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SPHR 2021 Conference: Program


Civil resistance & social movements of 2020

Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 9:45 - 11:15 AM
Moderator: Satang Nabaneh, Human Rights Center

  • Alwiyah Shariff, The Movement for Black Lives in the US
  • Mutasim Ali, The Sudanese Revolution
  • Tatsiana Shchurko, Belarussian Democracy Movement 
  • Sirisha Naidu, Indian Farmer Protests [virtual] 
  • Margarita Maira, Constitution-making in Chile [virtual]

Anti-rights movements and democratic regression

Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 2 - 3:30 PM
Moderator: Shelley Inglis, Human Rights Center

  • Anne-Marie Goetz, Center for Global Affairs, NYU [virtual]
  • Alexander Laban Hinton, Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, Rutgers University 
  • Chloe Schwenke, Center for Values in International Development
  • Mabrouka Mbarek, former member of the Constituent Assembly of Tunisia [virtual]
  • Jo Weiss, Head of Global Citizenship, White & Case

US racial justice advocacy at the UN

Friday, December 3, 2021 | 10:30 AM - 12 PM
Joel Pruce, Human Rights Center

  • Jamil Dakwar, ACLU Human Rights Program [virtual]
  • Sabrina Jordan, Ohio Families Unite Against Police Brutality 
  • Crista Noel, Chicago Mothers Against Torture 
  • Jimmie Briggs, Skoll Foundation [virtual]
  • Nahal Zamani, State Strategy and Services for State Innovation Exchange (SiX) [virtual]

Ohio, justice, and the path ahead

Friday, December 3, 2021 | 12:15 - 1:15 PM
Moderator: Calinda Lee, National Center for Civil and Human Rights

  • Wil Haygood, Author [virtual]
  • Shanon Isom, CEO of YWCA Dayton

Concurrent Sessions

Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 11:30 AM - 1 PM [In Person/Hybrid]

