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Listen to stories of migration & actions for justice on May 6

April 27, 2016

Please join The Center for Human Rights at the University of Washington for an evening of discussion, stories and photography — and awards — about migration issues on the occasion of its annual spring symposium.

The Center for Human Rights’ annual spring symposium highlighting human rights in communities like Seattle and all over the world will feature stories of migration and actions for justice.

When: Friday, May 6, 2016, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Where: Kane Hall (KNE)225/Walker-Ames Room

RSVP preferred by April 28:

The program will include a reception and announcement of the 2016 human rights awardees, recognition of volunteers and interns, and feature a panel presentation that focuses on the ways in which migrants and their advocates here in Seattle are working to advance human rights.

The panel presentation will feature:

  • Miguel Rios representing the UW Dreamers/Purple Group (peer support network of undocumented students)
  • Gilda Blanco with the National Domestic Workers Alliance (which works for the respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers)
  • Sara Vannini (iShool, co-collaborator of Fotohistorias) speaking about the Fotohistorias Project
  • Moderated by Center for Human Rights faculty associate, Ricardo Gomez (iSchool).

There will be a “FotoHistorias” exhibit available for viewing during the reception/event.

FotoHistorias, led by UW iSchool Professor Ricardo Gomez is a participatory photography project that documents the life stories of migrants in the North, in the South, and at the U.S.-Mexico Border, to help surface the richness, diversity and depth of their roots, experiences, and aspirations. As an example of what de Souza Santos calls Sociology of Emergence, this project offers a counter-narrative that demonstrates the power of their determination, re-valorizes their human dignity and their contribution to society.

The event is co-sponsored by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, the Center for Global Studies and the Information School.

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