Human Rights Program Events

Learn about upcoming and previous Miami Law Human Rights Program events.

Upcoming Events

Food, Housing, and Racial Justice Symposium - Thursday, November 10 & Friday, November 11, 2022

Prior Events

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  • 2022

    Human Rights Clinic Showcase

    Please join us for a presentation by Human Rights Clinic students
    about their work from this past year.

    Topics include:
    The Right to Food in the U.S.

    Homelessness and the Right to Housing in the U.S.

    Maternal Health in South Florida

    Healthcare Privatization and the COVID-19 Response

    Police Accountability in Immokalee, Florida

    Legal Protections and LGBTI Rights in the Americas

    Thursday, April 14, 2022
    11:00 – 12:45 EDT
    This session will be presented via Zoom.

    Register here

    April 21-22, 2022
    University of Miami, Lakeside Village Pavilion
    1280 Stanford Drive
    Coral Gables, Florida 33146

    Register Now

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    Screening and Virtual Panel

    Date & Time: Wednesday, February 16, 6:00pm – 7:15pm EST

    Please join us for a panel discussion on the film, Nothing Without Us: The

    Women Who Will Ends AIDS, the first and only documentary telling the story

    of the inspiring women at the forefront of the global AIDS movement.

    Click here for trailer.

    Click flyer for more information. Click here to read the panel discussion report.

  • 2021

    UN Human Rights Day 2021

    Date & Time: Monday, December 13th, 7pm-8pm EST

    Join us on December 13 for a discussion on the intersection of law and medicine

    on the human rights of immigrants and refugees around the world to mark the

    UN's Human Rights Day!

    See flyer for more information

    Human Rights Clinic Showcase

    Date & Time: Tuesday, April 20th, 10:10am – 11:50am EST

    Please join us for a presentation by Human Rights Clinic students
    about their work from this past year.

    See flyer for more information

    A Symposium on International Law and COVID-19: Impacts on Human Rights and Public Health

    Dates: Monday, April 12: 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. ET &
    Friday, April 16, 2021: 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. ET

    See flyer & visit the webpage for additional information

    Native Women Creating Visibility: Storytelling, Advocacy, and Art

    A conversation with Mary Kathryn Nagle

    Date: March 11, 2021 at 7:00pm

    See flyer for more information.

    Home Truth Film Screening

    Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
    Time: 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM, ZOOM

    Join us for a free screening of Home Truth, an award winning documentary film detailing a domestic violence survivor’s groundbreaking quest for justice that reached the U.S. Supreme Court and an international human rights tribunal.

    Click HERE for event flyer

    9th Annual Henkin Lecture on Human Rights
    “Human Rights and Democracy in a New Era”

    Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021

    Time: 12:30pm-1:50pm EST

    via Zoom


    Juan E Méndez
    Professor of Human Rights Law in Residence, Washington College of Law

    The inauguration of a new administration – but more significantly the dramatic events that preceded it – gives rise to new opportunities to promote and protect human rights and democracy as a central element of United States foreign policy. This lecture will explore how the US can (re)establish its credibility on the global stage, and serve as a force for progressive change and a champion of justice, fairness, inclusion, and equality.

    Click HERE for flyer

    What Can We Learn from the Experiences of Asylum Seekers? A Digital screening and Q&A for Law Students and Immigration advocates

    Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

    Time: 10am PT/ 1pm ET ( 1 hour event)


    Jayashri Srikantiah, Director, Stanford Law School Immigrants' Rights Clinic
    @JSJayashri @stanfordlaw


    -Alexandra Condina, FIlmmaker, Paper Children

    - Tom Shepard, Filmmaker, Unsettled

    - Rachel Kafele, Legal Director, Oasis Legal Services

    - Kusia Hreshchyshyn, Pro Bono Attorney Supervisor, Oasis Legal Services Handle: @oasislegalservices

    - Gracia Cuzzi, Esq. Senior Staff Attorney, Catholic Legal Services Handle: @CCLSMiami

    - Juliann Bildhauer, Senior Director for Legal Training and Technical Assistance, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

    Click HERE for flyer

  • 2020


    November 13, 2020

    A new documentary investigating why we can't afford to live in our cities anymore and highlighting the importance of housing as a human right.