  1. The potential for visualizing advocacy - In recent decades, museums have shifted from spaces for seeing to sites of action. Crafting transformative experiences in museum spaces has become a central aim of museum exhibitors, designers, and artists. This roundtable together with the roundtable, The perils for visualizing advocacy, asks what strategies and technologies of display work best to give museum visitors an experience of advocacy. 
    • Paul Morrow, Human Right Center [Moderator]
    • Leora Kahn, PROOF: Media for Social Justice 
    • Joel Pruce, Moral Courage Project, Human Rights Center 
    • Calinda Lee, Atlanta Civil Rights Museum 
    • Migiwa Orimo, The People's Banner Workshop
  2. New pathways in transitional justice - Transitional justice mechanisms are increasingly considered in the context of long-term historical injustices, including in relation to racial injustice in the U.S. This roundtable explores past experiences along with new approaches and the current challenges in the pursuit of accountability and coming to terms with systemic human rights violations.   
    • Matt Joseph, City Commissioner on the post war peace process in Bosnia  
    • Gerald Gahima, author of Transitional Justice in Rwanda: Accountability for Atrocities 
    • Alexander Laban Hinton, author of Global Mechanisms and Local Realities after Genocide and Mass Violence
    • Luisa Fernanda Gómez Betancur, Center for International Environmental Law
    • Isabella Victoria Ariza, Inter-American Court of Human Rights
    • Tatiana Devia & Avery Kelly, Corporate Accountability Lab
    • Donald Wiggins Jr., Ohio Families Unite for Political Action and Change
  3. Literature, art and civil resistance  
    • Darden Bradshaw, University of Dayton [Moderator] 
    • Comic Books, Satire, and the American Police State: Lessons from the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone 
      Jamie Michaels, Writer and educator from Winnipeg, Canada [virtual]
    • The Emergence of anti-coup songs in the Wake of Myanmar's Military Coup: Musical Advocacy on YouTube
      Heather MacLachlan, University of Dayton 
    • Charles Gibson and Indian Territory's Periodical Press
      Tereza M. Szeghi, University of Dayton 
    • "Incarceration youth education abolition Get Home Safe"- Art as Resistance, Human Rights Education, and Liberation in Incarcerated Spaces 
      Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario, Founder & ED of Art & Resistance Through Education & Artist-in-Residence, Initiative for a Just Society, Columbia University 
  4. Utilizing international human rights frameworks and treaties to advocate in local communities 
    • Jackie Smith, University of Pittsburgh [Moderator] 
    • Translocal Learning Across Human Rights Cities 
      Michael Goodhart, University of Pittsburgh [virtual]
    • Miami Dade County's CEDAW Ordinance- A Tool of Local Transformation Toward Gender Justice 
      Susanne Zwingel & Jennifer Hill, Florida Int'l University [virtual]
    • Truth and Accountability in Los Angeles: Global Norms Informing City Reckoning Around Racial Justice 
      Anthony Chase, Occidental College [virtual]
    • US Human Rights Cities Alliance
      Rob Robinson, NYC Housing justice advocates  
    • Police Surveillance Technology Ordinance
      Julio Mateo, Coalition on Public Protection
  5. Feminist leadership, gender-based pedagogy and educating future practitioners - This roundtable explores the current trends in  women leaders and preparing emerging gender justice advocates. Academics, experts and practitioners in feminist leadership and pedagogy convene to discuss new tools and approaches, and experiences of feminist leadership in today’s challenging environment.
    • Natalie Hudson, University of Dayton [Moderator]
    • Susan Weaver, University of Dayton
    • Erica Higbie and Jessica Pierson, NGO CSW/NY [virtual]
    • Anne-Marie Goetz, NYU [virtual]
    • Ann Hudock, Counterpart International
    • Hanifa Nakiryowa, CERESAV Uganda [virtual]
  6. Migration and Mortality: social death, dispossession and survival in the AmericasThis panel presents research from the new edited volume  Migration and Mortality  (edited by Longazel and Hallett, Temple University Press, 2021
    • Miranda Cady Hallett, University of Dayton
    • Joseph Nevins, Vassar College [virtual]
    • Jamie Longazel, CUNY John Jay College [virtual]
    • Amelia Frank-Vitale, Princeton University
    • Alicia Yvonne Estrada, California State University, Northridge [virtual]
    • Abby C. Wheatley, Arizona State University [virtual]
  7. Vaccine equity as a human rights agenda
    • Pablo Iannello, University of Dayton School of Law [Moderator]
    • The nature of the Production problem and Distribution problem with COVID19 vaccines and treatments
      Dalindyebo Shabalala, University of Dayton School of Law
    • The role of Human Rights in the WTO, WIPO, WHO in framing COVID19 vaccines access
      Brook Baker, Northeastern University School of Law
    • The Obligations of states to provide access to COVID19 treatments and Vaccines to non-citizens
      Jennifer Sellin, Assistant Professor Maastricht University Faculty of Law)
    • The proposed solutions, especially the TRIPS Waiver at the WTO, and how they reflect (or do not) human rights framing
      Burcu Kilic, Public Citizen

Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 4:15 - 5:45 PM [Virtual]

  1. On the move, migrant rights and the pandemic
    • Miranda Cady Hallet, University of Dayton [Moderator]
    • Witnessing Anew: human rights advocacy for migrants at the US southern border in Covid times
      Ellen Maccarone, Gonzaga University
    • A Case Study of Pregnant Migrants in Detention
      Abby Wheatley & Samantha Nabaty, Arizona State University & University of Arizona
    • Captivity as Crisis Response: Migration, the Pandemic, and Forms of Confinement
      Eleanor Paynter, Cornell University
    • Mental Health in the Undocuqueer Community
      Cailan Cordwell, Arizona State University 
    • Refugee Homes and the Right to Property: Sunk Costs and Networked Mobility
      Jordan Hayes, University of Pittsburgh
  2. The climate crisis, sustainable development and new frontiers
    • Bob Brecha, University of Dayton [Moderator]
    • COVID-19, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Right to Science
      Nathaniel Weisenberg, AAAS
    • Defecatory justice and the human right to sanitation
      Sarah Nahar, University of Syracuse
    • A Human Rights Perspective on Inequalities and the Climate Crisis
      Gillian MacNaughton, Social and Economic Rights Associates (SERA Global)
    • Climate justice, Indigenous peoples’ rights and using new knowledge 
      Raphael Hoetmer, Regional Advisor for Strategy and Impact in the Americas, Amnesty International
  3. Disrupting illicit massage businesses in Ohio Illicit Massage Businesses (IMBs) are a multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise that takes place across the US and involves commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor of East Asian female migrants. This panel of researchers and advocates explores the many intersectional causes and impacts of IMBs and discusses strategies to disrupt them and prevent exploitation and trafficking.
    • Tony Talbott, Human Rights Center [Moderator]
    • Kathy Chen, Heyrick Research
    • Elyse McConnell, Asian American Community Services 
    • Vanessa Bouche, SMU AT&T Center for Virtualization
    • Youngbee Dale, Dale Consulting LLC
  4. Developing a practice in remote sensing for next generation human rights researchers Remote sensing is increasingly recognized as an important tool for documenting human rights abuses. Now, with more demand by human rights NGOs for geospatial evidence, there is an urgent need to expand the community of practitioners who have training in the appropriate and responsible use of geospatial technologies for human rights research and documentation. 
    • Theresa Harris, AAAS [Moderator] 
    • Umesh Haritashya, University of Dayton
    • Wumi Asubiaro Dada, University of Pretoria, South Africa
    • Fredy Cumes, Systems Engineer at the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation (FAFG)
    • Jonathan Drake, AAAS 

