Action for Human Rights: Fall 2004

Action for Human Rights Coffee Hour

Every Wednesday
6th Floor Student Lounge
Action For Human Rights sponsors early morning coffee hours for students, faculty and staff interested in human rights to come and share fair trade coffee and tea, bagels and donuts, ideas and inspiration. The weekly Coffee Hours provide a forum for announcements (at 8:50am & 9:30am), recruitment, campaign information - and a great place to get to know others interested in human rights.

Experiential Learning Project Fall 2004

Action for Human Rights' Experiential Learning Project (ELP) takes students from the classroom into the field to interact with the real people that live the issues we often discuss in the law school classroom. Our goal is to humanize the learning experience, complicate participants' understanding of an issue, and charge learning with transformative potential.

Beyond Detention: Time Served. Surviving on the Outside.
Building on last semester's experiential learning project on the status of prisons, Beyond Detention explored the policies and programs that support or impair released inmates' reentry into the broader community. Participants began the project with a visit to Prince George's County Detention Center's life skills training facilities followed by visits to organizations devoted to facilitating successful reentry. The Project emphasized interaction with the real people affected by penal policy to explore how former inmates develop the skills necessary to take control of their lives. Participants garnered both a specialized and holistic knowledge of real life beyond detention.

Not So Public Schools: School Vouchers,Fairness, and the American Way.
The Experiential Learning Project sponsored a project focused on the state of education in DC. Not so Public Schools took participants into public schools in the DC area to examine priorities, inequalities and challenges in funding for public schools. High level city officials, teachers, students, and parents helped participants understand the ins and outs of public funding for education. This provide a remarkable experience and opportunity for students to further understand one of the United States’ most important and often most controversial public institutions. As with other ELPs, AHR emphasizes meaningful interaction with primary actors (students, teachers, administrators, policymakers, parents and others) who will share their stories with Project participants.

Past Projects