A growing segment of advocates and activists are turning to human rights to secure social, political, and economic objectives that they have sought for decades. Human rights help ensure more participatory and sustainable solutions to social justice issues, provide common standards against which to measure the shortcomings of domestic policies, reframe social justice issues as human rights violations, expand the circle of allies to the larger global human rights community, and enhance accountability beyond the U.S. justice or political systems.

Course Description:
The Discover Human Rights training series by The Advocates for Human Rights provides concrete steps for how organizations and individuals can use the standards, principles, and methods of human rights to combat entrenched poverty, discrimination, and injustice in their community. Participants will analyze situations from their own experiences and evaluate how applying a human rights framework would change their approach to solving problems. Using tools such as organizational assessments, case studies, and implementation models, participants will create an action plan for incorporating human rights in their work.

The training series consists of 2 full-day workshops (9am - 4pm) held over consecutive Fridays: May 5th and May 12th. Participants must attend both sessions.

  Day 1: Friday, May 5th 9am - 4pm                                              

International Human Rights
This session is a primer on human rights and the international human rights system and explores the connection between human rights and social justice work in the United States.

Strategies of a Human Rights Approach
This session sets out the main elements of a human rights approach. Four key strategies are explained in detail, as well as how these strategies affect social justice work.

   Day 2: Friday, May 12th 9am - 4pm                                             

Applying a Human Rights Approach
This session introduces a practical, step-by-step method for  implementing the human rights strategies explained in Day 1.  The session culminates in the creation of a concrete action plan for each participant.

For further information and questions, please contact Emily Farell at or call 612-746-4690.



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