June 18, 2019 - Red Cross, Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL), Teacher Workshop
Tanner Center for Human Rights, Utah Educators
Connecting classroom lessons to current events, teaching humanitarian law and its
principles, promoting respect for the life and dignity of people affected by conflict
and violence, John Mejía, Legal Director at the ACLU and TCHR board member, along with Brigitte Klement, TCHR
Marketing and Development Manager, equipped Utah teachers with tools to help young
people increase thier:
• Understanding of the aspects of International Humanitarian Law and its complex application to human rights issues;
• Knowledge in international current events and humanitarian actions;
• Capacity to view conflict situations at home and abroad from a humanitarian perspective;
• Desire to become involved in community service in favor of the most vulnerable members of society.
Watch Rules of War in a Nutshell.
May 28-29, 2019 - TCHR Community Outreach: An Introduction to Human Rights in Action
East High School
World Civilization students participated in discussions designed to deepen their understanding of human rights around the world, locally and personally. Each student was presented with a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). East High School sophomores and juniors were introduced to the 2019 Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign—the biggest letter-writing campaign in the world.
May 3, 2019 - Napoleon Dynamite, movie screening presented as a Utah Film Center fundraiser.
Utah Film Center hosted at East High School
Celebrating the 15th anniversary of Napoleon Dynamite with this special screening, the fan-favorite members of the cast and crew* reunited for a lively moderated conversation following the film: Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Efren Ramirez (Pedro), Emily Dunn (Trisha), Shondrella Avery (Lafawnduh), and Aaron Ruell (Kip) with Jared Hess (Director/Writer), Jerusha Hess (Writer), and Jeremy Coon (Producer/Editor).
April 17, 2019 - The Infiltrators, movie screening presented as part of the documentary film series Through the Lens.
KUER 90.1, RadioWest, the Tanner Film Series and the Utah Film Center hosted at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Post-film Q&A with director Alex Rivera (Sleep Dealer, screened in 2010 & 2015) and moderated by KUER’s RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.
Directors Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera design a hybrid cinematic language, combining familiar documentary form and scripted narrative to map an uncharted domain: inside an Obama-era immigration detention system. Based on true events, The Infiltrators is both a suspenseful account of a high-stakes mission and an emotionally charged portrait of visionary youth fighting for their community. It’s about what happens to detained migrants, and what it takes to free them.
Without warning, Claudio Rojas is detained by ICE officials outside his Florida home.
He is transferred to the Broward Transitional Center, a detention facility used as
a holding space for imminent deportations. Terrified of never seeing him again, Claudio’s
family contacts the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), a group of activist
Dreamers known for stopping deportations. Believing that no one is free as long as
in detention, NIYA enlists Marco Saavedra to self-deport with the hopes of gaining access to the detention center and impeding Claudio’s expulsion. Once inside, Marco discovers a complex for-profit institution housing hundreds of multinational immigrants, all imprisoned without trial.
Winner: Next Audience Award & Next Innovator Award–2019 Sundance Film Festival
April 3, 2019 - Noble Ambitions, Nobel Prize a discussion with Susi Snyder.
Susi Snyder, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for her contributions to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Those efforts include producing the report Don’t Bank on the Bomb, the only global report profiling the companies that produce that produce nuclear
weapons, and the institutions that finance them.
March 28, 2019 - Building a Community Around Self-Reliance and Trust with Samira Harnish, Founder and Executive Director, Women of the World
March 21, 2019 - Human Rights and Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen: Scott Paul, Humanitarian Policy Lead, Oxfam and Andrea Prasow, Deputy Washington Director, Human Rights Watch
Letter of thanks to Utah Senator Mike Lee for calling to end United States involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen.
Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, S.J. Quinney School of Law, Tanner Center for
Human Rights, University of Utah
February 11, 2019 - 2019 Distinguished Lecture with E. Tendayi Achiume
February 1, 2019 - Human Trafficking Symposium, Migrants and Trafficking: The Vulnerability of Movement with Kathleen Kim, Phd.
S.J. Quinney College of Law in collaboration with the Tanner Center for Human Rights
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.
Kathleen Kim, professor of law at Loyola Law School, is an expert on immigration and human trafficking who studies and writes about immigration law, workplace rights, civil rights and the 13th Amendment. She is a co-author of the first casebook on human trafficking, “Human Trafficking Law and Policy,” and was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Commission in 2013. The effort to battle trafficking is a major priority of two religious women’s communities that sponsor Loyola Marymount University: the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Kim speaks here about the United States as a destination for those who are trafficked. This event was co-sponsored by the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the Tanner Center for Human Rights.
If you or anyone you know is a victim of trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1 (888) 373-7888.
January 14-15, 2019 - TCHR Community Outreach: An Introduction to Human Rights in Action
East High School
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, students in world civilization classes at East High School learned about the importance of human rights this month thanks to the Tanner Center for Human Rights. Teacher Ms. Lynette Yorgasen invited Aleta Tew, TCHR center associate director, and Brigitte Klement, development and marketing manager, to bring the program 'An Introduction to Human Rights in Action' to her students. Talk about engaged learning!
Students learned about the history of human rights and of the United Nations. They participated in discussions designed to deepen their understanding of human rights around the world, locally and personally. Each student was presented with a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). These sophomores, juniors and seniors were introduced to the 2019 Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign—the biggest letter-writing campaign in the world.
Discussions around human rights, the 11 Amnesty International cases, which focus on women human rights defenders who are under threat, and their relation to the UDHR's 30 human rights articles were ongoing and lively. Students wrote over 78 letters to government officials around the world on behalf of these women, who are in desperate need of support. In their letters, students made connections to values articulated in the declaration—open society, democracy, inclusivity, equality, tolerance, diversity, respect and safety—putting its principles to good use.
“It is nice watching the positive change come over the students,” Yorgasen said. “This class has never been so engaged, ever!”