    Followed by a virtual panel discussion moderated by:
    Eric Tars, Litigation Director of the National Homelessness Law Center, featuring:
    Trenise Bryant - Miami Workers Center
    Leilani Farha - Former UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing; Global Director, The SHIFT
    Jeffrey Hearne - Director of Litigation, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.; Director, Tenants’ Rights Clinic, University of Miami School of Law
    Adrian Madriz - Executive Director, SMASH (Struggle for Miami’s Affordable & Sustainable Housing)
    Rob Robinson - Staff Volunteer, Partners for Dignity and Rights
    Click HERE for trailer

    Human Rights Career Panel

    October 20, 2020

    Join the Human Rights Society and the Human Rights Clinic for a panel on careers in human rights law. Practitioners will discuss their career trajectories and advice for students interested in pursuing human rights law. Caroline LaPorte, JD ’14, Seminole Tribe of Florida Tribal Court, Meena Jagannath, Movement Law Lab, and Samantha Knights, Miami Law Adjunct Faculty.

    HUMAN RIGHTS AND TECH COMPANIES: Rights and Responsibilites in the Digital Age

    September 29, 2020

    In the midst of conversations in the digital age surrounding fake news and social media addiction, join the Human Rights Society for a lecture with Professor Marcia Narine Weldon on human rights and tech companies.

    Human Rights & Tech Companies: Rights & Responsibilities in the Digital Age

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    Documentary Screening: Militia Man

    February 27, 2020

    Militia Man
    The International Criminal Court spent millions on his trial but arguably shed little light on the war crimes of Congolese militia man Germain Katanga, or properly compensated his victims.

    “A New Kind of “War on Poverty” – The Trump Administration’s Policies Toward Vulnerable Immigrants”

    February 18, 2020

    Defending the Human Rights of Migrants Lecture Series Presents

    “A New Kind of “War on Poverty” – The Trump Administration’s Policies Toward Vulnerable Immigrants”

    Home Truth - Film Screening & Discussion

    February 6, 2020

    Home Truth

    Home Truth, an award-winning documentary film detailing a domestic violence survivor’s groundbreaking quest for justice that reached the U.S. Supreme Court and an international human rights tribunal. Stay afterwards for a discussion about the Miami Law Human Rights Clinic’s ongoing representation of Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales) in this landmark case.

    Careers in Crimmigration

    January 22, 2020

    Defending the Human Rights of Migrants Lecture Series Presents

    Careers in Crimmigration

  • 2019

    Family Separation and Immigration Detention in the US

    November 7, 2019

    Defending the Human Rights of Migrants Lecture Series Presents

    Family Separation and Immigration Detention in the US

    Panelists will discuss current immigration policies, their traumatic effects on families and children, and strategies to address them.

    Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights

    October 15, 2019

    8th Annual Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights - 
    "Race, Gender, and Nation in an Age of Shifting Borders"

    Catherine Powell, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

    Petty Offenses Symposium

    September 20 - 21, 2019

    Challenging Criminalization of Poverty,
    Marginalization, and Gender Non-Conformity

    Visit the webpage for additional information

    Defending the Human Rights of Migrants Lecture Series Presents: SB 168: Florida’s New Anti-Immigrant Law

    September 16, 2019

    A panel discussion about SB 168: Florida’s New Anti-Immigrant Law

    Click here for additional information

    What the Constitution Means to Me

    June 20, 2019

    The Human Rights Clinic, the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP sponsored a special performance of the Broadway hit,

    What the Constitution Means to Me

    Dedicated to Jessica Lenahan,

    Plaintiff in Town of Castle Rock v. Jessica Gonzales and Petitioner in Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States of America.

    Jessica’s case was featured in the play.

    Playwright/Actor Heidi Schreck dedicated her June 20th show to honor Jessica Lenahan and to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the deaths of Jessica’s beautiful daughters, Rebecca, Katheryn, and Leslie Gonzales.

