Workshops Address Current Humanitarian Issues


The American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay is offering a series of workshops at Suffolk University Law School to complement the exhibit A Memory of Humanity: From Solferino to Guantanamo - 145 Years of Red Cross Photography.

The traveling exhibit from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva features more than 80 photographs illustrating how compassion and humanitarian aid can mitigate the horrors of armed conflict. It is at the Adams Gallery at Suffolk University from Feb. 1 through March 31, 2008.

The following workshops will be held from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in Suffolk Law School, Room 265, Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont St., Boston.

  • Saturday, Feb. 9, “Zooming in on International Humanitarian Law,” addressing the tenets and establishment of international humanitarian law and their relevance in armed conflict and warring areas.
  • Saturday, Feb. 16, “A Spotlight on Prisoners of War During Armed Conflict.” POWs and how they are treated, protected, monitored, and communicate with loved ones.
  • Saturday, Feb. 23, “Providing Relief for the Displaced.” Recent conflicts have created an increased need for relief efforts for an enormous number of displaced persons.
  • Saturday, March 1: “Reuniting Families and Restoring Severed Ties.” As conflict has increasingly affected civilians, many families have been separated, often for years. ICRC helps locate and reunite missing family members.
  • Saturday, March 15: “Child Soldiers: Innocence Lost.” Exploring the effects of the horrific trend to force children into modern conflicts and what is being done to combat this terrible reality.
  • Saturday, March 22: “Forgotten Victims in War: Women’s Struggle to Survive.” Women often have been the innocent and brutally victimized bystanders in conflicts. This workshop explores their struggle and the increasing awareness and activism to protect this half of the world’s population.
  • Saturday, March 29: “Fight for Justice, Universal Humanity, and a New Hope,” international tribunals and the defining of human rights, rules in conflict, and the implementation of the intellectual principles.

 Workshop RSVP: Amanda Wilander,  617-274-5330


Memory of Humanity: From Solferino to Guantanamo - 145 Years of Red Cross Photography
Feb. 1, 2008 through March 31, 2008
Adams Gallery, Sargent Hall, Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston
Open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

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Amanda Wilander