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It was our pleasure to welcome everyone to the Reimagining Rights in the Americas Conference, ten days of activities arranged around a historic first for UCLA: hosting the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ Period of Sessions.

The United States plays an oversized and sometimes contradictory role with respect to the promotion and protection of human rights in the region. Los Angeles itself is a microcosm of contradictions: a dynamic city whose economy and population reflects the diversity of the Americas, but one where inequalities are visible and social justice movements are vital and generative.

It seemed only natural that a world-class institution like UCLA should host the Commission and bring the human rights frame to bear honestly on our reality, with the hope of illuminating and reimagining the human rights horizon of the Americas. We are proud to have been able to offer this opportunity to engage students, local activists and scholars with the IACHR’s important work.

Kate Mackintosh & Joseph Berra
Former Executive Director & Human Rights in the Americas Director

Event Overview

March 1-3, 2023

Site Visit on Rights of Unhoused People in Los Angeles
(This event was not open to the public. )

March 4, 2023

Bringing Human Rights Home Symposium:
Bridging the Gap between the International and Domestic Frames for Human Rights in the United States

(See our Symposium page for the full schedule of keynotes and panels.)

Catalog of Side Events

  • Labor and Trade Union Rights in the Inter-American System: Present and Future Challenges
    • Tuesday, March 7
Watch the Recording of “Labor and Trade Union Rights…” Watch the Recording of “Human Rights for Haiti’s Women & Girls…”

Official Conference Program

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The Promise Institute wishes to acknowledge this Conference was made possible by the contributions of many generous sponsors, including a National Science Foundation (NSF) Conference Grant, and that the opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.  

Curious about our ongoing Reimagining Rights in the Americas Project?