Friday, December 3, 2021 | 8:30 - 10 AM [Virtual]

  1. The emergence of new methods and tactics
    • Peter Benkendorf, Dayton Collaboratory [Moderator] 
    • Interesting Times: Returning to Blended Activism in a Culture of Impunity
      Eugene R. Sensenig, Notre Dame University, Lebanon
    • Documenting Human Rights Violations: An Analysis of Press Reporting on the Mexican Disappearance Crisis
      Maria Terra & Yolanda Burckhardt, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
    • Cryptocurrency and its Implications for Human Rights Advocacy
      Adam Todd, University of Dayton School of Law
    • Traffic Analysis Hub 
      Neil Giles, Stop The Traffik, UK
  2. The perils of visualizing advocacy In recent decades, museums have shifted from spaces for seeing to sites of action. Crafting transformative experiences in museum spaces has become a central aim of museum exhibitors, designers, and artists. This roundtable looks at the challenges and ethical issues that emerge as museums seek to incorporate advocacy in their design. 
    • Kevin Kelly, Dayton International Peace Museum [Moderator]
    • Amy Sodaro, CUNY
    • Tali Nates, Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre
    • Maria [-----], Survivor of GBV from Colombia
  3. Batman Saves the Congo: How Celebrities Disrupt the Politics of Development - This panel marks the launch of Batman Saves the Congo: How Celebrities Disrupt the Politics of Development, co-authored by Alexandra Budabin and Lisa Ann Richey. The author will engage in discussion with Joel Pruce and Natalie Hudson over the role of celebrities in supporting collective efforts toward justice over corruption, solidarity over selfishness, and human dignity over oppression.
    • Alexandra Cosima Budabin, Co-Author 
    • Joel Pruce, University of Dayton
    • Natalie Hudson, University of Dayton
  4. Approaches to decolonizing human rights education - The call to decolonize human rights education has gained traction in recent years. In the wake of the Covid-19, it is an opportune time to reflect on human rights learning and teaching in higher education that is intersectional, anti-racist and based on decoloniality. 
    • Novea Macintosh, University of Dayton [Moderator]
    • Tshepo Madlingozi, Director of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), WITS University Academic and activist
    • Awino Okech, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London Gender, sexuality and security
    • Yassin Brunger, Queen’s University Belfast, Founder & co-director of the QUB Gender Network
  5. The impact of COVID on the realization of human rights 
    • Jessica Saunders, Director of Community Engagement at Dayton Children’s Hospital [Moderator]
    • Does Human Rights Derogation Limit COVID-19 Infections?
      Brian K. Gran & Reema Sen, Case Western Reserve University
    • Lost in transformation: the human rights we lost during the new state-centric order
      Caroline de Lima e Silva, Lichtenberg-Kolleg; Gottingen Institute for Advanced Study
    • Holistic Wellbeing & Humanitarian Workers during COVID-19: Concepts, Challenges & Recommendations
      Nicholas Sherwood, George Mason University 
    • Response of International Institutions to Covid-19
      Dainius Puras, Human Rights Monitoring Institute (Lithuania); Former Rapporteur on the Right to Health
  6. Challenges and trends in corporate accountability
    • John Quigley, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law [Moderator]
    • The Shortcomings of Corporate Accountability in Post-Conflict Colombia: Land, Rivers and Animals
      Isabella Victoria Ariza,  Inter-American Court of Human Rights
      Luisa Fernanda Gomez Betancur, Center for International Environmental Law
    • Corporate accountability in the Palestine-Israel context
      Roi Bachmutsky, International Human Rights Lawyer
    • Business and human rights trends in Africa
      Arnold Kwesiga, Centre for Human Rights, Univeristy of Pretoria & African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA)
    • Legal Accountability of Financial Actors and Financial Institutions
      Kristin Rosella, Global Diligence 

