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Mobilizing Human Rights Strategies for Racial Justice
The recent deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have highlighted for many the persistence of racial injustice in the US. Some advocates believe that a human rights framework opens the door to a set of potentially game-changing strategies that can effectively address racial injustice. This panel will feature four experts who are on the frontlines of using international mechanisms and an innovative set of human rights legal, advocacy and organizing strategies to advance racial justice.
- Nasrina Bargzie
- Connie de la Vega
- Clara Long
- Claret Vargas
- Jenny Martinez, moderator
Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Center and the Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law.
Nasrina Bargzie, National Security and Civil Rights attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus. Nasrina is co-chair of the US Human Rights Network's ICCPR Taskforce and has engaged in advocacy before the UN Human Rights Committee, the Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination and is currently working on the Universal Periodic Review of the United States.
Professor Connie de la Vega, Professor and Academic Director of International Programs and Dean's Circle Scholar. Professor de la Vega writes extensively on international human rights law and participates in United Nations human rights meetings. She has submitted amicus briefs detailing international law standards to U.S. courts for juvenile death penalty and affirmative action cases, including Roper v. Simmons and Graham and Sullivan v. Florida, and has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. She established the Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Law Clinic at USF and is a founding member of Human Rights Advocates.
Clara Long, Researcher, Human Rights Watch US Program. Clara researches immigration and border policy with the US Program at Human Rights Watch. Clara has researched and advocated for human rights in Bolivia, Brazil, Panama, and the United States, including litigation in the Inter-American system. She is the co-producer of an award-winning documentary, Border Stories, about perspectives on immigration enforcement from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Claret Vargas, Executive Director of the Human Rights Center at Stanford Law School. Claret's research and advocacy focus on human rights, social justice, ethics, and violence. As a scholar with regional expertise in Latin America, Claret has researched, published and taught on indigenous rights movements in Guatemala and Bolivia, ethics in Brazilian and Latin American literature, public intellectuals’ human rights advocacy during and after dictatorships in the Americas, and on the influence of Spanish Colonialism and the development of International Humanitarian Law and Just War theory.
Professor Jenny Martinez, Associate Dean for Curriculum, Professor of Law and Warren Christopher Professor in the Practice of International Law and Diplomacy, Stanford Law School, will moderate.