Amnesty International USA is excited to be hosting this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the Washington, DC metropolitan area!

Our 53rd AGM will be held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Rockville Maryland, just a few minutes away from our nation’s capital, Washington, DC!

The Conference

The 2018 Annual General Meeting will bring together hundreds human rights activists from throughout the U.S. and around the world to engage in networking opportunities, human rights actions, inspiring plenaries, outstanding keynotes and hands-on workshops, as well as to shape the policies of the organization. This year’s conference is shaping up to be incredible, and through our conference, human rights activists will be inspired to expand awareness, initiate change, and call the world to action.

Together, we have the power to create a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. The 2018 Annual General Meeting will equip and connect Amnesty International USA’s members and activists to help defend the inalienable human rights of all people – no matter who they are or where they are.

Dates

Friday Feb. 23rd – Sunday Feb. 25th, Lobby Day Feb. 26th

Location

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center 5701 Marinelli Road, Rockville, MD

We would like to give a special thank you to our 2018 AGM Program Committee for their hard work and commitment to the success of our Annual General Meeting.

Wamia Siddiqui – Mid-Atlantic Representative
Talima Flores – West Representative
Alfiza Urmanova – Midwest Representative
Michael Clark – Northeast Representative
Courntey Levine – South Representative
Roni Kay Odell – National Resolutions Committee Chair
Sam Steed – National Youth Action Committee Representative

Voting on Resolutions

Please note that in order to cast a vote in the 2018 AGM Working Parties and Voting Plenary, you must be an active member of AIUSA and you must have purchased your membership by no later than January 4, 2018 (50 days before the start of the AGM.)

Renew MemBErship

Contact Us

For more information on this year’s Annual General Meeting, contact [email protected] or 212.633.4168

Conference Agenda

This is a draft agenda and is subject to change, please be sure to check back for further updates.

To view the Agenda please click below

Download Agenda

Note: all times are Eastern Standard Time.

More information on Speakers coming soon!

Action Alley

The Action Alley is a forum to learn about and take action on human rights issues and current AIUSA priorities, and a space for groups to creatively display their ideas and accomplishments.

The application deadline has now passed. Applications will be vetted to ensure that display contents adhere to AIUSA policy. We will provide each approved participant with a shared space on a skirted table for your display and materials at no charge. Participants are responsible for creating displays, transportation to and from the conference, set-up, clean-up of the display and all materials, and staffing of their table throughout the conference.

Lobby Days

It’s time to stand up for refugees and human rights – your voice is needed more than ever!

Dates

AGM Lobby Day Training: Sunday, February 25th from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
AGM Lobby Day: Monday, February 26th from 8:00am to 5:00pm

Overview

Come join hundreds of Amnesty supporters, members, and activists as we call on ALL Members of Congress to stand up and speak out for refugees, humanitarian aid, and the importance of fighting for human rights around the world. Let your voice be heard!

We are excited to host the first National AIUSA Lobby Day in over a decade! Our goal is to bring participants from every part of the country, and as such are offering a generous incentive to attend. If you attend the AGM Lobby Day, and you’re one of the first 300 people to register, you only need to pay for your travel – we’ll cover your lodging (shared room with one other participant) and select meals once you arrive! Please note, each state has its own quota, so register early to get our generous hotel subsidy!

But don’t worry, if capacity is already reached from your state, you’re still invited and we still need you – you’ll just have to cover the cost of your hotel room and you’ll automatically go on our waiting list to receive a hotel subsidy should additional capacity arise. We’ve still got your meals covered! It pays to register early – so don’t delay, register today!

Have a question or want more information? Email [email protected]
Register For AGM & Lobby Days
Register For ONLY Lobby Days

What is covered for AGM Lobby Day Participants?

The first participants in the AGM Lobby Day will have the following covered by Amnesty International USA:

Sunday night’s hotel stay

  • Please note that all participants who approved for free accommodations will be lodged with one other AGM Lobby Day participant
  • If you wish to register as a group (2 – 4 people) please indicate that on your registration page. Groups of two to four will be lodged together. Please note, there are two beds per room.
  • Please note, if you register as just one person you will be placed in a room with one other participant. Every effort will be made to place participants by state/city of residence. If you wish to stay with a specific individual or group, you ALL must indicate that on your registration form.
  • If you desire to stay in your own room please indicate on your registration page that you wish to pay for your own lodging and pay for the full cost of the room (at the special discounted rate of $170 per night).

