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Right to Truth – Unheard Voices

Date & Time
April 7, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

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Join us for an evening with three survivors of human rights violations.

The International Day for the Right to Truth was established on March 24, 1980 to honor Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero, who was murdered that day. He was actively engaged in denouncing violations of the human rights of the most vulnerable individuals in El Salvador. “Unheard Voices” will highlight truths often hidden, give voice to those silenced and hear testimonies unspoken.

Three panelists will share their personal stories and experiences surrounding their human rights work today and we hope that, by the end of this event, attendees will leave with a greater sense of appreciation for unheard voices and uplift their truths.

Facial recognition threatens the rights of Black and Brown people and could target other minority groups. On 7 August 2020, New York Police Department (NYPD) officers attempted to arrest Black Lives Matter activist Derrick “Dwreck” Ingram by besieging his apartment for five hours, after seemingly using facial recognition technology to identify and locate him.

Herman endured 3 years on Florida’s death row before, in a unanimous verdict, the Florida Supreme Court ruled in July 2009 that there wasn’t enough evidence to find Herman guilty of anything, much less sentence him to death, and that he did not receive a fair trial. Herman was exonerated after spending 3 years on Florida’s death row.

Pedro X. Molina, an internationally acclaimed political cartoonist who fled Nicaragua with his family in December 2018. Molina and his family left on Christmas Day 2018 after police killed a journalist, jailed two others, and ransacked the offices of his newspaper, Confidencial. He will reflect on his experiences, his cartooning, and current conditions in Nicaragua.

This presentation is short but attendees will have some time in which to interact with the panelists.

Amnesty actions and petitions will be shared that relate to the human rights abuses highlighted by our panelists.