    Living at Risk: Transgendered Women, HIV, and Human Rights in South Florida

    March 21, 2019

    A panel with Megan McLemore, Human Rights Watch and Rajee Narinesingh , Trans Activist and actressthat discussed the Human Rights Watch Report: Living at Risk: Transgender Women, HIV, and Human Rights in South Florida which details how state and federal policies affect trans women’s access to HIV treatment and other healthcare in South Florida.

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    Diversity in Law

    March 20, 2019

    A panel with visiting professor Joe Tringali as moderator, and distinguished members of the legal community including Honorable U.S. District Court Judge Darrin P. GaylesAssistant U.S. Attorney Tim AbrahamAna Romes, JD ’12, Nancy Abudu, Esq. , and Grace Mead, Esq. discussing their own experiences regarding challenges facing adversity and how to embrace intersectionality and overcoming adversity on their path to success. This was followed by a networking event with lawyers, community members, and students. This event was co-sponsored by over 43 organizations including Ackerman, the ACLU, Carina Mask, Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association, and International Moot Court Program.

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    Documentary Screening: Free Men

    March 6, 2019

    A screening of Free Men, a documentary featuring the trials and tribulations of Kenneth Reams whom at age 18 was convicted for capital murder without firing a bullet, becoming the youngest inmate on Arkansas death row. Trapped in solitary confinement for 25 years, Reams transcended past his prison walls through painting and poetry.

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    Documentary Screening: Militia Man

    February 18, 2019

    A Screening of Militia Man, a documentary focusing on the trial held by the International Criminal Court, “ICC,” for Germain Katanga and his war crimes. The screening was shortly followed by director Lisa Clifford, a British journalist and filmmaker who has reported on the ICC for years.

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    Are You Interested in a Career in Human Rights?

    February 7, 2019

    A panel discussion with distinguished faculty and practitioners including Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, a Director and Professor of Clinical Education, Tamar Ezer, an Associate Director and Lecturer in Law, Denisse Cordova Montes, a Practitioner-in-Residence and Lecturer in Law, Samantha Knights QC, a barrister at Matrix, UK and Adjunct Professor, Oscar Londoño, a Skadden Fellow at Community Justice Project, and Charlotte Cassel, a Deputy Director at Lotus House Women’s Shelter, about their pathways and work in human rights law.

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  • 2018

    Home Truth - Public Film Screening

    October 11, 2018

    The clinic hosted a free film screening at UM’s Cosford Cinema of Home Truth, a documentary film about our Miami Law Human Rights Clinic client, domestic violence survivor/activist and litigant, Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales). Home Truth details Jessica’s extraordinary quest for justice that reached the U.S. Supreme Court and an international human right tribunal.

    Read the Home Truth Program

    Watch the livestream of Home Truth

    COURAGE in Policing Roundtable at UM

    October 11, 2018

    Community Roundtable on Enhancing the Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

    Former Vice President Joe Biden visits the University of Miami – It’s On Us Campaign Rally 2018

    March 20, 2018

    Biden Calls for a Change in Culture. Former Vice-President Joe Biden and Caroline Bettinger-López, Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Human Rights Clinic spoke to about the importance of speaking up against campus sexual assault.

    Post-Biden event Roundtable on Campus Sexual Assault

    March 20, 2018

    Roundtable on Campus Sexual Assault with the Biden Foundation’s Violence Against Women Advisor, Lynn Rosenthal

  • 2011

    Gender Justice Convening

    February 23-25, 2011

    The clinic worked to organize the first Gender Justice of the Americas Conference in February 2011. The event focused on revitalizing and challenging the transnational dialogue regarding sexuality, violence, reproductive and human rights. This event brought together 150 advocates from 20 countries in the Americas.

    Read the report

The Louis Henkin Lecture Series on Human Rights

Louis Henkin, the prominent law professor at Columbia University School of Law, was one of the founders of the academic study of human rights and inspired a whole generation of human rights lawyers, scholars, and activists, including some of Miami Law's professors. Miami Law created a lecture series by illustrious speakers in his memory. See all past lectures speakers.

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