Friday, December 3, 2021 | 2:15 - 3:45 PM [In Person/Hybrid]

  1. The US 2020 elections and the fight for universal and equal suffrage Since the 2020 election, the US has experienced unfounded allegations of voter fraud, illegal efforts to overturn the election results, and a raft of legislation and court decisions that erect barriers to universal and equal suffrage for citizens. This roundtable will examine this turn away from deepening democracy in the US, focusing on the efforts of advocates to counter these assaults on human rights.
    • Andrew Strauss, University of Dayton School of Law [Moderator]
    • Desiree Tims, Innovation Ohio
    • Amina Barhumi, Ohio Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio)
    • Ellis Jacobs, ABLE-Advocates for Basic Legal Equality
    • Ifeolu A.C. Claytor, All Voting is Local
  2. The human right to housingThe pandemic has exacerbated housing instability for communities across the globe and exposed the high levels of precarity in current housing models, particularly for communities of color. This roundtable invites advocates and practitioners to share expertise on how communities are demanding new policies and approaches based on a human right to housing and the innovations that are emerging in tackling the housing crisis in Dayton and across the US.  
    • Steve Kaufmann, Deputy Attorney General Colorado [Moderator]
    • Kenya Baker, Unified Power, Co-Op Dayton
    • Rob Robinson, NYC Housing justice advocates and US Human Rights Cities Alliance
    • Erica Fields, Human Relations Council
    • Ariadna M. Godreau-Aubert, Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico [virtual]
    • Kelly Viselman, Homes Guarantee [virtual]
  3. Representing and assisting Dayton immigrants and refugees during the pandemicDayton-area immigrant and refugee organizations will discuss how their activities have changed during the global pandemic. This roundtable will highlight the impact on the efforts of the sanctuary coalition, after-school tutoring programs for Latino and African immigrants and refugees, health care access for recently-resettled African refugees, the local refugee resettlement agency, and group solidarity and inclusion projects. 
    • Theo Majka, University of Dayton [Moderator]
    • Martha-Jeanette Rodriguez, Welcome Dayton
    • Cady Landa, Children and Family Research Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign & Board Member, City of Dayton Human Relations Council.
    • Sofia Durusan, Ohio History Project & ENACT
    • Virginia Rodríguez Colón & Tony Ortiz, El Puente
    • Jan Futrell, Sanctuary Committee of the MVIC
    • Catherine Bitwayiki, CrossOver Community Development 
    • Jean de Dieu Mukunzi, Ebenezer Health Care Access
  4. Extremism, rhetoric and democratic precarity
    • Bill Trollinger, University of Dayton [Moderator]
    • It Can Happen Here: White Power and the Rising Threat of Genocide in the US
      Alexander Laban Hinton, Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, Rutgers University
    • ‘Pathic’ Identification in Populist Movements: The Specter of anti-Semitism for Right and Left Protest
      Patrick Ahern, University of Dayton
    • Digital Communities of the Modern Far-Right: from eco-attack to the embracing of accelerationist collapse
      Michael Loadenthal, University of Cincinnati/the Prosecution Project
    • Global perspectives and approaches in peacebuilding and conflict prevention 
      Nicole Widdersheim, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    • Targeted Violence and Terrorism Community Awareness Briefing [virtual] 
      Jordan Garza, Department of Homeland Security
  5. The rights of children and families: local initiatives in the Miami Valley -  Dayton’s Committee on the Place-Based Two-Generation Approach to Poverty has worked over fifteen years to promote well-being of children, parents, and families in the Dayton area. Three members of the committee will discuss challenges and opportunities for addressing the rights of children, particularly in two Dayton neighborhoods and how they adapted and responded to the COVID pandemic.
    • Kelly Johnson, Ferree Chair of Social Change, University of Dayton [Moderator]
    • Bro. Ray Fitz, University Professor of Social Change, University of Dayton
    • Rev. Vanessa Ward, Omega CDC
    • Jan Lepore-Jentleson, East End Community Services
  6. Corporate accountability in transitional justice: reflections on an ongoing social labThis roundtable describes and reflects upon the Corporate Liability and Sustainable Peace (CLASP) Lab, a “social lab” convened to advance corporate accountability in post-conflict and transitional justice settings around the world. 
    • Tatiana Devia, Corporate Accountability Lab
    • Avery Kelly, Corporate Accountability Lab
    • Kaushik Sunder Rajan, University of Chicago [virtual]
  7. Educating engineers for human rights-related vocations [virtual]University of Dayton is developing an undergraduate minor for engineers in human rights education. This roundtable will explore current trends and future opportunities across academia, government, non-governmental and industry spaces on preparing and hiring engineers with knowledge and experiential learning in peace, human rights, community engagement and social justice. 
    • Kelly Bohrer, ETHOS University of Dayton [Moderator]
    • Darshan Karwat, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures [virtual]
    • Mira Olson, Associate Professor in the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department at Drexel University [virtual]
    • Carna Cureton, People Development, D&I, and Culture
    • Naadiya Moosajee, Co-Founder, WomEng & WomHub [virtual]
    • Kathy Triantafillou, EPA Region 5 Environmental Justice Coordinator [virtual]

