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The Miami Committee is part of the global Human Rights Watch Council - a network of 1,000 informed and engaged opinion leaders in 33 cities around the globe.

As the Miami Committee of Human Rights Watch, we play a central role in raising awareness in Miami of local and global human rights issues, generating financial support for the organization's mission, and mobilizing the public to defend basic freedoms for all. Together, we play a key role in defending human rights by ensuring that human rights issues remain high on the public agenda in our city. 

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  • WHAT: Private Reception and Briefing on the State of Rights in Latin America with Human Rights Watch Acting Americas Director, Tamara Taraciuk Broner

    WHEN: Wednesday, March 30, 2022

    On March 30, 2022, HRW Miami hosted two events with Acting Americas Director Tamara Taraciuk Broner on the future of democracy in Latin America. Latin America is experiencing an alarming reversal of basic freedoms and threats to independent civil society, the free press, and judicial independence. Tamara discussed the latest developments impacting democracy in the region, including trends that impact the future rule of law in countries ranging from the extreme examples of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, to cases such as Mexico, El Salvador, and Brazil, where democratically elected leaders have abandoned democratic guarantees when exercising power. She also addressed Russian influence in Latin America and the region’s response to the war in Ukraine.

  • WHAT:  Reception and Briefing on the State of LGBT Rights in Florida and around the world with HRW Senior Researcher Kyle Knight

    WHEN: Monday, March 14, 2022

    WHERE: Soho Beach House, Miami

    On the evening of March 14th, HRW Miami Committee members Norman Aynbinder and Elan Nissenboim hosted a briefing with HRW Senior Health and LGBT Rights Researcher Kyle Knight on the state of LGBT rights around the world. The event coincided with the passing of legislation in the state of Florida that restricts discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, highlighting the ongoing battle for equal rights and treatment for the LGBT community in the US and around the globe.

  • WHAT: A Committee briefing with Executive Director Ken Roth on the state of human rights around the world

    WHEN: Friday, December 10, 2021

    On International Human Rights Day 2021, HRW Miami Committee member and Board Emerita Shelley Frost Rubin hosted a luncheon for fellow Miami Committee members, featuring a briefing with  HRWs Executive Director Ken Roth on the state of rights across the globe. At the event, Ken recapped the greatest global human rights achievements and challenges of 2021, and outlined Human Rights Watch’s priorities for 2022.

  • WHAT: A conversation and Q&A with HRW’s Global Women’s Rights Experts

    WHEN: Wednesday, October 6, 2021

    WHERE: Virtual panel / discussion

    On October 6, 2021, HRW Miami hosted a Committee briefing on the state of women’s rights across the globe, featuring expert panelists including Macarena Sáez, HRW Women’s Rights Division Executive Director; Heather Barr, Afghanistan researcher and HRW Women’s Rights Division Associate Director; Amanda Klasing, HRW Women’s Rights Division Associate Director; and Ximena Casas, HRW Women’s Rights Division Researcher.

    Committee members were given the latest updates and able to ask questions about the state of women’s rights in Afghanistan following the US withdrawal and Taliban takeover, the decriminalization of abortion in Mexico, and threats to reproductive rights in US states including Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.

  • WHAT: A conversation and Q&A with Leading Transgender Activists and Allies About Injustices Trans People Face and What’s Being Done

    WHEN: Thursday, June 24, 2021

    WHERE: Virtual panel / discussion

    The fourth installment of HRW Miami’s Salon Series was hosted by Committee Chair Joy Stampler Fishman on June 24th, 2021, and featured a panel discussion with Dee Farmer, legend in the national transgender rights movement and first transgender plaintiff to bring a case before the United States Supreme Court; Arianna Inurritegui-Lint, transgender activist and founder of South Florida’s Arianna Center; Scott Greenberg, Executive Director and founder of the LGBTQ Freedom Fund; and Ryan Thoreson, HRW LGBT Rights researcher.

    Participants were able to hear stories of the tireless work that our panelists and other activists have put into bringing transgender rights to the forefront of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, ask questions about their experiences, and learn about ways to be effective allies in this space.

  •   Human Rights Watch Miami, in collaboration with Fellows of the New World Symphony, invites you to join us for a one-of-a-kind musical storytelling performance and discussion.

    Tune in from 7:00 - 8:30pm EST on Thursday, April 22 for the live virtual event, "Being Black in America: An evening of music, storytelling, and real talk about racial inequality and policing in the US," including a conversation between Human Rights Watch Executive Director of US Program, Nicole Austin-Hillery and renowned musician Awadagin Pratt.

    The evening is generously hosted by Human Rights Watch Miami Co-Chair and New World Symphony Trustee, Bill Kleh.

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  • WHAT: Us Kids Film Screening & Live Panel Discussion on Celebrating Youth Changing the Course of History: A Quest for Moral Leadership

    WHEN: Thursday, February 11, 2021

    WHERE: Virtual panel / discussion

    The second installment of HRW Miami’s Salon Series was hosted on February 11th, 2021 and featured a panel discussion following the exclusive film screening of Us Kids, an award-winning documentary by Kim A. Snyder that chronicles the March For Our Lives movement sparked by student activists and survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14th, 2018. The virtual event, hosted by HRW Miami Committee member Shelley Frost Rubin, featured speakers including Parkland shooting survivor and youth activist Samantha Fuentes, mother of Parkland shooting victim Annika Dworet, and Us Kids filmmaker Kim A. Snyder.

    The event included an original poetry reading by Samantha Fuentes and discussion about the power of youth activists’ quest for moral leadership in the US and abroad.

