• International Human Rights Conference

A Two-Day Centennial Conference on International Human Rights

Day One: Implementing Human Rights in MA: Legislative Strategies & Responsibilities

Date: Thursday, April 26 - 27, 2007
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

 

Conference Sponsors

Suffolk University's Center for Women's Health and Human Rights
National Women Law Student Association (Suffolk Law Chapter)
Center for Advanced Legal Studies - Suffolk University Law School
The Moakley Institute at Suffolk University
Massachusetts CEDAW Project
National Lawyers Guild
Northeastern University Law School's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy
Women's Bar Association
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under the Law
Massachusetts Bar Association

As the human rights movement within the U.S. gains strength, state and local legislators will increasingly be called on to ensure that state and local initiatives implement human rights norms.  The first day of this conference, "Implementing Human Rights in Massachusetts: Legislative Strategies and Responsibilities," will help policymakers respond to this challenge by providing tools for using human rights to address important state and local policy issues.  Speakers will focus on how international human rights can help address real issues facing Massachusetts residents.  This half-day session addresses the legal and policy context for such initiatives, and provides specific legislative models from other states and municipalities which have successfully used human rights frameworks to shape domestic initiatives in a range of specific areas, from housing to women's rights to immigration.  The target audience for the session will be state legislators, and municipal and county lawmakers and policy makers.  Representatives of non-profit organizations may also be interested. 

For schedule/agenda, registration or purchasing materials please visit: http://www.law.suffolk.edu/academic/als/coursedetail.cfm?cid=552.

Day Two: Hidden Epidemic: Child Sex Trafficking

Date: Thursday, April 26 - 27, 2007
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Location: Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

Conference Sponsors

Suffolk University's Center for Women's Health and Human Rights
National Women Law Student Association - Suffolk Law Chapter
Center for Advanced Legal Studies - Suffolk University Law School
The Moakley Institute at Suffolk University
Massachusetts CEDAW Project
National Lawyers Guild
Northeastern University of Law School's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy
Women's Bar Association
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law
Massachusetts Bar Association

In the late 1990s, international human rights activists began to draw attention to the worldwide plague of human trafficking.  As a subset of human trafficking, the sex trade, targeting tens of thousands of women and children, routinely involves the most brutal kinds of exploitation.  The second day of this conference, "Hidden Epidemic: Child Sex Trafficking," brings together experts in this field to focus on child sex trafficking, consider the scope of  the problem as well as various strategies to respond to it.  A striking feature of this problem is that, while child sex trafficking is a heinous violation of the rights of the most vulnerable, it is often overlooked in main stream human rights discourse, and unknown to the general public.  Leading academic experts will present the legal framework and root causes of the problem, the activists will share their perspective from the trenches and suggest possible strategies for opposing trafficking and remedies for the victims.  Child welfare and human rights specialists, international lawyers and prosecutors will benefit from attending. 

For schedule/agenda, registration or purchasing materials please visit: http://www.law.suffolk.edu/academic/als/coursedetail.cfm?cid=5523.

 

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