Human Rights Across the Americas – A Project for the Western Hemisphere

The program in Washington, DC included a half-day workshop on diversity and tolerance; a meeting at the Newseum on freedom of the press; and briefings at the Department of State on U.S. foreign policy in the arena of human rights. A meeting a the Washington Office on Latin America provided insights on that part of the world from Washington, DC-based experts. The remainder of the itinerary included the study of immigrant rights and the rights of defendants and prisoners in El Paso, TX; diversity, civil rights and religious tolerance in Kansas City, MO; LGBTQI rights, policing strategies and juvenile justice in Chicago, IL; and environmental justice, rights of the disabled, and the role of a public defender in Jacksonville, FL. The participants were greatly moved by their experiences in El Paso, feeling that they saw “how things really are” on the ground and because of a profound home hospitality experience they had. The Jacksonville program was a highlight because of the broad range of issues examined and out of the mainstream the countries of the participants.

Sponsors and Partners

U.S. Department of State
Global Ties Kansas City
GlobalJax
WorldChicago
El Paso Council for International Visitors

Project summary

Human Rights Across the Americas – A Project for the Western Hemisphere | June 2018
Number of Visitors: 6
Regions: Western Hemisphere
Countries: Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela
Impact Areas: Human and Civil Rights
Program Areas: Exchanges
Partners: NGOs, Private Sector, Public Sector