Thursday, August 9, 2018
Local and state human rights agencies are on the front lines of human rights struggles in the US, and in many instances, they are the government agencies that are speaking out and holding the line against encroaching racism and other human rights violations.
The International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies will hold its annual conference from August 26-30 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The theme for the conference, which brings civil and human rights professionals from the US and Canada, is: “IAOHRA: Advancing the Civil and Human Rights Agenda; the Fierce Urgency of Now.” Registration information is available here.
The agenda for the meeting is posted on the registration site. Plenary speakers include E. Tendayi Achiume, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance; and Catherine Lhamon, Chair, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Breakout sessions address topics such as fair housing, implicit bias, and local human rights initiatives.
Kudos to the conference organizers for connecting the dots between local and the international human rights in this area!