Friday, December 3, 2021 | 4 - 5:30 PM [In Person/Hybrid]

  1. Workshop on Curating for Advocacy - See forward-thinking workshops below
  2. Workshop on White Nationalist Movements and Alt-Right pandemic - related methods - See forward-thinking workshops below
  3. Repressive law enforcement against migrants in OhioIn this roundtable, Ohio-based activists and human rights scholars will discuss their advocacy and research on immigration enforcement in the Midwest. The speakers will talk about the creativity, resilience, and “insurgent citizenship” enacted by immigrants under these difficult circumstances, and offer action items for participants to support immigrants’ human rights in Ohio and the region. 
    • Chad Sloss, University of Dayton [Moderator]
    • Lynn Tramonte, Ohio Immigrant Alliance [virtual]
    • Houleye Thiam, Mauritanian Network for Human Rights in the US [virtual]
    • Maria Otero, ABLE-Advocates for Basic Legal Equality
    • Julie Leftwich, Immigrant Refugee Law Center
    • Miranda Hallett & Yulianna Otero-Asmar, University of Dayton
  4. Laudato-si, environmental justice and care for our community
    • Sr. Leanne Jablonski FMI, University of Dayton [Moderator]
    • On Care for Our Common Home: Laudato Si platform
      Rebecca Potter, University of Dayton
    • Social Ecology and Lawyering in the Anthropocene
      Matthew Currie, ABLE
      Kumar Jensen, Former Chief sustainability and Resilience Officer for the City of Evanston
    • Dayton Sustainability Plan and engagement with climate justice and resilience
      Meg Maloney, Sustainability Specialist for the City of Dayton
    • Fratelli Tutti: Pope Francis and the Catholic Response to Human Rights
      Tiffany Hunsinger, University of Dayton
    • Pope Francis, Human Rights, and Covid-19
      John Sniegocki, Xavier University 
  5. The role of universities in promoting human rights in cities and communities
    • Tiffany Taylor Smith, University of Dayton [Moderator]
    • The University’s Role in Fulfilling the Right to Food and Shelter
      Sarita Cargas, University of New Mexico [virtual]
    • Human Rights & Placemaking: Universities in Community Ecosystems
      Jackie Smith, University of Pittsburgh 
      Neil Brown, UrbanKind Institute & Duquesne University [virtual]
    • Hall Hunger Initiative
      Mark Willis, University of Dayton
    • Organizing the campus and community around the 2021 "Agenda towards transformative change for racial justice and equality"
      Nathanael Joseph, University of Pittsburgh [virtual]
    • Community-based and participatory research methods
      Alfredo Ortiz, University of the Incarnate Word

