2018-2019 Year in Review

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STF Events: 2018-2019

A Year in the Life of STF

Help us celebrate our 20th anniversary by checking out A Year in the Life of STF! Share our tribute to Sid Sheinberg, longtime supporter of HRW and champion of STF, catch up on the advocacy efforts of the “Vote for Human Rights” and “Human Rights on the Southern Border” campaigns, learn about STFers’ meetings with a Holocaust survivor, Congressional representatives and their staff and see what STF alumni have been up to in 2018-19.

Ever onward,

Pam, Kristin, Nancy, Hannah, Kleya, Bayley, Daniela, Gillian, Ricardo, Krystsina, Natalie and Kate

Congresswoman Katie Hill, “Your Opinions Matter…”

Congresswoman Katie Hill, D-Agua Dulce, takes a picture with the Human Rights Watch Stundt Task Force at Golden Valley High School Friday afternoon. Photo by Cory Rubin

May 24, 2019: STF leaders from Academy of the Canyons, Canyon HS and Golden Valley HS met with Congresswoman Katie Hill to discuss human rights in the U.S. immigration system.

STFers shared a comprehensive overview of the work they did this spring to educate their peers on America’s immigration history and about current issues at the U.S. southern border. Students presented Congresswoman Hill with more than 400 signatures on letters requesting she support new legislation aimed at protecting the human rights of detained persons at our borders. When asked to take immediate action by co-sponsoring the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act of 2019 (H.R. 2415), Congresswoman Hill agreed!

She also commended the leaders for being vocal about human rights on their campuses and declared it is fantastic that they are learning how to advocate for themselves and others. “Your opinions matter…”

Read media coverage of the meeting:

STF leaders discuss border issues with Congresswoman Hill. Photo by Jade Aubuchon/KHTS News

“The Power In Your Hands”

Photos by Patricia Williams

April 30, 2019: “The power is in your hands to stand up for what’s right. Imagine a world as it should be and fight for it,” special guest and HRW supporter Leslie Gilbert-Lurie encouraged students and teachers at the 2019 STF Year-End Leadership Workshop.

Leslie and her mother, Rita Lurie, shared Rita’s story of surviving the terror of the Holocaust and their family’s lessons in courage and recovery. They read excerpts from their memoir, Bending Toward the Sun, and responded to many student questions. They emphasized the importance of speaking out against human rights violations within one’s community. “One voice can make a difference,” Leslie said.

Also speaking was Daisy Paniagua-Uribe, Congressman Ted Lieu’s Field Representative, who commended the students for standing up for human rights in the U.S. immigration system. She spoke of the importance of writing letters, calling legislative offices, and requesting meetings with elected officials to make sure their concerns are heard. The students presented Daisy with hundreds of signatures on letters to Congressman Lieu asking for his ongoing leadership to protect human rights in the immigration system. STFers are also collecting signatures on letters to Congressmembers Barragan, Bass, Hill and Sherman in preparation for May advocacy meetings.

Our Most Exciting Film Screening Yet!

We are delighted to invite you to our upcoming Film Club screening of Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World at Universal Studios on Sunday, June 2nd starting at 3:45pm. With a number of Human Rights Watch supporters and researchers coming to Los Angeles from around the world that week, we have decided to make this our biggest, most exciting Film Club screening yet!

On June 2nd, we invite you to Sound Stage 29 in the heart of Universal Studios and will take you on a private tour of the lot! All this for our regular price and with our usual high quality movie, panel discussion, and reception. You don’t want to miss it!

Get your tickets now. We look forward to welcoming you at Universal Studios on June 2nd!

STF Team,
Pam, Kristin, Nancy, Bayley and Kleya

Sunday, June 2, 2019
3:45pm | Doors open
4:30pm | Film screening and panel discussion
6:45pm | Cocktail reception
7:15pm | Optional tour of Universal Studios

Presented at Universal Studios Hollywood
Sound Stage 29
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608

Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Parking will be available at the Frankenstein parking at a reduced rate.

Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World follows the revolutionary rise of the “citizen investigative journalist” collective known as Bellingcat, dedicated to redefining breaking news by exploring the promise of open source investigation. Similarly to Human Rights Watch, this highly skilled and controversial collective exposes the truth behind global news stories. In the last decade and increasingly, Human Rights Watch is indeed harnessing technology, exposing violations remotely and in near real time, through geospatial and data analysis.

All attendees are invited to stay after the screening for a panel discussion, followed by a cocktail reception with Human Rights Watch researchers and optional tour of Universal Studios.

We are expecting a larger than usual audience, including a number of HRW researchers, staff and committee members from around the world. As a supporter of the film club, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to mingle with these international leaders in the human rights movement.

Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood film studios still in use, as well as a theme park. Attractions include the World-Famous Studio Tour, which allows visitors to see sets from the most iconic films and television shows, such as Jaws, Psycho, King Kong, War of the Worlds and many others.

Facts: Human Rights on the Southern Border

March 12 – April 12, 2019: STF chapters continued to share STF’s Human Rights on the Southern Border exhibit, launched by Palisades Charter HS STF on March 1. Academy of the Canyons, Canyon HS, Carson HS, Da Vinci Schools, Golden Valley HS and New Roads School STF chapters hosted the traveling exhibit for hundreds of students, teachers, parents, community members and a representative from Congresswoman Katie Hill’s office.

Participants learned about the challenges Central American migrants face to get to the U.S.-Mexico border, what a credible fear asylum interview can sound like and heard the cries of children separated from their families in detention centers in summer 2018.

As follow up, STFers will offer their classmates the opportunity to sign letters to their elected officials asking them to take a leadership role to protect human rights in the U.S. immigration system and be a voice for human dignity.

Scroll to see photos of the events:

Academy of the Canyons STF leader explains what a port of entry is and the process for entering the United States legally.
Photo by Nancy Nazarian-Medina
At Canyon High School, students talk about articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and human rights abuses migrants face causing them to fleeing their homes. Photo by Nancy Nazarian-Medina
During their annual exhibitions for their school community, Da Vinci STFers explain to parents, teachers and prospective students the dangers Central Americans face in their home countries and the human rights abuses they experience on their journeys north.
Photo by Kristin Ghazarians
Golden Valley Student Task Force leaders with Jonathan Ahmadi, Senior District Representative, Office of Rep. Katie Hill, 25th Congressional District. Photo by Ricardo Pina
Participants learn about the many different people and hostile terrain on the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border at New Roads School’s exhibit. Photo by Kristin Ghazarians
Palisades Charter HS STFers reenact a credible fear interview at the asylum station. Photo by Patricia Williams

HRW and STF Mourn Loss of Sid Sheinberg

Sid Sheinberg with STF leaders at the 2012-13 Fall Leadership Workshop. Photo by Patricia Williams

March 8, 2019, HRW: Human Rights Watch mourns the death of our friend, supporter and board member Sid Sheinberg, a legendary Hollywood executive who died at home on March 7 aged 84. Sheinberg and his wife Lorraine worked tirelessly for decades to support human rights and were instrumental in helping Human Rights Watch to establish work on the rights of women and LGBT people.

Sheinberg was best known professionally for launching Steven Spielberg’s career – together they gave us Jaws, ET and Schindler’s List.

Sheinberg was widely recognized as an outspoken LGBT ally… The program he helped establish at Human Rights Watch now covers LGBT rights issues around the world.

He also believed strongly in investing in the next generation and pushed Human Rights Watch to think about educating students on human rights and recruiting young people to the cause. In Los Angeles he supported the Student Task Force, which empowers high-school students to become human rights activists by building campaigns and advocating around key issues.

…His deep legacy propels us forward. We extend our gratitude to Sid and Lorraine Sheinberg for their lifelong support of human rights and we send our condolences to Lorraine, their sons Jon and Bill, and the entire Sheinberg family on the loss of a great man.

