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Anniversary Celebration - Main Evening Event
Anniversary Celebration - Main Evening Event
WhenThursday, May 23, 2019, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Campus locationKane Hall (KNE)
Campus room225/Walker-Ames Room.
Event typesSpecial Events
Event sponsorsSponsored by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation
Co-sponsored by: Center for Global Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Description

(Not to worry if you missed the registration deadline, we'll see you at the sign-in table tonight at 5:30 pm in Kane 225.)
10TH ANNIVERSARY SYMPOSIUM: Celebrating 10 Years of Education for Transformation

Every year since our inception, the Center for Human Rights has hosted a spring celebration designed around the general theme of “celebrating human rights in our communities.” We selected this theme specifically to highlight good news and local leadership, as important counterpoints in a field that is dominated by bad news and in which it is often assumed that the East Coast leads the way. For our tenth-year celebration, we will be lifting up the leadership we have nurtured by involving our students in innovative research partnerships. This is the heart of the UWCHR model.

We will host an all-day conference that brings several of our most illustrious graduates back to campus to share the innovative work they are doing now in careers partially launched by experiences at UWCHR. Each graduate will appear on a panel alongside current students or staff, thus highlighting the ongoing research work and the directions former students have taken beyond our campus. The day’s events will culminate in a reception and evening panel that looks ahead to the next decade in human rights.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. REGISTER HERE.
Registration closes 9:00 am on 5/23

Thursday, May 23, 2019
MAIN EVENT
KANE HALL, ROOM 225 (WALKER-AMES ROOM)
5:30 - 6:30 pm - Reception
6:30 - 8:00 pm - Remarks by UWCHR Director, Angelina Godoy; Annual Awards; UWCHR Justice Award recognizing Profs. Katherine Beckett and Heather Evans for their research that led to the end of the death penalty in WA (with remarks from awardees); followed by a student and alumni panel

Speakers:

  • Mina Manuchehri (UW Alumna, Attorney and Land Tenure Specialist at Landesa)
  • Alex Montalvo (UW Alumnus, independent filmmaker)
  • Emily Willard (UWCHR Graduate Research Fellow)
  • Grace Sorensen (UWCHR Undergraduate Research Fellow)

Mina Manuchehri is an Attorney and Land Tenure Specialist at Landesa, an international NGO that works to secure land rights for rural women and men to provide opportunity and promote social justice. Ms. Manuchehri's work focuses on working with key stakeholders - including companies, CSOs, farmers, communities, and government - to achieve more responsible investments in land. She currently works with different stakeholders in India, Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. Prior to joining Landesa, Ms. Manuchehri was a Human Rights Fellow at the University of Washington Center for Human Rights (UWCHR). In this capacity, Ms. Manuchehri led the UWCHR’s FOIA efforts to declassify U.S. government documents pertaining to the Salvadoran Civil War. Ms. Manuchehri holds a B.A. in International Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.

Alex Montalvo holds a Master of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington and currently works as independent filmmaker and communications strategist. While at UW, Alex was a fellow for the Center for Human Rights, where he created digital media for the Center, including helping to launch the Center’s Unfinished Sentences initiative, an effort to encourage public participation in support of human rights in El Salvador. Alex’s current work includes the Center for Human Rights’ “Hidden in Plain Sight” ICE Air investigation, King County Public Health and the EPA’s “Healthy fishing on the Duwamish River” project, and the “Ramadan Road Trip”, an effort to elevate stories of American Muslims and catalyze interactions between diverse faith groups in the effort to counter discrimination and strengthen community. His work can be found at revelritermedia.com.

Emily Willard is a PhD Candidate in the Jackson School of International Studies. She is conducting her dissertation research on women’s experience of conflict in Guatemala. She is a research fellow at the University of Washington Center for Human Rights, supporting the Center’s freedom of information work. Previously, she worked at the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C. where she co-founded the Genocide Documentation Project, and also worked on the Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, and Colombia documentation projects, filing Freedom of Information Act requests for documents to be used as evidence in human rights trials, and advocating for access to information as a human right. She is a 2014 Rotary Peace Fellow. Emily earned her B.A. and M.A. in international studies from The American University in Washington, D.C., researching human rights in Latin America, and violence against women in Guatemala.

Grace Sorensen is an undergraduate researcher, pursuing a double major in International Studies and Spanish, with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She is currently interning with the UW Center for Human Rights, drafting Freedom of Information Act requests and assisting with FOIA litigation efforts to improve access to government information and support victims of crimes against humanity committed during the Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1992). After graduation, Grace will be moving to San Francisco to work as an Immigration Paralegal with Van Der Hout Immigration and Nationality Law Firm, where she will continue to advocate for human rights, government accountability, and social justice.



FULL TWO-DAY PROGRAM:
Wednesday, May 22, 2019  

3:30 - 5:30 pm 
“How to file a FOIA” Workshop
Thomson Hall, Room 317
Facilitator: Emily Willard (Graduate Research Fellow)

Thursday, May 23, 2019 

9:30 - 10:30 am
"Researching Migrant Rights"
Thomson Hall, Room 317
Breakfast provided
Speakers:

  • Noah Schramm (UW Alumnus, Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project)
  • Simon Fox (UW Alumnus, independent filmmaker) 
  • Grace Sorensen (UWCHR Undergraduate Research Fellow) 

12:30 - 1:30 pm
"Re-envisioning Criminal Justice"
Thomson Hall, Room 317
Lunch provided
Speakers:
  • Satory Adams (UW undergraduate, Community Justice Intern at Public Defender Association)
  • Phil Neff (UWCHR Project Coordinator)
  • Francisca Gomez Baeza (UWCHR Graduate Research Fellow) 

MAIN EVENT
5:30 - 6:30 pm - Reception
6:30 - 8:00 pm - Remarks, Student Awards, Justice Awards, Student and Alumni Panel

Panelists:

  • Mina Manuchehri (UW Alumna, Attorney and Land Tenure Specialist at Landesa)
  • Alex Montalvo (UW Alumnus, independent filmmaker)
  • Emily Willard (UWCHR Graduate Research Fellow)
  • Grace Sorensen (UWCHR Undergraduate Research Fellow)

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