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This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.
Today’s feature are the candidates for undesignated seat #4 of the Committee for Human Rights (CfHR). Responsibilities of the committee members include:
- To assist in organizing human rights forum, sessions, workshops or other events at AAA Annual Meeting;
- To consider and respond to cases of alleged human rights abuse;
- To educate anthropologists on human rights;
- To educate policy makers and others outside of anthropology on anthropology’s perspective and contributions to human rights;
- To work in coalition with other professional and human rights organizations to promote human rights.
Click here to learn more about the Committee for Human Rights.
As a member of the committee for Human Rights, I feel I have a specific knowledge set that traditional Anthropology often ignores (that of US-based human right’s issues) as well as the skills to render this knowledge productive through modalities of education, community collaboration and communication across the discipline.
As a public anthropologist studying the impacts of transphobia, homophobia, classism, sexism and racism in Washington, DC, I have had the opportunity to engage structural human rights abuses as they are expressed through a multitude of contexts. This research, importantly, has been primarily conducted through community-based research methods. I have utilized this material to conduct trainings for other social science researchers as well as community members. Finally, I have participated in number of trainings and information sharing sessions, as well as the creation of multiple ‘best practices’ documents, with government officials, non-governmental agencies and direct service providers. Finally, as a means to render this research and community work productive, I have met directly with agencies of the DC city government, including the Office of Human Rights, the Department of Corrections and the Office of the Attorney General to provide necessary trainings and education on the importance and specificity of gender-related issues.
I have been an AAA member since 2006 and am seeking a seat on the CfHR to promote critical dialogue and research on human rights within the AAA. Specifically, I am interested in facilitating conversations on the future of the human rights movement and the role anthropologists can play in the promotion of human rights. Recently, I organized two AAA panels on transitional justice, seeking to increase anthropological engagement with the legacies of human rights abuses. Over the past decade, I have worked to fight poverty, hunger, and racism in the U.S., both as a grassroots organizer at Washington Citizen Action, and as a research associate at the Poverty & Race Research Council and the African American Policy Forum. Previously, I worked with Amnesty International’s Medical Examination Group in the Netherlands to assist asylum seekers gain refuge there. My current research focuses on the Argentine human rights movement and former political prisoners. If nominated, I will focus on raising the visibility of anthropology as a discipline that engages with human rights challenges around the world.
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