Amnesty International Northeast Regional Conference (Boston)

Amnesty International Northeast Regional Conference (Boston)

Join six hundred other activists from around the Northeast for this year's regional conference. Not only will the 2014 Northeast Regional Conference include all the things you've come to know and love but this year we've added some special changes that we know are going to make our conference even better!
Join us for all the great things you've come to expect, like networking, actions, amazing plenaries, inspiring keynotes, and hands-on workshops. Join us on Friday evening for a special session as we focus on the power of women to make social change. We've also added a room block at a nearby hotel to make attending the conference even more convenient! We'll continue updating our website with more details. This conference is going to be incredible. We hope to see you there!



Conference Agenda

Friday, October 24, 2014

6:30pm-8:30pm -Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A Ferguson Community Conversation
On August 9, Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year old, was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.The shooting of Michael Brown has sparked a long-overdue conversation on race, policing and justice, and we are committed to making sure that these issues remain heard long after the cameras are gone. Starting a dialogue is the first step to creating a movement. Amnesty International is joining the call for conversations about race and policing throughout the United States. We are hosting a community conversation to create safe spaces to share lived experiences and offer support. Find out about what’s been going on in your community around this issue, and make the effort to plug in, including to offer resources and support.

We will be joined by Larry Fellows III who is a organizer from St. Louis, MO. His activism was forged in the uprising following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. He is one of the founding members of Millenial Activists United, a group of young Black leaders who rose up out of the tear gas and rubber bullets with their passion, energy and social media savvy to guide their strategy and tactics. Larry is part of an emerging generation of leaders who lead the struggle for social justice with an intersectional lens along with skillfully utilizing social media and nonviolent direct action as their tools for change.

Join us on Friday October 24th at MIT to participate in the Ferguson Community Conversation and find out how you can be part of a broader movement for justice accountability and human rights. Please RSVP to Cynthia Gabriel Walsh for exact location details

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Please note, agenda subject to changes

  • 8:00 am- 8:45 am: Resolutions Working Parties
  • 9:00 am -9:45 am: Opening Plenary, Large Ballroom, GSU
  • 9:45 am-10:45 am: Campaign to End Gun Violence in the United States Panel, Large Ballroom, GSU
  • 11:00 am -12:30 pm: Workshop Session I
  • 12:30 pm -2:00 pm: Lunch interview with Ugandan LGBT activist Clare Byarugaba, Small Ballroom, GSU
  • 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm: Afternoon Plenary
  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Workshop Session II
  • 4:45 pm - 6:15 pm: Resolutions
  • 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm: Closing Plenary & Action
  • Please join us for a public candle light reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with youth & community activists, and human rights defenders reading articles.

Featured Speakers

Clare Byarugaba
Clare Byarugaba is a Human Rights Defender and Feminist from Uganda. Byarugaba is the co-coordinator of Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, which is based in Uganda and works to fight anti-gay laws. This year Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law was challenged and successfully repealed. Clare continues to work on mainstreaming LGBT rights as a human right in Uganda. Currently, Clare is the 2014 Oak Human Rights Fellow at the Oak Institute of International Human Rights at Colby College.

“Amnesty International is like a Big Sister to me. She makes me feel safe, lets me know someone has my back, adds value to the work I do. She checked on me every day after the Anti- Homosexuality Bill was passed, just to know if I was safe and okay. I know that it I was sent to jail for my work and for my sexuality. I know that someone out there would demand that I am released -someone would come to my rescue. I wouldn't ask more for a more practical ally than Amnesty International.”

Kim Odom
Kim serves as co-pastor with her husband, Pastor Ronald Odom, Sr. at True Vine Church in Dorchester. After working 10 years in the Insurance industry, the tragic death of her 13 year old son, Steven, October 4, 2007, to gun violence brought Kim to the work of violence prevention and intervention. Kim currently works as the Field Director for Operation LIPSTICK (Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner City Killing), a program of Citizens for Safety addressing the exploitation of women and girls in gun trafficking. Kim is a former employee of the Boston Public Health Commission's Division of Violence Prevention and served as a Family Support Coordinator with the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP) of the Boston Medical Center. Kim is a Founding member of Mothers for Justice and Equality (MJE). Kim has had featured roles in national conferences sponsored by the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, Office for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the National Conference of the Children’s Defense Fund, the National Network of Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP) and Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Kim's activism and advocacy is inspired by one of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s. quotes, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

Javier Barrera
Javier Barrera Santa is the coordinator of the Medelli´n branch of Association for Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared (Asociacio´n de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos, ASFADDES) based in Colombia. ASFADDES campaigns for justice in cases of enforced disappearances and killings. ASFADDES has previously been under surveillance for their work seeking justice. Javier is also a spokesperson for the Departmental Round Table on Enforced Disappearances (Mesa Departamental sobre Desaparicio´n Forzada), a coalition of victims and human rights organizations, which has been organizing public events to commemorate those forcibly disappeared and informing the public about ongoing impunity. Javier has been repeatedly threatened for his human rights work and was forced to leave his home. In March 2014, Amnesty International issued an Urgent Action on Javier due to continue threats against his life.

