September 12, 2014
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Our annual Voices for Justice Dinner will be held Nov. 5 at the Radisson Blu Aqua (221 N. Columbus Ave.). Join us as we celebrate 10 years strong in Chicago and honor the work of the late Alison Des Forges. For more information, including how to purchase tables and tickets, please visit bidpal.net/voicesforjustice2014.
On the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Human Rights Watch’s Chicago Committee stands in solidarity with the victims and with those who survived.

The 2014 Annual Voices for Justice Dinner will honor the work of the late Alison Des Forges, one of the world’s foremost experts on Rwanda, who dedicated her life to the struggle for human rights in Rwanda.

December 5, 2013
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To celebrate the beginning of our 10th year in Chicago and the recent passage of the marriage equality bill in Illinois, the Human Rights Watch Chicago Committee will host a screening of "The New Black" on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6 PM at the Harold Washington Library. The film, a documentary by Yoruba Richen, explores how the African-American community is grappling with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in light of the marriage equality movement and the fight over civil rights.

A panel discussion and Q&A featuring director Yoruba Richen and noted activist Maxim Thorne will take place following the screening.

December 5, 2014
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On Wednesday, November 5th, HRW's Chicago Committee hosted the 2014 Voices for Justice Dinner, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the committee. More than 500 guests attended the event, which also honored the work of the late Alison Des Forges, who helped inspire the formation of the Chicago Committee in 2004. Founding members of our Chicago office were present, along with many of those who have joined us in the way to reaching this milestone. Keynote speakers included HRW's Executive Director Ken Roth, who shared his own experiences traveling with Alison, and HRW Africa Researcher Lewis Mudge, who continues in Alison’s footsteps not only in Rwanda, but also in Central African Republic.
April 29, 2014
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The Human Rights Watch Chicago Film Festival will be held Tuesdays, May 13 through June 10 at the Gene Siskel Film Center and features five incredible films and panel discussions about current human rights issues. For film synopses, panel lineup and ticket information, visit http://ff.hrw.org/chicago.

March 11, 2014
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Last month, we welcomed Anya Neistat and Ole Solvang to Chicago for a special Emergencies Missions and Crisis Reporting Researcher Seminar. Over four hours, Chicago Committee members and friends learned how to apply HRW's mandate to current events, designed their own research projects, and participated in an interactive scenario of what a day in the life of a researcher looks like.
January 23, 2014
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Last week, the Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments on whether Adolfo Davis – who was sentenced to life in prison for a crime he committed at 14 years old – should be eligible for parole. While SCOTUS affirmed in 2012 that sentencing youth to mandatory life-without-parole is unconstitutional as a "cruel and unusual punishment," states are split as to whether the SCOTUS ruling should apply to those sentenced before the 2012 ruling, not just future cases. HRW Chicago Director, Jobi Cates, believes the Illinois Supreme Court will agree with the lower courts in favor of resentencing juvenile offenders currently behind bars. “If something is wrong on Tuesday, it's wrong on Wednesday,” said Cates. Sentencing juveniles to life-without-parole violates international human rights law. The United States is the only nation in the world that sends those who are under 18 to die behind bars.
November 13, 2013
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The Chicago and Midwest division of Human Rights Watch has local events throughout the year: film screenings, seminars, lunches with HRW researchers, advocacy campaigns and more. We also fight for human rights here, in the Midwest, where juveniles are currently serving life without parole in adult prisons – a sentence that violates both the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. Join our newsletter to learn more about the Chicago and Midwest division of Human Rights Watch and how you can get involved, or connect with us on the Human Rights Watch-Chicago Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HRWchicago).
November 13, 2013
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Last week, the Chicago Committee proudly presented Libyan activist Hassan al-Amin with Human Rights Watch’s highest honor, the Alison Des Forges Award, at the Voices for Justice Dinner. The Voices for Justice Dinners – which take place in 21 cities throughout the world – celebrate activists who risk their lives to protect the rights and dignity of others. This year, Chicago kicked off the 2013/14 dinner season with an impressive 600 guests in attendance. Honoree al-Amin spoke openly to the crowd of his experiences fighting for reform, including his 27 years in exile, his parliamentary position after the fall of Gaddafi and his hopes for the future. The Dinner raised over $1 million – a new record for the Chicago Committee – all of which will support Human Rights Watch in its mission to investigate atrocities and defend individuals in 90 countries throughout the world.
October 25, 2013
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