Human Rights Watch Annual Dinner in Santa Barbara

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, Santa Barbara

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January 30, 2014
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On Friday, January 24, 150 guests attended the screening and panel discussion of Bidder 70 at the New Vic Theater in Santa Barbara. The film follows the incredible story of Tim DeChristopher, whose act of civil disobedience is an inspiring one! Victoria Riskin, past president of the Writer’s Guild of America West, moderated the panel discussion following the screening. Panelists included co-producing/co-directing team Beth and George Gage, and Joe Amon, Director of HRW’s Health and Human Rights Division.
November 14, 2013
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On Sunday, November 10, 2013, 370 guests gathered at Fess Parker's Doubletree in Santa Barbara to celebrate the work of two courageous human rights activists--Alina Diaz from the U.S. and Natalia Taubina from Russia. Vicki Riskin, co-chair of the HRW Santa Barbara Committee welcomed the audience, and introduced Joel Motley, new co-chair of the HRW International Board. Throughout the night, guests also heard from Cheryl Justice and Susan Rose, co-chairs of the HRW Santa Barbara Committee, as well as Ole Solvang, HRW senior researcher and security advisor, who had recently returned from a trip to Syria. Alina Diaz and Natalia Taubina received standing ovations as they were presented with The Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism. The event raised over $450,000 for Human Rights Watch. We are grateful to all of the individuals and business whose generosity and support made the event a resounding success!
September 23, 2013
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On September 16, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB260 into law, which will enable youth who were transferred to and sentenced in adult court to have their sentence reviewed after serving ten years. The passage of this bill represents the strongest transformation in California’s harsh sentencing laws to date, and will impact more than 5,000 people who have been incarcerated since they were teens. Human Rights Watch is grateful to all of the supporters who have been instrumental at every step along the way, by attending meetings with legislators, making calls, and writing letters.
July 12, 2013
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After several months of research, an article by Santa Barbara Committee Co-Chair Susan Rose on the backlog of untested rape kits has been published. It appeared in the online version of The Santa Barbara Independent on Thursday, July 11. The article, titled "To Catch a Rapist," provides an update on the backlog of untested rape kits in Los Angeles and innovative procedures developed in Santa Barbara to test all kits.
November 16, 2012
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On Sunday, November 11, 2012, 350 supporters gathered for the Voices for Justice Dinner at the Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara to celebrate the courageous work of the 2012 HRW Defender from the Congo, Abbé Benoît Kinalegu. There were also powerful remarks by HRW Executive Director Ken Roth and HRW Children's Rights Senior Advocate Elizabeth Calvin, as well as a moving performance by Santa Barbara High School Madrigal Chorus. This year's Dinner in Santa Barbara raised over $400,000 to support the work of Human Rights Watch.

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June 14, 2012
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In March, 70 people attended "Holding Human Rights Abusers to Account," a discussion with Richard Dicker, Director of HRW's International Justice Program, at Antioch University. Richard discussed accomplishments in Cote D’Ivoire and Kenya, the challenges currently facing accountability in the Middle East, and the International Criminal Court. The dicussion was moderated by Richard Appelbaum, Santa Barbara Committee Member and MacArthur Chair in Sociology and Global & International Studies at UCSB.
June 14, 2012
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Peter Bouckaert visited the University of California, Santa Barbara in late April to receive UCSB's Distinguished Alumni Award. Peter also served as a guest lecturer the following day for a two-hour "Master Class" with students in the Master of Arts in Global & International Studies (MAGIS) program.
June 11, 2012
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The 7th Annual Santa Barbara Human Rights Film Festival was held from Monday, April 9th to Wednesday, May 9th at the Pollock Theater on the UCSB campus. This year's festival featured an incredible selection of films, including "The Siege", "Granito", and "The Price of Sex." The Film Festival was Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures, the Carsey-Wolf Center, Human Rights Watch Santa Barbara Committee, and The Fund for Santa Barbara.