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Meeting With Congress

STFers speak with Congressman Ted Lieu and deliver over 1,000 petition signatures demanding Congress to protect asylum seekers. Photo by Anushka Malhotra May 28, 2024: STFers from Animo Venice, New Roads, Santa Monica and Wildwood High Schools met with Congressman Ted Lieu to deliver over 1,000 petition signatures demanding Congress protects the right to seek …

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STFers in Action: Season Finale

As the academic year is ending, STFers wrap up busy season engaging their peers in this year’s Celebrating 75 Years of Human Rights Action Plan. Continue reading to see what STFers are doing to educate their campuses. STFers survey their peers to understand how much the campus community knows and cares about human rights. Photo by Gabbi McArtor Declaring …

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STF Leader Spotlight:Maya W.

18 California children argued in U.S. District Court that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discounts the value of children’s lives and the safety harms they’re already suffering will get worse as the climate continues to warm. STF leader, Maya W., is one of the 18 plaintiffs asking for the Court’s help in stopping EPA from …

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Sharing Our Brilliance

Photos by Anushka Malhotra and Gabbi McArtor April 30, 2024: Attendees at the 2024 HRW Voices for Justice Dinner are motivated to stand for human rights after hearing from HRW’s Executive Director Tirana Hassan; Director of Middle East and North Africa Lama Fakih; Managing Director of Digital Investigations Lab Sam Dubberley; Director of US Program Tanya Greene and a musical performance …

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Calling on Congress

April 25, 2024: Carlsbad STFers became the first chapter to speak with their Congressional representative to discuss plans to protect asylum seekers. Carlsbad is in San Diego County, which is now the top border region for migrant arrivals…

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Spring Into Action

April 15 – April 19, 2024: It’s busy season for STFers as they spring into action! STFers at Alain Leroy Locke, Canyon, Carlsbad, Carson, Da Vinci and Palisades Charter High Schools hosted lunch walkabouts, school-wide lessons, simulations, trivia games and tent events to spread knowledge about this year’s Celebrating 75 Years of Human Rights Action Plan…

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STF Leader Spotlight: Jonmathew C.

Please meet Jonmathew C., STF leader at Animo Venice Charter High School. Continue reading to learn about Jonmathew’s goals for the chapter as they continue engaging in this year’s Action Plan…

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Justice in the Classroom

As the end of the year approaches, STFers are hosting their final on campus events for the Celebrating 75 Years of Human Rights Action Plan.

Keep an eye out for more upcoming events…

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As Earth Sizzles, Climate Ed Simmers

In 2021, the Human Rights Watch Student Task Force at Palisades Charter High School successfully urged the school’s Board of Directors to adopt their resolution to incorporate climate curriculum in all courses…

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STF Leader Spotlight: Zanea A.

Please meet Zanea A., STF leader at Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India. After learning about STF from a friend in Los Angeles, Aga Khan Academy became the first international STF chapter, and first in India. Continue reading to see how Zanea and the Aga Khan Chapter have engaged in this year’s Action Plan from across the world…

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STF Classroom Takeovers

February 29-March 14, 2024: Taking advantage of the fact that students spend most of their time in class, STFers at Carson, Francis W. Parker and Santa Monica High Schools hosted in-class presentations, film screenings and simulations as a way to educate their campus communities about this year’s Action Plan…

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What Do Human Rights Organizations Have To Do With Climate?

A group of STF leaders met with HRW’s Richard Pearshouse, Director of Environment and Human Rights, for a special meet and greet. When answering the question, “what do human rights organizations have to do with climate?”, Richard explained there is a lot of overlap between environmental issues and human rights issues, highlighting the role young people play in combating the global climate crisis….

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STF Leader Spotlight: Varun V.

Please meet Varun V., STF leader at Carlsbad High School. Continue reading to see how Varun seized an opportunity to speak with Congressman Mike Levin and learn about the chapter’s future plans for the Human Rights on the Southern Border Action Plan…

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Engaging Our Communities

February 12-22, 2024: Kicking off the new year with a bang, STFers at Alain Leroy Locke College Preparatory Academy, Animo Venice Charter HS, Carson HS, Cypress College, Hamilton HS, and New Roads School hosted film screenings, club fairs, and table events to engage their campus communities in our Celebrating 75 Years of Human Rights Action Plan…

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Making Real World Change

February 3, 2024: “There are no walls between the things you’re personally passionate about, you’re professionally interested in and you’re academically interested in. You can use the knowledge you learn in the classroom to make real world change… That’s the cool thing about things like Student Task Force, you all are making real world change, but you’re also doing it in this academic setting… And that’s what I hope you all take away from your experience with this, is that you can make change now, today, tomorrow if you put your mind to it,” Amanda Alampi, HRW Director of Campaigns and Public Engagement, said to inspire the 67 participants at STF’s Winter Leadership Workshop….

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STF Leader Spotlight: Dani R.

Meet Dani R., STF leader at Canyon High School and one of 18 young activists participating in the youth-led Genesis B. v. Environmental Protection Agency Lawsuit, a California lawsuit accusing the EPA of failing to protect young people by allowing the release of dangerous levels of greenhouse gases…

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Save the Date: Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024 Winter Leadership Workshop

Please join us for STF’s 2024 Winter Leadership Workshop on Saturday, January 27 from 10:00-12:15pm PT.

You can attend in person at our Los Angeles office OR virtually via Zoom. In person space is limited, so please RSVP today with your preferred method of participation. Regardless of how you join, you will actively contribute to discussions and engage with other STFers at the workshop…

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STF Leaders Spotlight: Clementine C.

Please meet Clementine C., STF leader at Palisades Charter High School and the 2023 recipient of HRE USA’s Youth in Action Award…

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Sierra Canyon STF’s Schoolwide Teach-In

December 15, 2023: In collaboration with all 58 advisory classes, STFers at Sierra Canyon School round off Human Rights Day celebrations by hosting a teach-in to educate their campus community about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Audiences watched an informative video introducing them to human rights and competed in a poster making contest. Each advisory class was assigned an article of the UDHR and had to make a poster explaining the article. Most participants put in a lot of effort and made it a real competition. The winning advisories won donuts! 

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STFers Celebrate Human Rights Day

December 5 – December 13: STFers continue celebrations for Human Rights Day with another week filled with events hosted at Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad, Centennial HS, Corona Del Mar HS, Cypress Community College, Da Vinci Schools, Francis W. Parker School, Harvard Westlake School, Santa Monica HS and Van Nuys HS…

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