International Border Rights Seminar and Dialogue


    borderwall“Borders are not zones of exclusion when it comes to human rights”

    You are invited to learn and dialogue about the Major Universal Human Rights Instruments and the mechanisms for their implemenation and about the international work on border rights. 

    With Catherine Tactaquin, Amanda Garces, and Isabel Garcia. 

    Registration is now open:

    $15 Suggested Donation includes lunch. Sliding scale if needed. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

    In 2014 the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner issued Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights at International Borders.

    Join us for this dialogue and worshop

    Catherine Tactaquin: Is the Executive Director for the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIIRR) she has worked with global partners to press for rights of all migrants and refugees, especially those who must move across borders without immigration documents. In 2014, Catherine wento to Geneva to give expert witnesses and will share her work and expertise.

    Amanda Garces: In 2015 Amanda was selected to participate in the 2015 Human Rights Institute with the Urban Instiute and the Human Rights Network. She was also selected to participate in the 2015 US Human Rights Network’s Fighting Injustice through Human Rights Education (FIHRE) Program. Amanda will share what she learned about the human rights instruments and their mechanisms for implementation.

    Isabel Garcia: born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, is co-founder of the Coalición de Derechos Humanos and retired as the legal defender of Pima County, Arizona in July, 2015. Ms. Garcia has been at the forefront of immigrant and refugee rights since 1976. In 2012, Isabel joined other international border rights advocates to push for stronger international attention to rights at borders in Geneva in 2012 and continues to do so.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


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