Amnesty International USA is excited to announce the 2019 Regional Conferences dates and host cities.

Submit a Request for Proposal!

Application Deadline: Monday, August 19th at 11:59pm EST.

Thank you for your interest in helping to shape programming at Amnesty International’s 2019 Regional Conferences.  The goal of all Regional Conferences is to create a transformative experience focused on human rights education, skills-building, networking, and inspire action.  

This year’s conference theme is Be Bold, Act Now, Organize for Human Rights!  When creating your conference proposal, consider how it addresses the conference theme.  Being bold, acting now, and organizing is about empowering participants with the knowledge, skills, networks, and tools needed to mobilize grassroots action at the community level.  

This year we are offering more ways for people to participate in Regional Conference programming. We have created a 1-day and 2-day Regional Conference agenda that will provide more opportunities for participants to self-select the types of programming that interests them most and best fits their learning styles.  

Amnesty supporters from all groups are encouraged to submit proposals for all sessions. We are eager to highlight the diverse and innovative activism happening in classrooms and communities across the country. Please know that Sessions and Action Alley space are limited.  If your proposal is accepted, reviewers may come back to you with suggestions for considering the most opportune session to convey the information that you are seeking to share. Facilitators of accepted sessions will have their conference registration waived.

Proposals that include interactive sessions inviting participant dialogue, modeling strategies and building grassroots organizing skills, examining topics relevant to human rights, encouraging critical inquiry, demonstrating informed action, and emphasizing creativity and engagement are encouraged and will be prioritized. All proposals will be reviewed by the National Working Group for Regional Conferences, which is a member and staff team working on Regional Conferences, using these Rubrics.   

Please know:

  • Sessions and Action Alley space are limited.  
  • Reviewers may come back with suggestions for a better placement of your session.
  • Facilitators of accepted sessions will have their conference registration waived.

Here are the options for submitting a proposal:

  • Skill-building Power Sessions are short, focused, skill-based interactive presentations that focus on modeling and application. These sessions need little introduction to the subject matter and should provide participants with skills that are essential for effective group and individual organizing and advocacy work. Participants should walk away with a clear understanding of the purpose of the skill and how to utilize the skill set.
    30-minute duration
  • Breakout Sessions provide space for interactive, hands-on learning, conversation, planning, and strategizing sessions.  Breakout sessions are good for small group work. Examples of breakout sessions could include the following: discussion on policy or a resolution, hands on learning activities, state strategizing, a group skillshare, etc.
    60-minute duration
  • Human Rights Discussion Group Sessions are presentations on a specific human rights issue/topic with facilitator building in time for questions and answers from participants.
    45-minute duration
  • Digital Poster Presentations provide an opportunity for presenters to illustrate an innovative human rights project, organizing tactic, casework, or successful action. We encourage digital posters or 1-3 powerpoint slides that will be displayed on a screen while each presenter is provided 10 minutes to present on their poster topic.  Speaker presentations should be well practiced, clear, and delivery should be engaging. Think of a TED talk. For more information on what makes a good TED talk check out this video.
    10-minute duration
  • Action Alley is a space where interactive and creative actions are set-up for participant engagement.  Action stations are set-up throughout the run of the conference and volunteers are assigned to help facilitate participant engagement.
    Throughout Conference
  • Petition Table will provide space to feature an AIUSA approved petition on a specific case/thematic issues at one or multiple Regional Conferences. Signed petitions will be mailed back to the person submitting the request.
    Throughout Conference

Questions on how to determine which session might be the best fit for your proposal?  Need technical support for how to create a digital poster presentation using powerpoint or google slides?  Need ideas for how to design a creative action for Action Alley? No problem… email [email protected]

Submit Your Proposal Here:


To view a PDF of the full RFP Form, please click below:


Important Deadlines:

  • August 19, 2019: Close of Proposal Submissions
  • September 9, 2019: Announcement for accepted proposals
  • September 13, 2019: All Regional Conference Sessions Confirmed

See below for more information on the conferences.


Saturday, October 19th, 2019
Tallahassee, Florida

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Saturday, November 9th – Sunday, November 10th, 2019
Columbus, Ohio

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Saturday, November 9th – Sunday, November 10th, 2019
Seattle, Washington

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Saturday, November 16th, 2019
Richmond, Virginia

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Saturday, November 16th, 2019
Providence, Rhode Island

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