Past President of HRI Board of Trustees Honored with 2012 Hope for Humanity Award

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Don M. Glendenning, past president and lifetime member of the HRI Board of Trustees, will receive the 2012 Hope for Humanity Award from the Dallas Holocaust Museum – Center for Education and Tolerance for his continued support for human rights and the disadvantaged. Click here to read more about Don’s work in the community and the Hope for Humanity Award.

Don is an experienced corporate and securities lawyer and a partner at the Dallas office of Locke Lord, LLP.

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Meet our new Women & Children’s Program Legal Assistant!

Hi, I’m Kristina! I graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in general studies with concentrations in women’s studies, sociology, and music. I then went on to receive my M.A. in interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in women’s studies and sociology, also from UNT. During my graduate studies, I had the privilege of studying abroad in Tunisia. While I was in Tunisia, I was able to learn and see the social, economic, and political adversities and triumphs of Tunisian women of all socio-economic statuses.

When I first heard about Human Rights Initiative a few years ago, I was instantly compelled by their mission. I have always been captivated by the stories of immigrants and their individual struggles, so I immediately felt a connection to HRI and the way the organization advocates for victims of human rights abuses.

I like to volunteer, attend concerts, read, and spend time with family and friends. Since I have a background in music, I like to sing and play instruments, such as the piano and ukulele. I also enjoy traveling…especially road trips!

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International Day of the Girl Child

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Today, October 11, is the first International Day of the Girl Child. The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution last December to “recognize girls’ rights and highlight the unique challenges girls face worldwide.” This year’s theme is “Ending Child Marriage.”

Each year nearly 10 million girls are married before age 18, with roughly 25,000 girls becoming child brides each day, and one in three girls married before age 15 in developing countries. This equates to 19 girls married every minute.

Girls Not Brides, a global organization that works to prevent child marriage, says “child marriage is a serious human rights violation.” Child marriage directly violates girls’ rights to health, education, security and the choice of whom they marry. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights clearly states, “Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.”

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Posted in Human Rights, United Nations, Women's Rights

HRI Named Nonprofit Communicator of the Year Finalist

We are pleased to announce Human Rights Initiative has been chosen as one of three finalists as Nonprofit Communicator of the Year for the 2012 Awards of Excellence, presented by the Center for Nonprofit Management.

HRI was chosen as a finalist based on our Human Rights Curriculum. The program, started in 2008, raises awareness of human rights issues among North Texas high school students through the sharing of HRI client experiences of human rights abuses, their processes of seeking relief through immigration laws, and the representation of such clients by HRI legal staff and volunteer attorneys. Topics include international human rights, human trafficking, refugees and asylum seekers, domestic violence, and genocide. The classroom discussions are led by HRI staff and our trained volunteer attorneys that have worked on HRI asylum, VAWA, U-visa and other human rights cases. The curriculum is structured to encourage student participation and in-depth discussion on a variety of topics depending on class interests and current events.

Winners will be announced Friday, November 9th, at the Night of Light event.

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Executive Director: Law Man Walking

HRI’s Executive Director Bill Holston, an avid hiker, has recently written an article for D Magazine’s Front Burner blog about his last hike of the summer. Bill went hiking in the Trinity Forest and ends up meeting some Burundian refugees. Click here to read his article.

Posted in D Magazine, Executive Director, HRI