Read the complete HRW statement online

STF’s Tribute to Sid Sheinberg

Kanchan Wali-Richardson, Student Task Force 2008-09, Fulbright-Nehru Grantee Varanasi, India: “Thousands of students now scattered around the globe are united by our experiences in the Student Task Force, which instilled in us an early commitment to Human Rights and Human Rights Education.”

Abdiel Lopez, Student Task Force 2012-14, Grinnell College Grinnell, Iowa: “We are young, well-trained advocates passionate about children’s rights issues and eager to make a difference in the world. I don’t know too many other high school students who quoted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in their history classes, but we did.”

Amy Calfas, Student Task Force 2008–11, United States Institute for Peace Washington, D.C.: “Although our generation is witnessing many crises that dominate today’s media, STF provides the tools and education needed to become active citizens and to defend the rights of other youth. Today’s injustice doesn’t need to become tomorrow’s reality.”

Linda Gordon, Student Task Force 2010–14, Barnard College New York City, New York: “My work with the Student Task force has been truly life changing, and has had significant influence on my academic interests in college and my professional goals. Thank you Mr. Sheinberg for believing in us and supporting our opportunity to learn and to lead and to become a clear voice for justice in the world.”

The Sheinberg family has requested donations to the Human Rights Watch Student Task Force in lieu of flowers. Please send donations to:
Human Rights Watch Student Task Force
11500 W. Olympic Blvd, Suite 608
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Contact Kristin Ghazarians with questions: ghazark@hrw.org or 323-694-5185

Human Rights on the Southern Border at Palisades Charter HS

Photos by Patricia Williams

March 1, 2019: Palisades Charter HS’s Human Rights Watch Student Task Force presented their special exhibit, “Human Rights on the Southern Border,” on Friday, March 1 in their school auditorium.

The exhibit was produced by Pali’s Student Task Force, with the support of the Latino Student Union (LSU), to provide significant facts about the people and geography along the 2,000-mile U.S. southern border, why people cross it, and examples of basic human rights violations documented by human rights organizations. The Student Task Force hopes their presentation helped viewers better understand southern border issues and motivated them to continue learning more about this humanitarian crisis.

Congressman Ted Lieu sent his immigration representative, Daisy Paniagua-Uribe, to view the exhibit and she discussed sharing information with STF on legislation addressing issues like separation of families and investigating detention centers for human rights violations.

The Pali exhibit was presented in six stations:

  1. Northern Triangle: “Why We Flee”
  2. Mexico Side of Mexico/U.S. Border
  3. Legal Port of Entry at San Ysidro, California
  4. Asylum Process: “Credible Fear Interview”
  5. U.S. Side of the Mexico/U.S. Border
  6. Immigration Detention Center

Teachers signed up their classrooms to view the exhibit throughout the day.

Demonstration video tour of Human Rights on the Southern Border exhibit at Palisades Charter HS

Palisades Charter HS Human Rights on the Southern Border Traveling Exhibit (Click to watch, 4: 18)

An Inhumane Immigration System

Photos by Patricia Williams

January 31, 2019: As headlines about immigration dominate the news, 60 Student Task Force leaders, teacher advisers and supporters gathered for the 2019 Winter Leadership Workshop to launch Human Rights on the Southern Border campaign.

Grace Meng, a senior researcher with HRW’s U.S. Program, shared the story of a young mother and her daughter who fled gang violence in Honduras and explained why the U.S. immigration system is inhumane and disrespects human rights.

Attendees also previewed a few samples of the STF traveling exhibit “Experience the Southern Border,” which aims to raise awareness about the geographic realities of the US-Mexico border, why people cross it–and expose the human rights violations on the southern border. After viewing the exhibit, the students brainstormed strategies for implementing it on their campuses.

Meet the “Transmilitary”

Purchase tickets today! (Click to watch trailer, 2:12)

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
6:00 pm | Doors open
6:30 pm | Film Screening, followed by Q&A
8:45 pm | Reception

Presented at the United Talent Agency
9336 Civic Center Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The military is the largest employer of transgender people in the United States. Amid rapidly changing policies that technically at present bans them from serving, 15,500 troops identify as transgender. TransMilitary documents four brave men and women who risk their families’ livelihoods by coming out to the Pentagon’s top brass in the hope of attaining the equal right to serve. With a new commander-in-chief at the helm, they must traverse a series of successes and defeats, as their careers hang in the balance. Audience Award for Documentary, South by Southwest Film Festival 2018.

