November 15, 2016: Students exchanged their backpacks and sneakers for dresses and ties at the 2016 Human Rights Watch Voices for Justice Dinner. STF leaders, teachers and supporters kicked off the night with a special reception with Yonous Muhammad, recipient of the 2016 Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, and HRW Greece Researcher, Eva Cossé. STFers were empowered by the human rights defenders’ insight into how younger generations can make a difference in the world through awareness and resilience.
STFers also participated in a special human rights advocates “speed-dating,” where they met with Holocaust survivor Dr. Henry Oster, young Syrian refugees Rodi and Ramadan Youssef, immigration lawyer Haimanot Habtu, and New Roads transgender student Jake Hofheimer. Each speaker shared their experiences with various human rights violations and answered questions from participants about their backgrounds.
During the dinner, students helped Human Rights Watch celebrate the passing of Prop 57 and honoring Yonous.