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International Human Rights

September 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm CDT

2:00PM – 5:45PM


The international human rights framework provides people working in the United States an opportunity to develop new strategies for advocating social justice issues. Unlike those protected in the U.S. Constitution, human rights treaties protect economic, social, and cultural rights.  Contrasting with the U.S. Constitution, human rights treaties also measure compliance based on whether the outcomes (and not just the intent) of government policies protects human rights. This session will prepare participants to understand the basic human rights system.  The presenter will discuss the consultation process that led to the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the main human rights treaties.  How human rights are enforced internationally and how they can be used in U.S. advocacy for social justice will also be examined.  Participants will engage in an activity to develop an advocacy strategy for a social justice issue.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Nancy J. Bothne received her PhD in Community Psychology at DePaul University in 2012.  Dr. Bothne worked for Amnesty International USA as Midwest Regional Director until 2005 when she began her graduate school education.  She has engaged in human rights policy and advocacy at local, state, national, and international levels.  Dr. Bothne has used the international human rights framework to advocate for abolition of torture in Chicago and internationally, to abolish the death penalty in the United States, and to support the right to housing for low income public housing residents in Chicago who were displaced by the Plan for Transformation.  Dr. Bothne facilitated the development of a Chicago shadow report documenting patterns of racial discrimination that was used to support a campaign to pressure Chicago government leaders to respond to international human rights standards.  Over 20 grassroots organizations were part of this effort.  Dr. Bothne is currently an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago campus.


September 26, 2017
2:00 pm - 5:45 pm