All attendees are invited to stay after the screening for a Q&A with Laila Villanueva, film subject and membership director at SPART*A, Maurice Garcia, MD, Director of the Transgender Surgery and Health Program at Cedars-Sinai, and Kyle Knight, LGBT Researcher for Human Rights Watch, moderated by Martine McDonald, Director of Programs at Journeys in Film. The panel reception will be followed by a reception with tacos and drinks.


Purchase Tickets Online

Tickets are unreserved and seating is first-come, first-served. Places are limited and tickets will not be sold at the door.

Student Ticket – $15                          General Ticket – $30


STF Celebrates 70 Years of the UDHR

December 10, 2018: Thanks to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and nations’ commitments to its principles, the dignity of millions has been uplifted, untold human suffering prevented and the foundations for a more just world have been laid. While its promise is yet to be fulfilled, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity. To educate about and to honor the 70th anniversary of the UDHR, members of the HRW Student Task Force hosted film screenings, art contests, photo challenges, posted visual displays around campus and filmed videos expressing why the anniversary is so significant.

Scroll to see photos of the events:

The Archer School for Girls STF members partnered with the Model UN to give away cupcakes with articles of the UDHR on flags and educated students about human rights violations around the world. Photo by Jacque Giebel
STF members at Canyon HS put up posters to highlight UDHR articles around campus and challenged their community to take photos with the rights they are most thankful for using their Snapchat geo-filter. Photo by Nancy Nazarian Medina
After setting up two tents, one focused on education and the other on games, Carson STFers asked participants trivia questions about the UDHR and human rights issues they have advocated for in the past. Winners received a piece of candy with an article of the UDHR attached. Photo by Christina Hancock
On December 14, Culver City STFers will host a screening of “Girl Rising” and discussion about the human rights issues featured in the film.
Along with calling for a “blue out” of all three campuses, the Da Vinci Schools STF chapter used their common gallery space to display the 30 articles of the UDHR and photos of youth advocacy. Photo by Rachel Andriacchi
Golden Valley STFers worked with teachers to identify winners of their UDHR art and poetry contest. Photo by Shelley Coe
The New Roads STF chapter created a video shown to all social studies classes explaining the importance of the 70th anniversary of the UDHR. (Click to watch, 2:28)
The New Roads Middle School STF Workshop honored the day by talking to their campus about how to raise their voices for human rights. Photo by Susan Turner Jones
On November 28, Palisades Charter HS STF surprised STF Teacher Advisor Angelica Pereyra with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition presented by Aurelia Friedman, a representative of Congressman Ted Lieu. Students gave a short presentation about the significance of the UDHR and thanked Ms. Pereyra for inspiring STF members for nearly 20 years. Photo by Pam Bruns
On December 7, Santa Monica STFers hosted a screening of “The Last Survivor,” a story about survivors of genocide and will host another film in the future. (Click to watch, 2:11)
Using a geo-filter at their second tent event, Sierra Canyon STFers discussed the status of human rights locally and globally by displaying photos of human rights abuses, articles of the UDHR and examples of their past advocacy efforts. Photo by Gowri Vadmal
During their weekly all school meeting, STFers at Wildwood educated their community about the UDHR. Photo by Tassie Hadlock-Piltz

Celebrating A Human Rights Educator

Congressman Lieu’s representative, Aurelia Friedman, also a Palisades Charter HS alumna, presented STF Teacher Advisor Angelica Pereyra, a Certificate of Congressional Recognition as part of a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the UDHR. Photo by Pam Bruns

November 28, 2018: Palisades Charter HS STF surprised STF Teacher Advisor Angelica Pereyra with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition presented by Aurelia Friedman, a representative of Congressman Ted Lieu. At their regular Wednesday meeting, students had also prepared an accordion business card version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to give everyone in attendance, plus, STF’s traditional blue icing cupcakes with a toothpick flag waving an article of the UDHR. Students gave a short presentation about the significance of the UDHR and thanked Ms. Pereyra for inspiring STF members for nearly 20 years. Photos of the event will circulate on social media on December 10, the official 70th anniversary of the UDHR.