Meals Covered

  • Lunch On Sunday
  • Breakfast and lunch on Monday
  • Please note, dinner on Sunday, February 25th is not covered

 

Conference Lodging Information

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center is our host hotel located in Rockville, MD. Our room rate is $149 (subject to applicable state and local taxes) for single, double, triple and quadruple occupancy. You can reserve your room by calling the hotel directly at 1-301-822-9200 and mentioning Amnesty International or by clicking the link below. The special room rate will be available until January 29th.

Make Reservation

See you at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in February! We hope you enjoy your stay and your group’s event!

Lodging Subsidies

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS JANUARY 15TH AT 5:00PM EST

AIUSA is providing limited subsidies in the form of lodging for Friday and Saturday night (February 23-24) of the 2018 Annual General Meeting in Rockville, MD. Subsidies are intended for active AI members and activists or those hoping to become active who otherwise would be unable to attend the conference due to financial constraints.

To be eligible for a subsidy you must apply with a group of two – four people who are committed to registering and attending the entire three-day conference, working one three-hour volunteer shift, and meeting the requirements included in the application linked here.

For more information, including the selection process, please read the Frequently Asked Questions

Subsidy FAQ

Submit Subsidy Form

Contact Us

For more information on this year’s Annual General Meeting, contact [email protected] or 212.633.4168

Travel

Airport Information
Metro and Bus Information
Rental Car Information
Parking Information

We look forward to having you join us for Amnesty International USA’s 2018 Annual General Meeting!

We are excited to be hosting the conference in the Washington D.C., metro area. The links below provide resources that can help in your planning, including information about traveling to and around the conference. We encourage you to book your travel early, as rates will change and increase as the conference gets closer.

If you need to book hotel accommodations, consider staying at our official conference venue, the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. You can find the hotel booking instructions and special rate, below.

Transportation from Airport

Washington Dulles International Airport – IAD

Airport Phone: +1 703 572 2700

Hotel direction: 25 miles NE. Stay straight on Dulles Airport Access Rd. Merge onto VA-267 E toward I-495/exit 18-19, merge onto I-495 N via exit 18 toward Baltimore/Bethesda. Merge onto I-270 spur N via exit 38 toward Rockville/Frederick. Take Democracy Blvd. East exit. Turn left on Old Georgetown Rd. Turn right on Executive Blvd. Turn left onto Marinelli Road

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  • Alternate transportation: Martin’s Sedan and Limo Service; fee: 95 USD (one way); reservation required
  • Bus service, fee:14 USD (one way)
  • Estimated taxi fare:60 USD(one way)

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – DCA

Airport Phone: +1 703 417 8000

Hotel direction:23 miles NW. Take George Washington Parkway to I-495N. Merge onto I-270 and take Democracy Blvd East Exit. Turn Left on MD-187/Old Georgetown Rd. Turn Right on Executive Blvd. Turn Left on Marinelli Rd.

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  • Alternate transportation: Martin’s Sedan and Limo Service; fee: 95 USD (one way); reservation required
  • Subway service, fee: 6.9 USD (one way)
  • Estimated taxi fare:55 USD (one way)

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport – BWI

Airport Phone: +1 410 859 7111

Hotel direction:37.6 miles SW. Take Interstate 195 West to Interstate 95 South. Merge onto Interstate 495 and continue to exit 27 toward Silver Spring. At exit 34 merge onto Rockville Pike. Proceed to Marinelli Road and turn left.

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  • Alternate transportation: Martin’s Sedan and Limo Service; fee: 95 USD (one way); reservation required
  • Bus service, fee:12.25 USD (one way)
  • Estimated taxi fare:70 USD (one way)
Metro and Bus Lines

Bus Station

Metro Station

Train Station

Rental Car Services

Hertz

1319 Rockville Pike Rockville, Maryland 20852

Phone: +1-240-314-0640

Parking

Conference Parking

On-site self-parking, fee: 10 USD daily

Parking at Washington Dulles International Airport :

Valet Parking:

  • First day (24 hour period): $35.00
  • Each additional day (24 hour period): $30.00

Parking Rates for Terminal/Daily:

  • Hourly Rate: $6 per hour
  • Daily Maximum: $22 per day (24-hour period)

Parking Rates for Terminal/Hourly:

  • Hourly Rate: $6 per hour
  • Parking Rates for Terminal/Hourly:

Parking rates for both Garages:

  • Hourly Rate: $6 per hour
  • Daily Maximum: $17 per day (24 hour period)

Parking rates for the Economy Lot: Daily Rate: $10 per day (24 hour period). No hourly rates.

