Past Featured CHR Events



















International Human Rights Day

UWCHR December Reception

Thursday, December 8, 2011

None of Us Were Like This Before: Reflections on American Soldiers and Torture (UW Seattle) 

Joshua Phillips

Friday, November 18, 2011


None of Us Were Like This Before: Reflections on American Soldiers and Torture (UW Tacoma)

Joshua Phillips

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


"Truth, Justice, and Reparations"

The Honorable Baltasar Garzón

Tuesday, May 17, 2011




From Seattle to the World

Spring Symposium and Celebration

Monday, May 2, 2011

Panel included: LARRY COX, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA (Keynote);
JAMES BIBLE, President of the NAACP of Seattle/King County; PRAMILA JAYAPAL, Founder/Executive Director of OneAmerica; and MAGDALENO ROSE-AVILA, Global Justice Leader/Activist.  Photos and event video available here.



Last Survivor

Film Screening

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The UWCHR screened the award-winning film, the Last Survivor, in honor of Genocide Prevention Month. The Last Survivor chronicles the lives of survivors of four different genocides throughout the world (the Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and Congo) by highlighting the lessons and social impacts of the genocides and by promoting prevention, activism, and awareness for mass atrocities today and in the future. UW sociology professor and ethnic conflict expert, Dr. Daniel Chirot, offered a Q&A session following the film.



HARAMBEE! Celebration

A Celebration with the Kenya Human Rights Group

Saturday March 26, 2011

HARAMBEE is a Kenyan concept meaning “all pull together.” The Harambee event brought together communities of Seattle, USA and Loitokitok, Kenya in solidarity to advance the right to education and explore social justice through community in action. The Celebration supported the construction of a Learning Resource Center, which will include a library, health center and computer lab. The HARAMBEE! featured wine, Kenyan food, art, music and a silent auction.

The Harambee was a continuation of UW Professor Joel Ngugi’s “Health, Human Rights and Social Transformation” course series. The Kenya Human Rights Group consists of 15 University of Washington students and alums engaging in applied human rights work in Kenya.



“From Local to Global: A Maternal Health Crisis”

Amnesty International Panel Discussion

January 27, 2011

Amnesty International, the University of Washington Center for Human Rights and the University of Washington Women’s Center sponsored a panel discussion that focused on the maternal mortality crisis in the United States and across the globe and raised awareness about this important issue. The panel openned with a clip from the documentary, “Dead Mums Don’t Cry”. Members of the panel included Dr. Vivien Davis Tsu, of PATH, Professor Stephen Gloyd from the University of Washington’s Global Health Department, Dr. Michael Tuggy of Swedish Medical Center, and moderator Jason Disterhoft of Amnesty International USA.



Oscar's Cuba

NW Premiere Screening with Director Jordan Allott

Friday, January 21, 2011

The UW Center for Human Rights partnered with the Seattle International Foundation, the Seattle Latino Film Festival, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (UW) & the Simpson Center for the Humanities (UW) for a screening and panel discussion of Oscar's Cuba. The acclaimed 2010 documentary film depicts political repression in Cuba and the survival, despite great adversity, of a human rights community on the island. The film's focus is Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, a doctor sentenced to a 25-year prison term for publicly denouncing human rights abuses by the Cuban government. Director Jordan Allott, who traveled to Cuba to record interviews with local dissidents and human rights activists introduced the film and took questions from the audience about the film and the situation in Cuba.


International Human Rights Day

UWCHR December Reception

Friday, December 10, 2010

The University of Washington School of Law, in conjunction with the University of Washington Center for Human Rights (UWCHR) honored International Human Rights Day by highlighting examples of engagement with human rights through research, service, advocacy and activism by University of Washington students and Student groups.

December 10th marked the 62nd anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations. The UDHR is a ground-breaking document that revolutionized how we think about the rights of individuals in international law. It is rightly considered to be the foundational document of human rights and has inspired generations of people to stand up for human rights. Among those UDHR has inspired are our students, many of whom have spent countless hours and endured many personal sacrifices to engage in human rights work.

The University of Washington School of Law is a leading public law school in the nation. Its mission is to serve as and to educate our students to be leaders of the global common good. The law school prides itself in producing leaders for the Global Common Good and urges all its members to shape and define just and sustainable laws and policies through scholarly discovery, ethical advocacy, inspired teaching and generous public service.

The UWCHR was established by an initiative of the Washington State legislature in 2009, following a decade of ambitious program-building on all three UW campuses. The UWCHR draws on the diverse strengths of our faculty, staff, and student body across the three campuses and aspires to become a major center for the study and practice of human rights.