Young Voters Turned Out in Historic Numbers, Early Estimates Show

According to US News, “young adults motivated by social issues and dissatisfied with the Trump administration turned out in record numbers to vote in the 2018 midterms and backed Democratic candidates by historic margins, initial analysis shows.

Thirty-one percent of voters aged 18 to 29 cast ballots in the 2018 midterm elections, shattering turnout rates from the past quarter century, according to an estimate by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University. This year’s turnout was at least 10 percent higher than for the 2014 midterms, according to the center’s estimates…” (Read full article)

This fall, HRW Student Task Force members got more than 1,200 people registered and preregistered to voteeducated their campus communities and got out the vote leading up to the November 6 midterm elections. Congratulations on so many successful events!

Scroll to see additional photos from recent events:

Students at Academy of the Canyons voted on Propositions 6, 7 and 12 during their mock election on November 2. Photo by Joelle Min
The day before the midterm elections, students at Archer School for Girls got educated on how to vote for human rights and participated in a mock election. Photo by Hannah Cremer
Culver City STF hosted 10 voter education classroom presentations. The chapter addressed myths about the voting process, shared voting resources, discussed certain candidates and ballot propositions using the human rights lens, and stressed the importance of the youth vote.
STFers at New Roads filled two tents with information about immigration and gun violence, and shared gubernatorial candidates John Cox and Gavin Newsom’s positions on each topic. Classes rotated through the tents throughout the day on November 2. Photo by Iris Erwin
Sierra Canyon members educated their campus about how to vote for human rights by displaying articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, photos of human rights violations in the United States and the positions of their candidates running for governor, federal senator and state assembly. The event was held November 2. Photo by Tessa Mouw
During their chapter meeting on November 1, Wildwood STFers decorated their school’s main hallway with Get Out the Vote posters to encourage their community to vote on November 6. Photo by Kate Thomas

Celebrating 70 Years of the UDHR!

With the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) quickly approaching, STF is sharing our Celebrating 70 Years of the UDHR Toolkit. The toolkit has materials and resources to help you prepare for your December 10 celebrations including:

“Human Rights Are Important to Me Because…” from the STF 2018 Fall Leadership Workshop. (Click to watch, 1:38)
  • UDHR education tools
  • Multimedia resources
  • Tips on how to take action
  • And much more!

Check out the Celebrating 70 Years of the UDHR Toolkit!

Speaking Out Where There Is Silence

Photos by Maya Myers

November 13, 2018: STF leaders and teachers gathered with HRW supporters to celebrate 40 years of HRW during the 2018 Voices for Justice Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Prior to the start of the dinner, Mike Bochenek, HRW Children’s Rights Division senior counsel, and Emma Daly, HRW Communications Director, discussed with STFers the importance of speaking up for human rights. Mr. Bochenek shared his experiences working with migrant children in detention centers along the U.S.-Mexico border while Ms. Daly discussed the need to stand up against “fake news.”

During the STF reception, participants were invited to learn how to utlize Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and the STF website for advocacy purposes. They also learned about upcoming HRW digital advocacy campaigns and lent their voices for the United Nations’ #StandUp4HumanRights campaign.

Later, HRW dinner guests honored Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’s Mariska Hargitay for her years of work advocating for survivors of sexual assault & domestic violence. While accepting The Promise Award, she reflected on the importance of HRW, saying, “In this world where a sense of calm and security seems to be increasingly hard to come by, I hear the name Human Rights Watch, and I think, ‘Oh thank God, someone is paying attention, someone is standing guard, someone is keeping watch. So thank you so much for your work…”

Students Vote for Human Rights at Canyon and Da Vinci

Students at Canyon High School participate in a mock election. Photo by Nancy Nazarian Medina

October 23-25, 2018: Canyon’s STF hosted a successful mock election. The STF chapter set up 15 polling booths on the outside stage for students to participate in a mock election on 10 human rights themed propositions. The propositions reflected the results of a human rights survey sent to 200 Canyon High students. Students were challenged to examine how “mock” laws would impact a variety of human rights.

