Defending the Defenders

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Wed May 28, 2014 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
United States

The Defending the Defenders webinar was held on May 28.   

Human rights defenders are people like you – people who stand up for the right of others in the face of risk. In the U.S., human rights defenders face specific threats that impact their collective ability to work and seek justice. The Dream Defenders, Maryland Legal Aid, the US Human Rights Network (USHRN), the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), and the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) offered this webinar for activists and defenders to:

  • Learn more about the work of U.S. human rights defenders and the special protections they have under international law;
  • Hear from fellow human rights defenders about how they have successfully used these international protections and other forms of international advocacy to protect themselves and their ability to work; and
  • Sign up to join other human rights defenders to form a USHRN member-initiated and driven action team to protect yourself and your ability to work.

Many participants expressed how timely the work is, and that there are many reasons for individuals and groups to coordinate together around this issue.  To learn more about the Human Rights Defenders initiative go to the Defending the Defenders website.

And if you are interested to join other activists and defenders to establish a working group on this issue contact Karla Torres, with CCR, at: to sign up and joint this effort.

The Powerpoint Presentation presented during the webinar is attached below. 


Ejim Dike, Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network
Sunita Patel, Staff Attorney at Center for Constitutional Rights
Karla Torres, Human Rights Fellow at Center for Reproductive Rights
Ahmad Abuznaid, Legal and Policy Director at Dream Defenders
Reena Shah, Director of Human Rights Project at Maryland Legal Aid

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human rights defenders