INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN RIGHTS LAW
Presenter: Robin Phillips, The Advocates for Human Rights
This session provides a broad overview of human rights law, including the history of human rights from antiquity to the present, the role of the United Nations and other human rights bodies, and the application of local, state, and federal laws. This session is a great opportunity for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of law and human rights on an international scale.
HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY AT THE UNITED NATIONS
Presenter: Jennifer Prestholdt, The Advocates for Human Rights
This session gives an overview of the United Nations’ system for protecting human rights and explores the ways organizations can work with UN bodies, including the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review and treaty-based mechanisms for enforcing compliance with human rights obligations. The session will also discuss the role of lawyers and non-governmental organizations in contributing to UN human rights mechanisms, including shadow reporting.
IMMIGRATION LAW IN THE UNITED STATES
Presenter: Emily Good, The Advocates for Human Rights
This session introduces basic concepts of immigration law, such as how people immigrate, refugee and asylum processes, family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, and deportation. Underlying legislative policies and impacts will also be covered. This session is appropriate for anyone interested in learning more about the legal processes impacting immigrants.
SEX TRAFFICKING IN MINNESOTA: A PARADIGM SHIFT
Presenter: Helen Rubenstein, The Advocates for Human Rights and Aviva Breen, former Executive Director, Minnesota Legislative Commission on the Economic Status of Women and former Board Chair, The Advocates for Human Rights.
The Advocates for Human Rights conducted a sex trafficking needs assessment for the state of Minnesota in 2008. The resulting report was an important step in changing the conversation in Minnesota from one in which prostituted women and girls are treated as criminals to recognizing that they are victims of traffickers and johns. Instead of being put in jail or sent back out on the street they need services to rebuild their lives. The legislature responded with changes to the law in 2009 and 2011 that increased penalties for traffickers and johns and recognized sexually exploited juveniles as victims and not juvenile delinquents. This presentation describes the scope and characteristics of sex trafficking; the legal framework around sex trafficking in Minnesota, nationally, and internationally; and The Advocates’ work in legal and policy reform and its implementation.