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“Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”  -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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2019 Distinguished Lecture: Racial Borders

E. Tendayi Achiume presents on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. The Tanner for Human Rights Center in collaboration with the School for Cultural and Social Transformation

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The Intersection of Migration and Human Trafficking

Migrants have taken a prominent place on the public stage in recent years, from divided political rhetoric on status of migrants in the United States, to news of migrant caravans traveling to the U.S. from South America, to the changing landscape of immigration law in the country, such as the upheaval of asylum availability or family separation at the border. These individuals are at significant risk for trafficking. Many are lured into migration by promise of employment, safety, or legitimate status in the country of immigration. Others are victims of crime such as kidnapping or sex crimes. The result is often enslavement, violence, torture and even threats of death.

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Community Outreach: East High Youth in Action 2019

Talk about engaged learning! The Barbara and Norman Tanner Center for Human Rights strives to build bridges between the University of Utah, the community, and the primary and secondary schools within our state. The Center teams with local schools and organizations to encourage local youth to effectively involve themselves in community betterment and to help them understand the importance of Human Rights and familiarize themselves with the Universal Declarations of Human Rights (UDHR). The Center also offers Utah’s Jr. High and High School teachers professional development training in Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL).

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Commentary: Human rights, for Everyone, Everywhere

In the aftermath of World War II, as the full horrors of the Holocaust committed by Germany’s fascist regime became apparent, the international community came together to create a new institution — the United Nations — to prevent violence and promote peace throughout the world. The newly created United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the declaration recognizing the inherent dignity and equal inalienable rights of all members of the human family. The declaration remains as important today as it was in 1948.

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The Tanner Center is dedicated to providing University of Utah students, faculty and the broader community with the inspiration and education needed to become advocates for peace, nonviolence, and human rights. The center seeks to provide avenues for the open discussion of important issues within the community, the nation, and the world.

Last Updated: 1/22/19