Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights: "Maternal Health and Human Rights: National and Global Perspectives"

March 29, 2012 —


Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights: "Maternal Health and Human Rights: National and Global Perspectives "


Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor
120 F Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001 


9:30 - 9:45 a.m.

9:45 - 10:05 a.m.
Viewing Maternal Health within a Human Rights Framework
Cristina Finch, Policy and Advocacy Director, Women's Human Rights, Amnesty International USA

10:05 - 10:15 a.m.
Protecting and Promoting Maternal Health in Washington, D.C.
Cynthia Flynn, General Director, Family Health and Birth Center

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Maternal Health at Home and Abroad: Barriers to Care
Sarah Craven, Chief, Washington Office, United Nations Population Fund
Deborah Bingham, Vice President of Research, Education and Publication, Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses
Susannah Sirkin, Deputy Director, Physicians for Human Rights
Ann M. Starrs, President, Family Care International
Sneha Barot, Senior Public Policy Associate, Guttmacher Institute (Moderator)

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Promoting Maternal Health through Law and Policy: Opportunities and Challenges

Brent Ewig, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
Betsy McCallon, Deputy Director, Global Secretariat, The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood
Deborah Reid, Senior Attorney, National Health Law Program
Aram Schvey, Policy Counsel for Foreign Policy and Human Rights, Center for Reproductive Rights
Rosa Celorio, Human Rights Specialist, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States
Susan Deller Ross, Professor, Director and Founder of the International Women's Human Rights Clinic, Georgetown University Law Center (Moderator)

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Luncheon and Keynote Speaker
Mary Ellen Stanton, Senior Maternal Health Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development


This is the seventh annual Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights. It is sponsored by the Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute and O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, in partnership with Amnesty International USA and Center for Reproductive Rights. 

The annual Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights was established by Samuel Dash’s family and friends, Georgetown Law alumni and the law firm of Cozen O’Connor to honor Dash’s contributions to international human rights and domestic civil rights. 

Dash, who joined the Georgetown Law faculty in 1965, and was on the board of the International League of Human Rights, traversed the globe in pursuit of justice. He led a human rights mission to Northern Ireland to investigate the 1972 "Bloody Sunday" incident, and traveled to the Soviet Union and Chile. In 1985, he was the first American to visit Nelson Mandela in prison and became involved in mediation efforts that eventually led to Mandela's release. 

Dash also served as chief counsel of the Senate Watergate Committee’s investigation into the Nixon administration’s involvement in the Democratic National Committee break-in, which ultimately led to President Nixon’s resignation. 

Dash died in 2004.

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