Minnesota Advocates Events
From: Min Chong (mchongmnadvocates.org)
Date: Wed, 30 May 2007 14:34:40 -0700 (PDT)
More information about these and other Minnesota Advocates for Human
Rights events can be found on our website at www.mnadvocates.org
<http://www.mnadvocates.org/> . 


The Federal Death Penalty

Death Penalty Lecture Series presented by Dorsey & Whitney LLP and
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights

Thursday, May 31, 2007, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Seattle Room, 15th Floor

50 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis

Professor Stephen J. Cribari will discuss "tweaking death: how, and why,
the Supreme Court balances the power to execute." His talk will include
reflections on federal review of death penalty cases arising out of
state criminal charges. Professor Cribari will also draw on his own
experiences defending capital cases in federal court. This lecture is a
brown bag lunch. Beverages will be provided. Application will be made
for one CLE credit. For more information, contact Rosalyn Park at (612)
341-3302 ext. 106 or rpark [at] mnadvocates.org. 


2007 Asylum Conference

Friday, June 1, 8:15 am - 5:00 pm

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

200 South Sixth Street, Suite 4000, Minneapolis

Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights is offering a one-day conference to
provide practitioners with practical information for representing asylum
seekers in the U.S. Participants will learn the essentials of asylum law
from filing the asylum application to preparing for the hearing. The
conference also offers an advanced asylum track in litigation strategies
for the seasoned immigration practitioner. Through a trained pro bono
panel of over 300 lawyers, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights
represents hundreds of asylum seekers annually. This annual conference
has gained a reputation for excellence, presenting local and national
experts on asylum law and practice. For more information, contact Ingrid
Haugland at (612) 341-3302 ext. 120 or ihaugland [at] mnadvocates.org. 


Human Trafficking and Women's Rights in Turkey

Women's Human Rights Speaker Series presented by Briggs and Morgan, PA
and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights

Tuesday, June 12, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Briggs and Morgan, Minnesota Room

2200 IDS Center, 80 S. Eighth St., Minneapolis

Dr. Ilknur Altuntas, a judge in the Ministry of Justice in Ankara,
Turkey and a 2006 - 2007 Humphrey Fellow presents. As a modern-day form
of slavery, human trafficking is a serious violation of human rights. It
affects every continent and region of the world and continues to sustain
annual growth. After drug smuggling, human trafficking is the second
largest criminal industry in the world and the fastest-growing. It is
the most profitable criminal activity for funding transnational
organized crime. Turkey, serving as a bridge between Asia and Europe, is
a destination country for trafficking in persons. This presentation will
address the core elements and root causes of human trafficking, its
consequences and solutions, and Turkey's effort to combat human
trafficking. The presentation will also provide an overview of women's
rights in Turkey. Application will be made for one CLE credit. Please
RSVP to Tina at shouareau [at] briggs.com or (612) 977-8126 by Friday, June
8. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP. For more information on
the series, please contact Mary Hunt at (612) 341-3302, ext. 107 or
mhunt [at] mnadvocates.org. 


Defending Human Rights: Using the African Commission on Human and
Peoples' Rights to Protect Fundamental Rights and Freedoms

Presented by Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP and Minnesota Advocates
for Human Rights

Thursday, June 14, 12:00-1:00 pm

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP. 

Conference Center, 28th Floor

800 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis

Arnold Tsunga, an internationally prominent Zimbabwean lawyer and human
rights defender, will discuss the role and mandate of the African
Commission in protecting human rights on the African continent as well
as strategic ways to utilize Commission mechanisms to push for changes
under repressive regimes, in particular, in Zimbabwe. One CLE credit to
be applied for. This presentation is a brown bag lunch. Please RSVP to
Laura Young by Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at (612) 341-3302 ext. 128 or
lyoung [at] mnadvocates.org


2007 Human Rights Law and Policy Conference

Friday, June 15, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

50 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis

Minnesota Advocates will host its fifth annual human rights law and
policy conference, Children Left Behind: A Child's Right to Education in
the U.S. Children deserve equal access to a quality education without
discrimination. The human right to education promotes a child's right to
a quality education in a safe and respectful learning environment. When
education assists children in recognizing their capabilities, they are
able to reach their full potential and contribute to society. The
conference will address the current state of American schools, including
barriers to access to equal education such as race, class, technology,
geography, segregation, poverty, legislation, funding, etc., and discuss
strategies to eliminate inequity within the education system. For more
information, contact Julia Kashaeva at (612) 341-3302 ext. 127 or
jkashaeva [at] mnadvocates.org. 


Minnesota Advocates 2007 Human Rights Awards Dinner - Human Rights,
Justice, and Peace: Truth and Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Societies

Tuesday, June 19, 5:00 - 8:45 pm

The Depot

225 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis

Jerome Verdier, Chair of the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation
Commission will present the keynote address. The 2007 Human Rights Award
winners are Priscilla Hayner for her groundbreaking work on transitional
justice around the world, and Sofia Macher for her continuing
contributions to the truth and reconciliation process in Peru. An RSVP
form can be found here
ploads/2007_HRAD_RSVP.doc> . For more information, please contact Sarah
Herder at (612) 341-3302 ext. 126 or sherder [at] mnadvocates.org. 

Minnesota Advocates is also seeking donations for our silent auction.
Please contact Min Chong at (612) 341-3302 ext. 115 or
mchong [at] mnadvocates.org for more information. 


Challenged to Provide Healthcare for All 

2007 Human Rights Lecture Series

Presented by Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. and Minnesota Advocates for Human

Thursday, June 21, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

U.S. Bank Plaza

200 South Sixth Street, Suite 4000, Minneapolis

Panelists will address issues of health from human rights perspective.
Application will be made for one CLE credit. More information TBA.
Questions can be directed to Julia Kashaeva at (612) 341-3302 ext. 127
or jkashaeva [at] mnadvocates.org. 


"Locked Away": Human Rights and Immigration Detention

Presented by ACLU Human Rights Program and ACLU of Illinois

Co-sponsored by Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, Detention Watch
Network, Midwest Coalition for Human Rights, and National Immigrant
Justice Center

June 27 - June 28, 2007

Children and Family Justice Center

Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL

The ACLU Human Rights Program and the ACLU of Illinois are presenting a
workshop for social justice advocates and organizations interested in
developing human rights strategies to examine the detention of
immigrants in the Midwest and beyond. The workshop will use a human
rights lens to tackle a range of issues and will bring together human
rights and immigrant justice experts and practitioners. Questions can be
directed to Ashwini Hardikar at (212) 549-2663 or ahardikar [at] aclu.org.
Questions about the program can be directed to Jamil Dakwar at (212)
519-7850 or jdakwar [at] aclu.org. 



Min Y. Chong
Assistant to the Executive Director
Administrative Associate
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights
650 Third Avenue South, Suite 550
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1940
Phone: (612) 341-3302 ext. 115
Fax: (612) 341-2971


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