Human Rights: Lawyering in the Trenches: The Realities of Fighting Human Trafficking

Friday, October 1, 2010

Cindy Liou, 2004 UW alumnus, spoke with students about her career as a human rights attorney representing survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. She spoke about her cases and human trafficking, and how to pursue a career in the law and social justice field.

Cindy Liou is a staff attorney at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (API Legal Outreach). Cindy currently practices law in the areas of family law, domestic violence, immigration law, and human trafficking. She is the coordinator of the Human Trafficking Project at the agency, and her clients come from all ages, gender, ethnicities, nationalities, and sexual orientation. Cindy's practice also includes co-counseling cases with law firms and other agencies to file civil suits against traffickers. Cindy recently presented at the 2010 Department of Justice National Conference of Human Trafficking and regularly provides training to other attorneys, shelters, social services, and local and federal law enforcement agencies.



Human Rights in the LGBT Community in El Salvador

October 28, 2010

The Center for Human Rights was honored to host LGBT Rights Activist William Hernandez: Director and President of the Asociación Entre Amigos, an organization that works to promote and defend the human rights of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population and people living with HIV/AIDS in El Salvador.

He also serves as Secretary for Human Rights of the Coalition of Gay Organizations of Central America. In 2000, William was honored with the Felipa de Souza Award from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in New York. A courageous grassroots activist and leader, over the years William has faced death threats, office raids, and other acts of intimidation aimed at silencing his advocacy for LGBT rights; Amnesty International and other human rights groups have issued Urgent Actions expressing fear for his safety. Although the situation has improved in recent years, members of the Salvadoran LGBT community continue to experience violence and intimidation as part of their daily lives, and Entre Amigos is one of the few organizations that publicly advocates on their behalf.



Dreams and Nightmares

Screening of Abe Osheroff's Film

November 8, 2010


Dreams and Nightmares (1974) is Abe Osheroff’s effort to tell not only the story of the Spanish Civil War, for which he left America to fight in, but of his return to Spain in the 1970s. 

"While in Spain, he realized the full extent of U.S. military involvement with the repressive Franco regime. Although he had no experience as a filmmaker, Osheroff nonetheless decided to make a documentary about Franco's Spain ... He lined up crews to shoot in Spain and recruited Franco opponents to smuggle the film out …A screening in New York led to an invitation from a documentary film festival in Leipzig, in then-communist East Germany. Dreams and Nightmares won the festival's top prize." – Gregory Roberts

Prior to his passing in April 2008, Abe was a prominent social justice activist, opponent of the Iraq War, and a friend to the UW community.  The UWCHR offers a fellowship to students on behalf of the life and work of Abe Osheroff and Gunnel Clark. 



You Can't Scare Us!

Peace Activists Speak Out Against FBI Witch Hunts

Friday, November 12, 2010

On September 24, the FBI raided the homes of 14 well-known anti-war and human rights activists in Chicago and Minneapolis. They also raided the office of the Minnesota Anti-War Committee. According to the FBI, the goal of the raids was to investigate alleged “material support for terrorism". These activists face secretive Grand Jury trials, jail time, and fines. Their freedom is at stake, along with the public's freedom to organize against war and occupation.  This event discussed these recent raids, past and current history of FBI attacks on social movements in the US, the current climate of "Islamophobia", and repression disproportionately targeting Arab and Muslim individuals and communities.  It featured Jess Sundin, Minneapolis activist targeted by the FBI; Amin Odeh, Voices of Palestine; and Neil Fox, National Lawyers Guild.  It was sponsored by Seattle United Against FBI Repression, American Friends Service Committee, UW Center for Human Rights, Community Alliance for Global Justice, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Freedom Socialist Party, National Lawyers Guild - Seattle University Chapter, Radical Women,, Seattle CISPES, Seattle Jewish Voice for Peace, and Voices of Palestine.



"El Buen Vivir"An Indigenous Vision for Development and Governance

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The struggle for human rights in Mexico is also a struggle for indigenous rights.  Verónica Fernández de Castro and Paco Meneses work with the Center for Indigenous Rights and the Jesuit Mission of Bachajón in the northern region of Chiapas, Mexico, to build sustainable, autonomous communities on the ancestral land of the Tseltal Maya People.  They told stories of this struggle.  They discussed how locally-led social change development programs emerge from Tseltal communities and how these communities are responding to the complex social, political and economic reality in Mexico.  This presentation was sponsored by the UW Center for Human Rights, the Jackson School of International Studies, the Latin American Studies Department, the Latin American and Caribbean Students Association and the One Equal Heart Foundation.

Center for Human Rights
University of Washington
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

Angelina Snodgrass Godoy
Helen H. Jackson Endowed Chair in Human Rights
Director, Center for Human Rights

Gai-Hoai T. Nguyen
Associate Director, Center for Human Rights