Parking at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport:

Terminal Garage A, B and C Rates: $6 per hour $25 per day

Economy Parking Rates: $17 per day No hourly rate

Parking at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport:

Hourly Garage: $4 per hour/ $22 a day

Express Parking: $10 a day

Express Parking: $12 a day

Long term parking: $8 a day

Contact Us

For more information on this year’s Annual General Meeting, contact [email protected] or 212.633.4168

Subsidy Application

AIUSA is providing limited subsidies in the form of lodging for Friday and Saturday night (February 23-24) of the 2018 Annual General Meeting in Rockville, MD. Subsidies are intended for active AI members and activists or those hoping to become active who otherwise would be unable to attend the conference due to financial constraints.

To be eligible for a subsidy you must apply with a group of two – four people who are committed to registering and attending the entire three-day conference, working one three-hour volunteer shift, and meeting the requirements included in the application.

The application deadline for subsidies has now passed. We will make final decisions and notify applicants that have been tentatively awarded a subsidy by no later than January 19th. At this point you will have until January 22nd at 5:00pm EST for everyone in your group to register online for the AGM and submit waivers (if under age 18). We will not secure your room unless we receive your proof of registration and minor waivers (if applicable) by January 22nd.

Subsidy FAQ

Conference Registration

Early bird rates are available until January 22nd at 11:59pm!

Member Rate: This rate is for current dues-paying members. Not sure whether you are a current member? Call 1-800-AMNESTY or email [email protected] to verify your membership status. Rates start at $120 for the full three-day pass.

Non-Member Rate: The non-member rate is available for General tickets, discounted Student/Educator/Senior Citizen/Fixed Income tickets (S/E/S/FI), and Day Passes. Rates start at $145 for the full three-day pass.

Student/Educator/Senior Citizen/Fixed Income Rate (S/E/S/FI): This discounted rate, available for members and non-members, is for students, educators, senior citizens, and individuals living on a fixed income. Rates start at $65 for the full three-day pass.

Group Rate: To be eligible for a discounted group rate, you must register a minimum of 5 people for the conference. Rates start at $45.

Register Now

Contact Us

For more information on this year’s Annual General Meeting, contact [email protected] or 212.633.4168

Resources

Gender Neutral Restrooms

In an effort to make our conference accessible for all participants, we have gender neutral restrooms available. Regardless of what restroom you use, please respect everyone’s privacy.

Voting on Resolutions

Please note that in order to cast a vote in the 2018 AGM Working Parties and Voting Plenary, you must be an active member of AIUSA and you must have purchased your membership by no later than January 4, 2018 (50 days before the start of the AGM.)

Renew Memebership

Minors Waiver

If you are 17 years of age or younger, AIUSA requires that this waiver agreement, be completed by a legal guardian and that a chaperone accompany you for the entire duration of the conference. AIUSA does not assume responsibility for minors.

Please read the waiver carefully. Please sign the waiver and email a copy to [email protected] no later than February 16th, 2018. If you have any questions or concerns, contact [email protected] or 212.633.4168.

Attendees who do not email or bring the signed waiver will not be allowed to participate.

Waiver Form

Map of Area

The area around the hotel is full of restaurants and shops that attendees can explore. To view a map of the surrounding area please click below.

Download Map

Contact Us

For more information on this year’s Annual General Meeting, contact [email protected] or 212.633.4168

Volunteer

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1st, 2018 AT 5 PM EST

Take your experience at the Annual General Meeting to the next level. Volunteer with other activists from around the nation at the conference. Those who volunteer for a three-hour shift will be awarded a day pass, free of charge. Please note that you will only receive a day pass for the day you volunteer, not for the entire conference.

Three-hour time slots for the following positions are available:

  • Registration/Welcome: The registration team will be in charge of aiding with the registration process. The registration team will check attendees into the conference. The welcome team will help direct the attendees to where they need to be for check in. Volunteers should be energetic and outgoing.
  • Event Set-Up: Support the set-up of the ballroom, programmatic rooms, and action alley.
  • Event Break-down: Support the break down and clean up of the ballroom, programmatic rooms, and action alley.
  • Ballroom Ambassador: Ballroom Ambassadors will direct attendees when they enter the ballroom and make sure everyone is on time for the program. They will also ensure that everything runs smoothly and timely within the room, including supporting speakers and guests.
  • National Resolution Shadows: Support our National Resolutions Committee with the governance pieces of the AGM, including staffing the resolutions session, taking minutes and passing the microphone.
  • Attendee Ambassador: This volunteer team will help attendees get to where they need to be and ensure that everyone is on time. They will also ensure that the hallways and rooms are tidy before and after programs and trainings.
  • Photography: We are looking for a qualified volunteer to take pictures at the event.

Submit Volunteer Form

Contact Us

For more information on this year’s Annual General Meeting, contact [email protected] or 212.633.4168