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Human Rights Programming

The Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs is proud to sponsor a wide range of human rights programming through our annual Human Trafficking and Migration Initiative, our semi-annual UNL Human Rights Series and through co-sponsorship with a wide range of campus and community partners.   

UNL Human Trafficking and Migration Initiative

In Fall 2020, we are presenting our first ever Virtual Human Trafficking and Migration Initiative, with a special focus on labor trafficking. We are hard at work creating a rich program where researchers, educators, advocates, and practicioners on the front lines will share insights from the fight to end human trafficking. We can't wait to update this space with more information-- stay tuned!

In Fall 2018, we presented our inaugural Human Trafficking and Migration Initiative, which aims to create spaces where Nebraska’s students, teachers and researchers can join the robust conversation about how to prevent and eradicate human trafficking, and protect the vulnerable. In 2019, the Initiative will focused on missing and murdered indigenous women and the #MMIW movement.

Local Heroes: A panel discussion with four Yezidi leaders

On October 4, 2019, at 4:30 p.m., Hadi Pir, Laila Khoudeida, Murad Ismael, and Haider Elias will come to the Heritage Room of the City Campus Union to share their stories of fighting back against the ISIS genocide of their people. When the genocide started, Mr. Pir and Ms. Khoudeida lived in Lincoln, where they still live today. They united with other Yezidi leaders, including Mr. Ismael and Mr. Elias, to travel to Washington, DC and to help coordinate United States airstrikes against ISIS targets. They will share this story, and updates on ongoing recovery, with us. We really hope you will join us to hear them.

UNL Human Rights Series

In Fall 2017, we launched our new, semi-annual UNL Human Rights Series with a public lecture by visiting scholar Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso from Babcock University, Nigeria.  This series is designed to promote human rights research and education on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus and in our larger community through symposia, events and performances, among other activities.  We invite campus partners to propose innovative ideas for programming that highlight the interdisciplinary and cross-cutting nature of human rights and that draw students and faculty from across the university.  

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HRHA Co-Sponsorships

In addition to the UNL Human Rights Series, HRHA is pleased to be able to support human rights-related activities on campus in the form of co-sponsorships of workshops, symposia, public lectures and other events.  If you are a faculty member, affiliated department or RSO, you can apply for co-sponsorship.

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