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Human Rights in Focus 

On the 5th anniversary of our Stand Up against Human Trafficking Symposium in The Hague (2016), FAWCO and the Human Rights Team will be hosting a 4-day virtual conference on Human Rights in Focus. Please mark your calendars and join us for this exciting event Thursday to Sunday, November 4-7, 2021 on the Hopin platform.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS (as of July 20, 2021) — we will be adding to this list as we confirm speakers.

— Opening keynote speaker Kimberly Marteau Emerson, Board member Human Rights Watch
— Anila Noor, founder of New Women Connectors
— Nedal Al Salman, president of Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), convenor of IFEX & Vice President of the FIDH
— Target Program/Project 2016-2019 update: Amanda Lane, CRP Executive Director Violence Abroad
— Paula Lucas, Founder of Pathways to Safety International

DAY 2 - Human Trafficking
— Keynote speaker Valiant Richey, OSCE Special Representative & Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings
— Lisa Cohen, Supervising Senior Producer, CNN Freedom Project
— Target Program/Project 2013-2016 Update: Free the Girls 
— Panel discussion on “The Victim’s Journey” with Suzanne Hoff, International Coordinator La Strada International; Dr Sheetal Shah, Academic Director Bridge2Hope Webster University; and Esta Steyn, Director Be Slavery Free
— Panel discussion on “Prevention of Child Trafficking” with Mary T. Callahan, Executive Director of Girls on the Run Houston; United Against Human Trafficking, (UAHT); Bob Osborn, Children at Risk; and  Beka Lisgarten, Stop the Traffik (UK),

DAY 3 - Shine a Light - on lesser known forms of Violence against Women
— Keynote speaker: Kelsey MacKay, President of RESPOND Against Violence and McKay Training & Consulting, LLC
— Forced Marriage with Fraidy Reiss, Founder/Executive Director of Unchained at Last; and Zonta 
— Female Genital Mutilation, an Update on Target Project 2020-2022 with Target Chair, Tharien van EckRhobi Samwelly, founder of HOPE; and Hibo Wardere, activist and author of CUT

DAY 4 - Take Action
— Keynote speaker: Jessica Buchleitner, journalist, author and UN NGO Permanent Representative
— Advocacy Workshop - Beth Ellen Holimon, Global Gender Equality Advocate, Social Impact Strategist 
— Erica Higbie, The Women's Human Rights Teaching Learning and Advocacy Resource  and FAWCO UN Rep.