Eleven classes visited the Canyon polling station and 162 students signed pledges to get out the vote on November 6 and commit to voting when they turn 18. The overall response was positive from both teachers and students. Results of the election will be shared with Canyon students through the Canyon News Network.

Meanwhile, STF members at Da Vinci Schools followed up their successful voter registration effort with advisory lesson plans that educated students on how to vote for human rights. Participants learned about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the importance of voting, how to preregister to vote in California and voted in a mock election.

Next steps at all STF chapters is to help get out the vote!

Carson, Da Vinci and Golden Valley STF Chapters Register Voters

October 19, 2018: Preparing to beat California’s voter registration deadline on Monday, October 22, STF members at Carson Senior HS, Da Vinci Schools and Golden Valley HS registered and preregistered more than 100 students during lunch time activities throughout the week. They faced down high winds in Santa Clarita Valley and made last minute adjustments to improvise. Other schools used tents, voter booths, signs, announcements, student-made videos and mock election ballots to engage their classmates and work to increase voter turnout on November 6.

Voter preregistration will continue throughout the semester to prepare for the future elections after November midterms. STF chapters are now educating their campus communities about how to vote for human rights and helping voters determine their day-of voting plans.

Scroll to see photos of the events:

Carson Senior HS STF members registered more than 60 future California voters and another 20 classmates signed the “I Will Use My Voice” pledge to get additional people registered ahead of the October 22 deadline. Photo by Kristin Ghazarians
More than 40 Da Vinci Design students registered to vote during lunch. Photo by Stephanie Osorio
Students at Golden Valley HS participated in a mock election and got registered to vote. Photo by Ricardo Piña

700 Future Voters Line Up at Mock Election at Palisades Charter HS

Photos by Patricia Williams

October 9, 2018: Starting bright and early at 8am, STF organizers welcomed the first classrooms to Mercer Auditorium to participate in voter registration and Palisades Charter HS’s first mock election for the crucial November 6 Midterms. The Palisades STF chapter joined with the school’s Leadership Class and the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office to present 40-minute sessions throughout the school day to over 700 students and teachers. (Teachers signed up their classrooms to fill the available sessions throughout the school day.)

The City Clerk’s office illustrated the impact on our lives from local elections, but lamented the ominously low voting rates of eligible voters in local elections. Only 10% of registered voters actually voted in last June’s local elections in the City of Los Angeles. Determined to dramatically raise voter participation, a major part of the day’s presentations was an opportunity to pre-register (16 and 17 year-olds) and register to vote, followed by the popular mock election which gave participants an experience in every step of voting on election day: signing in, receiving a ballot, going into actual voting booths to vote, depositing the ballot in the official ballot box and receiving the “I voted” sticker.  Pali was able to proclaim, 100% participation by the 700!

Not all Pali students were able to attend the Mock Election Day, so Pali STF will continue to register voters before the October 22 voter registration deadline.

STF Registers Voters

September 25, 2018: STFers at Archer School for Girls, Crossroads School, Culver City HS and Sierra Canyon School participated in National Voter Registration Day preregistering and registering students and faculty to vote in the November 6, 2018 midterm elections. STF chapters got more than 150 people registered to vote throughout the day!

Check out photos from STF chapters:

STF leaders at the Archer School for Girls collected over 15 voter registration forms. Photo by Abigale Lischak
Crossroads School registered and preregistered voters, while encouraging peers to vote for human rights. Photo by Brianna Shepard
Culver City HS STFers registered about 80 peers and faculty during outreach events with ASB on September 20 and 25. Photo by Erin Hamill
Sierra Canyon School hosted a bake sale, preregistered nine voters and got four people to commit to getting their friends and family members to the polls on Election Day! Photo by Tom Pollock

Vote for Human Rights!

