Human Rights at Home
Despite guarantees provided by domestic and international law, the United States does not fully protect the rights of individuals. In response, a growing segment of U.S. advocates are turning to human rights to secure social, political, and economic objectives that they have sought for decades. Human rights help ensure more participatory and sustainable solutions to social justice issues, provide common standards against which to measure shortcomings in domestic policies, and enhance accountability beyond the U.S. justice or political systems. This workshop will discuss how the U.S. is falling short in fulfilling its’ human rights obligations and explore how advocates can use the standards, principles, and methods of human rights to combat entrenched poverty, discrimination, and injustice in their own communities.
About the Presenters:
Emily Farell is a Program Associate in the Education Program at The Advocates for Human Rights. She received a Masters in Human Rights from American University in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. in International Development from the University of Minnesota. As a practitioner, she has spent time in India and Thailand working on human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, micro-credit enterprise and reproductive health. For the U.S. State Department, she served as writer and editor for the 2006 Human Rights Report. She has designed and facilitated trainings for a variety of age groups on conflict resolution, racism, poverty, social justice, and human rights. http://www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org/Emily_Farell679.html
Madeline Lohman is a Program Associate in the Education Program at The Advocates for Human Rights. Ms. Lohman received her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, with a focus on international human rights law and Latin America, and her B.A. in British history and literature from Harvard. Prior to joining The Advocates, Ms. Lohman worked at a variety of nonprofits, including Freedom House in Washington D.C., International Relief Teams, Human Rights Education Associates, and PACT Bolivia. http://www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org/Madeline_Lohman837.html