  6. Intercultural competencies and rights-based approaches for Ohio's child servicesAcross urban, suburban, or rural settings in the US, communities consist of individuals with various racial, religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Guardians Ad Litem (GALs), appointed by Judges and Magistrates in the Juvenile Court to advocate for the best interests of Children in Need, and staff from agencies that work with Children in Need and their families must understand these variations in order to better assist the children and their families. The goal is to enable support for the child and his/her family through the perspective of that family’s practices (that are appropriate and safe), and not those of the individual helping the family. 
    • Ericka Curran, University of Dayton School of Law [Moderator]
    • Jane Novick, CASA
    • Tanya Cooper, Pepperdine Law School [virtual]
    • Laura Herrold, Educator [virtual]
    • Stephanie Klupinski, Former teacher and attorney [virtual]
    • Fatima Bashir, former member of the Ohio CASA Board [virtual]
  7. Equity, wealth & sustainable local developmentNew initiatives in Dayton and other US cities are seeking to disrupt the systems that maintain intergenerational, multidimensional poverty, including racially based inequities in health, housing, infrastructure, employment, finance and education. This roundtable looks across varied experiences in empowering communities, public-private partnerships and developing cities using innovation and rights-based methods.
    • Kayla Rothman-Zecher [Moderator]
    • Kristina R. Scott, Learn to Earn
    • Nina Carter, NorthWest Dayton Partnership
    • Steve Kaufmann, Deputy Attorney General Colorado 
    • Jeff Hoagland, Dayton Development Coalition
    • Lejla Sadiku, United Nations Development Programme [virtual]

forward-thinking workshops

SPHR 2021 provides an innovative space for translating human rights advocacy into practice. Workshops focused on practical advocacy methods and strategies will take place on Friday and Saturday December 3-4. Attendees must register to participate as space is limited. Learn more about the workshops below. 

Friday December 3rd, 2021 4 - 5:30 PM

  • Patriotism, Pandemic and Precarity [Hybrid]
  • Curating Advocacy [Hybrid]
  • How the Alt-Right and White Nationalist movement used the pandemic

    This workshop will explore how the Alt-Right and White Nationalist movement use conspiracy theories around the origin and challenge of the Covid-19 Pandemic to recruit members, advance their causes, and create social and cultural discord in an effort to create legitimacy for their racist and white supremacist attacks on community. After a discussion of the current state of the Alt-Right and White Nationalist movement, the workshop will interrogate the various online tools used by these groups to attack and dismantle community and human rights initiatives. The workshop concludes with an interactive activity that helps participants explore how these efforts undermine human rights and can be effectively countered in a manner that builds healthy communities.

    Designing and educating for human rights in museum spaces

    Over the past two decades, museums have evolved from places for seeing to spaces for doing. Crafting compelling experiences has become a central part of the curatorial mission. This shift is nowhere more evident than in museums devoted to peace, human rights and historical memory. This workshop aims to bring together scholars, museum professionals, and human rights practitioners to consider how museums can use their physical spaces and virtual platforms to curate experiences of human rights advocacy. Traditional approaches, such as facilitating face-to-face encounters between visitors and survivors or witnesses to human rights abuses, will be considered alongside more innovative ventures, such as crowd-sourced mapping projects, social media campaigns, and digital rituals of remembrance.

    Saturday December 4th 9 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Witnessing [Hybrid]
  • Local Human Rights Advocacy [In Person]
  • Central Americanists serving as experts in U.S. immigration courts

    Over the past several decades, increasing numbers of academic researchers in anthropology, political science, sociology, and other fields have come to play important roles in immigration court hearings for asylum and withholding of removal. In the past decade in particular, specialists in Central America have increasingly served in this capacity, requiring familiarity with new genres of writing, modes of argumentation and evidence, and skills to navigate the institutional and political complexities of the courts as well as the broader system. As they learn to do this work, expert witnesses can benefit from intentional professional development in this area and meaningful dialogue with other witnesses and immigration lawyers about practices and techniques. This workshop affords experts a focused and intentional space to share experiences and improve practice in this area.

    Utilizing international human rights norms for local activism

    Dayton is the home to many social justice and rights-based coalitions, organizations and activists. Together with local activists and organizations, we will explore opportunities to leverage human rights norms, strategies and procedures as powerful and practical tools for addressing structural injustice, including disparities in race, socio-economic status, gender, housing, health and environmental wellbeing. This workshop builds on the growing interest in understanding how human rights frameworks can inform and strengthen local advocacy in the US. We will examine how we as a community can utilize these tools to further human rights-based advocacy efforts in the Miami Valley.