Law Center Hosts Student Showcase on Human Rights

November 22, 2013 — “You’re educating the next generation of human rights advocates. The kids here today are the next Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks,” said Chief Administrative Law Judge David Simmons at an event showcasing an exhibition of multimedia projects about the D.C. Human Rights Act created by D.C. high school students.

 The "Know Your Rights" event, held here on November 20, was co-sponsored by Georgetown Law’s D.C. Street Law Clinic and the D.C. Commission on Human Rights. During the month of October, law students from the clinic conducted a series of classes on human rights for students from 14 public high schools culminating in the creation of posters, essays, poetry, drawings and music.

One student, Donnel, said his favorite part of the month-long course was discussing different human rights with his peers. He didn’t know that the D.C. Human Rights Act existed until this course began. Street Law strives to empower D.C. youth and inspire them to contribute positively to society. 

 “No one should stop you from having your rights in this city … Street Law was the best thing that ever happened to me. It gave me a sense of the power I had to help folks,” said D.C. Office of Human Rights Acting Director Monica Palacio (L’93), who worked in the Street Law Clinic when she was a student here.

As the event wrapped up, Charisma Howell, deputy director of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, recognized all the participants and awarded a winner from each of the 14 schools.