Unsilenced: Empowering Human Rights Defenders in Exile


The McCain Institute invites you to join the event, “Unsilenced: Empowering Human Rights Defenders in Exile” on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the ASU Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center.

This event, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, pays tribute to the resilience and bravery of human rights defenders who continue their crucial work in the face of exile. It will highlight the challenges faced by Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in exile and explore the support mechanisms available to them. It aims to bridge the gap between defenders’ struggles and the organizations that offer support, fostering a collaborative dialogue for effective advocacy and policy influence, especially in Washington, D.C.

Speakers: Jamila Afghani, founder of the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization; Ginna Anderson, associate director of the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights; Gerardo Berthin, vice president of international programs at Freedom House; Nadine Hoffman, deputy executive director of the International Women’s Media Foundation; Sarah Margon, director of foreign policy at Open Society Foundations; Elisa Massimino, executive director of Georgetown University Law Center’s Human Rights Institute; Binalakshmi Nepram, founder of India’s Control Arms Foundation and the Manipur Women Gun Survivor Network; Wai Wai Nu, founder and executive director of the Women Peace Network in Myanmar; Charlotte Oldham-Moore, senior staff member to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and Zerxes Spencer, director of fellowship programs at the National Endowment for Democracy. 
10:30 a.m. – RSVP

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