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World Refugee Day, June 20, 2011

June 20, World Refugee Day – Imagine being forced to leave your home and rebuild your life in a new country, in a new language and a new culture.  A refugee has done just that.  By definition, a refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. In order to ... Read More »

Human Rights & International Affairs Participates in UN-Hosted Hearing

On April 8, 2011, the United Nations was host to an informal interactive civil society hearing, bringing together over 400 civil society advocates with UN Member States, to address progress toward reaching universal access to HIV treatment, prevention, care, and support.   Members of the Civil Society Meeting (CSM) called for a renewed and urgent commitment from Member States to reach ... Read More »

Human Rights Day – December 10, 2009

Embrace diversity. End discrimination. Background On December 10 the world celebrates Human Rights Day.  Every year, Human Rights Day marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. This year the theme is focused on non-discrimination. The Role of Social Workers Social work is fundamentally a human rights profession.  ... Read More »

US Signing of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen G. Sebelius US Signing of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Today, the United States joins 141other nations who have signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The signing of the UN Convention sends an important message that this country is committed to equal ... Read More »