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The Inaugural José Siderman Human Rights Lecture Introduction

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Newsletters

by Amanda Goodman* Thursday, February 25, 2016 It is both a great pleasure and a great privilege to introduce to you, Juan Méndez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Professor Méndez is also the Professor of Human Rights Law in Residence at American University, in Washington, D.C. A native of Argentina, Professor Méndez’s career has been committed to defending human rights and advocating for those without a voice. Due to his legal representation of political prisoners in Argentina, that country’s military dictatorship...

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Forced to be a Soldier in This Military Dictatorship Was an “Existence in Hell”

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Featured, Newsletters

Meet Berihun, Survivor from Eritrea Berihun describes his daily life as a “quest for survival”. Eritrea is a country in East Africa where the enjoyment of rights and freedoms are severely curtailed. Chaos has replaced rule of law. Last year, the United Nations Human Rights Council published a report accusing Eritrea’s government of extrajudicial executions, torture, indefinitely prolonged national service and forced labor, and indicated that sexual harassment, rape and sexual servitude by state officials is widespread. Military service is mandatory and when Berihun completed high...

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#RefugeesWelcome #AmericaWelcomes!”

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in news

The U.S. Senate plans to vote Wednesday, January 20th on H.R. 4038, “The American Security against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act,” which would grind to a halt the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. This bill was passed by the House of Representatives in November, so it is critical that it not pass the Senate. Call your Senators TODAY: Urge them to vote NO to H.R. 4038 and any legislation that would stop, pause or defund the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Dial 1-866-940-2439 Below are some helpful points on the security checks involved in refugee resettlement,...

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Letter to Congress in Support of Syrian Refugees

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Events, news

December 1, 2015 Dear Senator/Representative: As refugee and immigration law experts, humanitarian aid organizations, faith, labor and civil and human rights groups, we write to express our support for the U.S. refugee resettlement program and opposition to any policy riders that would stop, pause or defund the resettlement of Syrian refugees. The world is witnessing the largest refugee crisis since World War II. More than 4 million Syrians have fled from their home country fleeing conflict and violence, and 6.5 million are displaced internally. At a time when the world needs humanitarian...

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This Teacher Wanted to Make Sure No Girl Endured What She Did

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Events, Featured

Meet Karimeh, Survivor from West Africa She wanted to make sure that what happened to her as a child would never happen to another girl in Benin, her West African country. “I was restrained by a group of men and women who held me down by force on a mat on the ground. I saw an old woman kneeling at the edge of the mat with a knife…and I just remember screaming, crying and struggling to be let free. It was so painful. I believed I was going to die….” At just 10 years old, Karimeh was the victim of female genital mutilation or FGM. She belonged to a tribe that practiced this horrible...

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