Counting Down to Human Rights Day

November 15 – December 5: Empowering their peers and implementing this year’s Action Plan, STFers from Animo Venice Charter HS, Canyon HS, Carlsbad HS, Los Osos HS, Palisades Charter HS, and Wildwood School hosted simulations, film screenings, trivia games and petition signing tables…

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STFers in Action: Declaring Our Human Rights

November 2-11, 2023: STFers at Sierra Canyon School, Taipei American School, and Wildwood School educated their campuses on creating safe pathways for migration to the U.S. and investigated their classmates’ foundational knowledge on human rights…

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STF Leader Spotlight: Wesley C.

To help STFers get to know each other, the STF Team is launching a new monthly spotlight. Please continue reading to meet Wesley C. from Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy….

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Animo Venice STFers Receive GirlsBuild $2,000 Grant

We are delighted to share that the STF leaders at Animo Venice Charter High School were one out of 60 groups across the U.S. awarded a grant from  GirlsBuild Project, which encourages students to use technology to lead a civic engagement project that impacts their community.

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Pali Students JoinGlobal Climate Strike Rally

September 15, 2023: Palisades Charter High School students stood up for the Earth and the environment on Friday, September 15, holding a Youth Climate Rally adjacent to the Village Green.

“We refuse not to act,” protest leader Carter Yean said to the crowd. “This situation terrifies me. It should terrify every single one of you! Because it is our future. And we are here to take it back!”…

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Building Our Action Plan: Celebrating 75 Years of Human Rights

September 9, 2023: Human Rights Watch Student Task Force (STF) leaders, teachers and guest speakers joined and kicked off this year’s Celebrating 75 Years of Human Rights Action Plan at STF’s hybrid Fall Leadership Workshop (Click to watch the workshop online).

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Save the Date: STF Fall Leadership Workshop

Please join us for STF’s 2023 Fall Leadership Workshop on Saturday, September 9 from 10:00-12:15pm PT, where we will launch our “Celebrating 75 Years of Human Rights” Action Plan…

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Demanding Accountability

As we wrap up the 2022-23 academic year, STFers from Canyon, Da Vinci, Palisades Charter and Wildwood high schools engage their classmates in advocacy and demanding decision-makers uphold basic human rights. Scroll to see photos of these year-end efforts…

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The Journey

April 12 – 26, 2023: STFers at Amino Venice Charter, Carson, Da Vinci, Hamilton, New Roads, Palisades Charter and Wayne Hills high schools hosted events that encouraged their classmates to speak up for human rights abuses in the U.S. immigration system…

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Celebrate 10 Years of HRW’s LA Film Club with The Territory

Please join us on Sunday, May 21 at 4pm for the HRW LA Film Club’s 10th anniversary with a screening and discussion of The Territory. Limited comp tickets available for STF students, teachers, and alumni. Presented at Sony Pictures Animation Studios in Culver City9050 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 Sunday, May 21, 2023, at 4pm4:00pm | Doors open5:00pm | Screening …

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A Night of Gratitude for Pam Bruns

Old and new friends gathered to celebrate Pam Bruns, the founder of the Human Rights Watch Student Task Force.

STF alumni, teachers and supporters expressed their gratitude to Pam for her commitment to young people and human rights. In a thank you video and throughout the night, guests honored Pam’s steadfast dedication to justice, equality, and empathy for others, which has had an immense ripple effect in the lives of so many generations. Attendees reflected on the wide-reaching impact the organization has made over the past 23 years and expressed excitement and anticipation for what the future holds…

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Why They Flee

March 27-28, 2023: STFers at Da Vinci Schools, Hamilton HS and Santa Monica HS hosted film screenings, table events, and interactive tent exhibitions to educate their classmates about threats to the human right to seek asylum in the US immigration system.  STFers led discussions on why people flee their homes to reach the United States and the policies that impact what …

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Joining HRW’s Fight Against Anti-Asylum Policies

Photos by Patricia Williams January 28, 2023: “If we’re one of the strongest nations in the world, we should have the resources to receive people who are fleeing persecution… But for the last three decades, the U.S. has spent billions of dollars setting up a militarized southern border that focuses on detaining and punishing people“, …

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Human Rights Front and Center

In their final weeks of the fall semester, Student Task Force members hosted a range of events and activities honoring Human Rights Day. Despite busy schedules and final exam preparations, students kept human rights front and center in their last days of school before winter break. From in-chapter conversations and quiz games to school-wide surveys …

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Students Vote For The Planet

October 27- November 9, 2022: STF chapters hosted mock elections, interactive tent events, and classroom presentations as their final get out the vote efforts leading up to the 2022 midterm elections. STFers highlighted the importance of being prepared and making informed decisions about candidates and propositions when voting. Chapter members extensively researched the issues of …

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STF Shines at HRW’s Voices for Justice Dinner

Photos by Sarah Desage, Kamelia Photography and Leela Cullity Younger October 6, 2022: Attendees at the 2022 HRW Voices For Justice Dinner enjoyed an evening with Human Rights Watch staff who investigate US democracy, children’s rights and LGBTQ rights. To kick off the event, in a private meet and greet with HRW researchers Hye Jung Han and Amanda …

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Challenging Caruso at Rally

September 23, 2022: Late last Friday afternoon, as the STF Global Climate Strike demonstration was ending on Sunset Boulevard in Pacific Palisades, one student shouted, “There’s Rick Caruso!” The Los Angeles Mayoral candidate (versus Karen Bass) was across the street, walking his dog while touring his mall, Palisades Village. Several STFers from Palisades Charter High School waited for a green light, then ran across Sunset and talked Caruso into visiting their rally…

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Registering for the Planet

STFers across Southern California hosted events and rallies in honor of National Voter Registration Day and the 2022 Global Climate Strike. They urged classmates and community members to consider the future of the planet at the polls this November and joined in solidarity with thousands of young people worldwide who strive to keep the climate crisis front of mind for those in power…

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Let’s Get Started!

It’s time to hit the ground running on our Fall 2022 Vote for the Planet Campaign! Be sure to explore the resources and information available in our new toolkit to help you get started. It’s up to us to demand climate change is addressed and encourage our communities to vote for the planet this fall…

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Disrupting the System

September 10, 2022: “The most critical thing youth can do right now is to combat greenwashing. Call out BS where you see it. Educate yourself so when the time comes for you to advocate on this issue, you can knock these people flat down,” said Sim Bilal, 20-year-old climate activist from South LA, to participants at STF’s 2022 Fall Leadership Workshop…

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