Photos by Patricia Williams

September 15, 2018: Inspired by the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the HRW Student Task Force members are calling on their friends, families, classmates, teachers and communities to vote for human rights in the November 6 midterm election in our Vote for Human Rights Campaign.

STF officially launched its fall campaign at the 2018 STF Fall Leadership Workshop, where students and teachers were joined by representatives from the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office. Participants experienced how to register and preregister California voters and brainstormed ways to educate their communities about how to vote for candidates and policies that protect human rights, specifically the human rights of DACA recipients and students’ rights to a safe school. Students who are too young to vote in this election pledged to find eligible voters who need to register and encourage them to make their voices heard for human rights.

The more than 80 attendees also took part in a mock election, which many will repeat at their own schools. They also shared activities to promote the campaign from tents to t-shirts, to posters and pledge forms.

Watch the first half of the workshop (click to watch, 24:36) and learn more: Vote for Human Rights Toolkit!

Join Us for the LA Premiere of “Naila and the Uprising”

Purchase tickets today! (Click to watch trailer, 2:43)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 
6:00 pm | Doors open
6:30 pm | Movie, followed by Q&A
8:30 pm | Reception

Presented at the Aero Theatre 
1328 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403

When an uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in 1987, a young woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family, and freedom. Naila and the Uprising chronicles the remarkable real-life journey of Naila Ayesh, a key figure in the First Intifada, which forced the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time. Using evocative animation, intimate interviews, and exclusive archival footage, this film tells the story the mainstream media missed: of a courageous clandestine women’s movement at the head of Palestinians’ struggle for freedom, bringing out of anonymity the courageous women activists whose contributions and sacrifices changed history, but whose stories have remained untold until now.

All attendees are invited to stay after the screening for a Q & A followed by a cocktail reception with panelists.

Buy your tickets online

Tickets are unreserved and seating is first-come, first-served. Proceeds from this event will support the work of Human Rights Watch around the world.

Student tickets – $15                                General tickets – $30

We need volunteers! Contact Kristin today!


“Picture Human Rights” National Contest


The Human Rights Watch Student Task Force has teamed up with HRE USA to announce the 2018 Picture Human Rights Poster Contest. Artists from ages 5 to 21 are invited to participate. To help you get started, HRE USA has created the Picture Human Rights Resource Kit with ideas on how you can learn more about the UDHR and celebrate it in your own community.

THEME: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is turning 70! The UDHR was adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948. Its 30 articles set out the basic rights and freedoms that apply to all people. Human rights recognize the inherent value of each person, based on principles of dignity, equality, and mutual respect, which are shared across cultures, religions, and philosophies.

THE CHALLENGE: Create a poster based on the Universal Declaration to celebrate its 70th Anniversary.

ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to young people from kindergarten through college (ages 5-21)who live in the United States. Individual, class, or group entries accepted.

AGE CATEGORIES: Elementary (K-4), Middle (5-8); High (9-12), Adult (ages 18-21)

RECOGNITION: Winners will be announced on Human Rights Day, December 10. Winning posters will be featured in an online gallery on the HRE USA website and displayed at the regional and national conference of Amnesty International USA and the National Council for the Social Studies, and at human rights education workshops and seminars. First place winners will receive a $300 cash prize.

GUIDELINES: All submissions must be explicitly related to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Posters will be judged on creativity, originality, appropriateness, and relationship to the theme. Original work only – no clipart or copyrighted material. All submissions must be made electronically via the online entry form (e.g pdf, jpeg, png) and no larger than 100 megabytes. All submissions by artists under 18 must include a signed permission slip by a parent or guardian. Read full contest guidelines.

DEADLINE: October 24, 2018 (United Nations Day).

Winners will be notified in early December.

For inquiries, please email: art@hreusa.org

Poster Contest Flyer
Full Contest Overview & Guidelines
Poster Contest Resource Kit
Entry Form
Permission Slip

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