Sarah Clements

Sarah Clements founded and serves as Chairwoman for the Jr. Newtown Action Alliance (Jr. NAA). She is a senior at Newtown High School in Newtown, CT. On December 14, 2012 her mother survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. After the shooting, Sarah began using gun violence prevention advocacy to transform her painful experience into positive action. Jr. NAA is the student branch of the Newtown Action Alliance, and the group focuses on educating, empowering, and collaborating with other Millennials to address gun violence in every type of community, through legislative action, cultural change, and bridge building. The group's goal for 2014 is to bring together urban, suburban, and rural youth to share stories and work together to reduce gun violence, which disproportionately affects the Millennial generation. Sarah is also a Gun Violence Prevention Network Volunteer Lead at Generation Progress, the youth advocacy branch of the Center for American Progress, where she assists in creating a national network of young people working on gun violence prevention on high school and college campuses.

Terry Rockefeller
Terry Rockefeller currently serves on AIUSA’s Board of Directors. Terry is a documentary film producer, peace and justice activist. Terry began her documentary filmmaking career at WGBH-TV where she helped create the long-running PBS science series, NOVA. Among her other credits are episodes of Eyes on the Prize, a history of the civil rights movement, and The Great Depression, both produced at Blackside, Inc., America's leading African-American production company.? Terry's sister, Laura Rockefeller, was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Since May of 2002, Terry has worked with September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows to oppose war in response to 9/11, to protest lack of due process in the military tribunals trying those accused of the terrorist attacks, and to close Guantanamo. From 2003 to 2009, Rockefeller was a member of the board of directors of Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation, which works to abolish the death penalty in the U.S. She currently serves on the steering committee of United for Peace and Justice, a coalition of national and local peace, nonviolence and social justice organizations. She also works with the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative, a collaboration between Iraqi and international NGOs to support human rights, democracy, and anti-corruption activists in Iraq. Terry has been a member of AIUSA for more than 30 years.

Helen Jack
Helen Jack joined AIUSA as a freshman in high school and, since then, has led high school and college student groups, served as New Hampshire's Legislative Coordinator, and, most recently, was the youth delegate to AI's 2013 International Council Meeting. Helen graduated from Yale in 2012 then spent two years studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. She is now in her first year at Harvard Medical School. Helen also works as a Visiting Researcher at King's College London, where she teaches and does research and advocacy around strengthening Zimbabwe's mental health system.

Accommodations/Conference Travel

Where to stay, how to get here, and more!

October 24th & 25th
Friday: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (map)
Saturday: Boston University's George Sherman Union Building (map)

The Northeastern Regional Conference is takes place at Boston University's George Sherman Union located at 775 Commonwealth Ave, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Public Transportation
You can get to the conference easily using the MBTA Green Line- Boston College to the Boston University East stop. The Boston University East stop is approximately 10 minutes away from the Park Street MBTA stop which connects to the Red Line. The Red Line connects to South Station and the Silver Line airport connections.

Busses from New York City and New Jersey
We are providing bus transportation from NYC to Boston and from Hackensack, NJ to Boston for the regional conferences. Busses will leave from their locations at 5:00am and will return late on Saturday evening. The cost of the bus trip is $30 per person. For more information please go here

Looking to stay in Boston?
Visitors to Boston have multiple options for a convenient place to stay. The below hotel options are walking distance to the conference venue.

New this year- babysitting on site
We're pleased to announce we have arranged for free childcare at our conference. Please email Cynthia Gabriel Walsh for more information at or 617.979.3985.
Conference Prices:
General Amnesty Member
General Non-Member
Student Amnesty Member
Student Non-Member

Action Alley, Ideas Fair and Action Stations

If you would like to participate in Action Alley, please contact Julie Southwell at Requests for space at Action Alley must be received by 10/19.

Ways to Support

The more people and support we secure for our Regional Conference, the more we will accomplish for the human rights movement, while ensuring an optimal experience for our attendees. Your participation in the conference is crucial to its success, so we all need to spread the word!

Here are a few ways you can help and show your support.

Join The Host Committee

If you are attending the conference and can assist Amnesty International USA by promoting the event to your network of friends, family, and colleagues – you can join our Host Committee! This is the easiest way to show your support and it takes very little effort. Sign up now to have your name recognized on certain conference promotions including the event page.

We ask Host Committee members to confirm the following:

  • if you are an individual, we ask that you confirm at least 6 attendees
  • if you are an organization, we ask that you confirm at least 10 attendees

Amnesty International USA provides an email-able invite, Facebook and Twitter instructions to help you reach your goal. We will also provide you with a report to view all the attendees that confirm you as their Host Committee member.

Thank you for considering this opportunity, especially since a good percentage of our current members and activists first learned about Amnesty International at a Regional Conference!


Volunteers will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and there are a limited number of spaces, so we encourage you to apply early.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Regional Conference, please contact Cynthia Gabriel Walsh at or 617.979.3985.

Interested in donating a monetary donation or in-kind services?

Our Regional Conferences count on the support of individuals like yourself to ensure we have another successful year. If you are a business owner or work for a local business and are interested in providing support to the conference via an in-kind gift, pro bono service or a monetary donation, we would like to hear from you. Event support from businesses enables us to enhance our conference and improve our attendees’ experience, while keeping the costs down for our members.

We tailor each partnership to offer unique and highly visible marketing opportunities. Support for Amnesty International USA highlights a company’s corporate responsibility, while exposing its brand to hundreds of our loyal supporters, community leaders and members.

We are looking for businesses to assist with the following (this is a list of a few opportunities): videography, photography, underwriting a block of tickets/stays for youth to attend, venues to host social events, and companies interested in supporting the conference as local corporate supporters.

Please contact our Director of Events, Johnny Gonzales at (212) 633-4181 or for more information.

Conference Registration

Regional Conference registration is now available!

Contact Us

For more information on this year's regional conference, contact Cynthia Gabriel Walsh at or 617.979.3985