humanrightscities.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=UPR_Cities_Project

To register for the webinar, please send your name, organization (if applicable), and location to: uprcities@humanrightscities.mayfirst.org.

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Human Rights Film Festival

When: October 10-12, 2019
Where: Shirley A. Massey Executive Conference Center, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
Cost: FREE – registration required

Morehouse College is hosting its first Human Rights Film Festival from Thursday, Oct. 10 to Saturday, Oct. 12 in Southwest Atlanta. The film festival will offer a platform to independent filmmakers whose work promotes cultural understanding and exposes the injustices and inequalities that divide nations.

The three-day event will be held at the Shirley A. Massey Executive Conference Center at 830 Westview Drive SW. The lineup will feature film screenings, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and artist workshops conducted by masters in screenwriting, editing, directing, and producing films.

Oscar-winner Spike Lee, a 1979 alumnus of Morehouse College, will receive a lifetime achievement award for his body of work at the inaugural festival. In honor of Lee’s success as a documentary filmmaker and human rights activist, the festival’s most prestigious award, the “Spike Lee Award for Social Impact in Filmmaking” will bear his name and be presented annually to artists who similarly use their craft to champion social justice issues.

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Teaching Human Rights in Classrooms and Communities


When: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Dr., New York, NY 10027, Room 320C
Cost: $345 – Early Bird Rate (by September 20) $395 – regular rate.

In this workshop for educators and practitioners, participants will develop or strengthen their capacity to engage in human rights education – to foster knowledge, skills, attitudes and action for the protection and promotion of human rights among students using rights-based teaching methods. 

Participants will: learn key human rights concepts, international law and a variety of strategies for human rights advocacy that they can incorporate into their own teaching; be introduced to and practice rights-based teaching approaches, which include participatory, interactive and experiential learning methods that respect human rights; modify human rights learning activities for their own teaching environment;  learn how human rights education can meet state standard requirements; discuss and consider ideas about how to respond to discriminatory remarks, practices, and policies at the individual and organizational/institutional levels.

Facilitators: Sandra Sirota, EdD, is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Connecticut. Sandra co-founded the Advocacy Lab, a nonprofit organization providing human rights education to secondary school students in New York City and served on the founding steering committee of Human Rights Educators USA, from 2012 to 2014. She teaches courses and workshops on human rights, social justice, education, and social movements. She received her doctoral degree from Columbia University Teachers College in May 2017 through the Department of International and Transcultural Studies, with a concentration in peace and human rights education.

Kristina Eberbach is the Deputy Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights. She served as Director of Education from 2010-2019 and oversaw the human rights degree programs, the Human Rights Trainings Series, and the University Human Rights Education in Myanmar project. She has also designed and facilitated human rights capacity-building trainings for members of civil society and government officials in Colombia and Iraq and has undertaken research, reporting, and advocacy work in Kenya, South Africa, and Northern Uganda. She is a member of the Steering Committee for Human Rights Educators USA and the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education (UCCHRE).For questions, email humanrightsed@columbia.edu
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UN Immersion Program


When: August 26-30, 2019
Where: Geneva, Switzerland
Cost: $2300

This unique training opportunity will give you direct access to the United Nations’ institutions and staff, offering opportunities for networking and providing you with insights into UN career paths.

The program includes activities with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other institutions.

The aim of the program, which is hosted at the UN headquarters in Geneva, is to prepare and empower participants to work more effectively and efficiently in any international environment.

The UN Immersion Program includes expert lecturers, training workshops, guided tours and the attendance of multilateral conferences. Dedicated career development sessions will give you the opportunity to have your CV, motivation letter and LinkedIn profile reviewed.

The training sessions will include content on the United Nations system, humanitarian affairs, sustainable development, conference diplomacy, core diplomatic skills, trade and commerce, and other topics of interest.

Application Deadline: August 22, 2019

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Gandhi-King Conference


When: October 11-13, 2019
Where: Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305.
Cost: $100 for early-bird registration (by August 31) and $150 for general registration (after September 1). This cost will be waived for students (ID required for verification)

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth by presenting a major, international Gandhi-King conference from Friday, October 11 to Sunday, October 13, 2019. This conference will feature three days of lectures and panel discussions at Stanford University by prominent scholars and activists who will reassess the legacies of Gandhi and King in a contemporary global context. Ela Gandhi, the granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, will be an honored guest.

This historic gathering will be the first event of the Gandhi-King Global Initiative (GKGI), an effort to build an international network of institutions, organizations, and activists committed to the nonviolent struggle for human rights. This network will seek to enhance the rich history of intellectual and political collaboration between activists inspired by Gandhi and King.

Early Bird Registration Deadline: August 31

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Online Course: Strategic Advocacy: Planning & Tracking Advocacy Campaigns

Whether you’re just starting to plan a campaign and want to make it as effective as possible, or are struggling to get the results you want, this training will help sharpen your focus, identify opportunities, and add flexibility and surprise to your campaign. The online course allows you (and your team) to work at your own pace, on your own time, with feedback from our professional trainers and interaction in an online forum with your peers. This new online course is being offered for FREE from New Tactics in Human Rights.

Application Deadline: August 30, 2019.

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