  • WHAT: A celebration of human rights on the eve of Human Rights Day

    WHEN: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

    WHERE: Virtual gathering

    On December 9th, 2020, the eve of International Human Rights Day, the Miami Committee of Human Rights Watch joined in a virtual gathering to celebrate the accomplishments of an extraordinarily consequential year for human rights. Human Rights Day is an internationally recognized time to bring attention to the rights we all share—to live, love, think, speak, work and worship, regardless of how we look, where we were born, or what we believe. Each year on December 10th, countries across the globe light up their monuments and landmarks in observance of how far we’ve come and as a reminder for how much we have left to achieve.

    For over 40 years, Human Rights Watch has been one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to protecting human rights. We catalyze momentum for change by conducting rigorous fact finding, proposing effective policy solutions, and broadcasting our message to the world – all in collaboration with our partners and those impacted by abuse. Our supporters make it possible to act as an effective leader in confronting some of the greatest challenges of our time and defend the rights and dignity of people worldwide.  

  • WHAT: Panel discussion on protecting voters' rights in the 2020 Presidential Election

    WHEN: Thursday, October 15, 2020

    WHERE: Virtual panel / discussion

    During a time of social distancing, Human Rights Watch Miami has created a Salon Series to encourage an interactive dialogue inspired by the original salons in 18th century France. Like those salons, our goal is to host events that will ignite learning, debate, and inclusivity, and help to engage the community around important issues of the day.

    Just under a month before Election Day 2020, on October 15th HRW Miami hosted its first event in the newly introduced Salon Series: Protecting Voters’ Rights in Florida. With Florida being a key swing state in a highly contested election, HRW Miami partnered with Engage Miami and LatinoJustice PRLDEF to inform listeners of the challenges faced in protecting the right to vote in Florida and share solutions that our organizations are advocating for.

    The panel featured HRW’s US Program Executive Director Nicole Austin-Hillery, Organizing Director of Engage Miami Gilbert Placeres, and President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF Juan Cartagena.

  • WHAT: A conversation with HRW's Executive Director, Ken Roth

    WHEN: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

    WHERE: Virtual gathering / discussion

    On Wednesday, June 10th, the Miami Committee of Human Rights Watch hosted a virtual gathering with Executive Director Ken Roth to discuss new challenges and human rights implications of the Coronavirus pandemic and the innovative ways in which Human Rights Watch is uniquely poised to tackle them. Topics of discussion included the inequitable impact of Covid-19 on women and incarcerated people in the US, the devastating repercussions of the pandemic on worker's rights, and the global trend of governments withholding emergency-level assistance and information on public health and safety.

    This meeting provided Committee members with the designated opportunity to directly ask questions of Human Rights Watch's lead protagonist on advancing the organization's ability to implement rights-respecting change around the world.

  • WHAT: 4th Annual Miami Voices for Justice Dinner

    WHEN: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

    WHERE: New World Center

    On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, before the world shut down in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch Miami hosted its fourth annual Voices for Justice Dinner at the New World Center on Miami Beach, co-Chaired by Maria C. Bechily, Joy Stampler-Fishman, William Kleh, and Shelley Frost Rubin. 

    The Dinner program focused on a central theme, "Crossing Borders." Over 240 guests gathered to hear a powerful keynote address by Human Rights Watch international Board Chair, Amy Rao, and inspiring, hope-filled stories about people on the move from Human Rights Watch's LGBT Rights Researcher Kyle Knight, US Program and Immigration Researcher Grace Meng, and Rohingya writer and activist Irman Mohammad. A special musical performance was led by New World Symphony fellow, Andrea Beyer.

    Each year the Human Rights Watch Voices for Justice Annual Dinners celebrate human rights defenders from around the world who put their lives at risk to protect the rights and dignity of others. These dinners gather over 6,800 supporters in more than 20 cities worldwide.

    The event was a great success, raising nearly $500,000 for the organization's continued efforts to protect and defend the rights of the world's most vulnerable populations.

  • WHAT: Film Screening & Panel Discussion
    WHEN: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    WHERE: Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts

    Human Rights Watch partnered with the Green Family Foundation to host this screening of the powerful documentary film CHARM CITY, which delivers a candid portrait of citizens, police, community advocates, and government officials on the front lines during three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore. The film speaks to a nationwide crisis, exposing layers of disconnect and distrust between communities and law enforcement.

    After the screening, Human Rights Watch Criminal Justice Researcher John Raphling participated in a Q&A with filmmaker Marilyn Ness and Branden Jones from the Circle of Brotherhood. CHARM CITY and the panel discussion illustrated how the US has increasingly relied on law enforcement to solve public health issues like poverty, mental health crises, and gun violence. Over a hundred participants joined us in considering actions undertaken by national and local groups working towards exposing abuses and achieving justice.


  • WHAT: Cocktail Reception and Discussion
    WHEN: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
    WHERE: Istituto Marangoni Miami

    Human Rights Watch Miami Committee members Adrienne bon Haes and Soledad Picon co-hosted an event that invited members of South Florida’s garment industry to discuss abuses in the garment industry. HRW senior counsel for the Women’s Rights division detailed her work on transparency and labor abuses in the garment industry, focusing on its effect on workers in India, Bangladesh and throughout Southeast Asia. The talk focused on harassment in the workplace, low wages, physical dangers, and more.

    Adrienne bon Haes, the evening’s moderator, is well-known in the Miami community as an artist, designer, and textile collector. When discussing the importance of events like these, she remarked, “we want to make sure when our concerned community is talking about sustainability, they are also including ethics in that dialogue. We don’t want the well-being of workers to be left out of this equation.”

    The event was sponsored by Fever-Tree and Tito's Handmade Vodka.

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