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DC Human Rights Summit offers youth advocacy opportunity

DC Human Rights Summit offers youth advocacy opportunity

Published: September 14, 2015
Photo: AFSC

On June 22nd, 2015,  a group of young people and AFSC staff from the DC Peace & Economic Justice Project and West Virginia's Appalachian Center for Equality (ACE) gathered for a week in order to discuss human rights and prepare for a day of meeting with elected officials. The DC Youth Human Rights Summit, a weeklong event now in its third year, was supported by Bethesda Friends Meeting as well as the Barrett Foundation.
 
The summit served as a way to expand upon participants' prior knowledge of human rights while challenging their thinking. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948, was the foundation for a week of discussion on issues of homelessness, police brutality, human trafficking and access to equitable education.
 
After completing workshops on community organizing and direct advocacy, participants with the help of Georgetown Law School interns addressed the judiciary committee of the D.C. City Council in support of anti-human trafficking legislation, with plans to push further to a wider audience.
 
Students are also preparing a human rights art exhibit to be displayed and presented to city officials and the community on December 10, 2015, International Human Rights Day. Titled "Human Rights in a Human Rights City: A Critical View from D.C. Youth," the exhibit will be a continuation of the advocacy work from this year's summit.
 
More highlights from AFSC's 2015 DC Youth Human Rights Summit can be viewed and downloaded in PDF form here.

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