Human Rights Challenges Facing the Biden Administration

Tuesday March 9, 2021
3:00 – 4:30pm

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A military coup in Myanmar. Genocide against the Uyghurs in China. Humanitarian emergencies in Yemen and impending disaster in Ethiopia. A refugee crisis at our southern border. And a reckoning with systemic racism here at home. These are just a few of the myriad human rights challenges facing the new administration.  President Biden has pledged to put human rights at the center of U.S. foreign policy and has recognized the connection between upholding human rights at home and advancing them abroad. What does this mean for U.S. human rights policy today?

Join Elisa Massimino, Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Chair in Human Rights, and Lisa Peterson, Acting Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State, in a conversation about what’s next for human rights in the Biden Administration.

Moderated by Melissa Stewart, Dash-Muse Teaching Fellow & Adjunct Professor of Law.

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