As COVID-19 has reached pandemic levels around the world, Amnesty International USA is piloting workshops to media on the aspects of COVID-19 and human rights. While the focus has rightfully been on individual hygiene advice, social distancing, and bolstering health care and social support systems, now, more than ever, conversation must shed light on human solidarity. This is a time when we have the opportunity to help end demonization and anger – and move forward with empathy and kindness. Amnesty International USA is ramping up response efforts to advocate for those most at risk and working to ensure that all governments put human rights at the center of their responses to the outbreak.
The workshops will focus on COVID-19 and asylum, immigration, refugees, criminal justice, gun violence, and technology and surveillance, among other issues. Additional workshops may be organized to talk about COVID-19 regionally: in the Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.
The first workshop, titled Detention during COVID-19, will focus on criminal justice, immigration detention, and border response. The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 26, at 1:30PM EST. Please RSVP to Mariya Parodi, at [email protected] for call-in information. Those interested in receiving regular updates and briefing documents from Amnesty experts can also email [email protected] to be included on the COVID-19 distribution list. Further dates for workshops, as well as speakers, will be announced shortly.
An e-learning course is also available for the general public, to learn about COVID-19 and human rights. Those interested can enroll here.
WHAT: Detention during COVID-19
WHO: Denise Bell, Researcher for Refugee and Migrant Rights
Charanya Krishnaswami, Advocacy Director for the Americas
Kristina Roth, Senior Program Officer for Criminal Justice Programs
WHEN: Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 1:30PM EST
HOW: RSVP to [email protected]
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