UST Law Amnesty International Human Rights Awards Banquet is Wednesday

The UST School of Law Amnesty International is hosting the Fourth Annual Human Rights Award Banquet from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the Schulze Grand Atrium, School of Law building, 1100 LaSalle Ave. (See Minneapolis campus map.) Lunch will be served.

The event is free and open to the public; donations to support the summer 2008 human rights fellowship are welcome.

Sarah Deer of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute is the keynote speaker. She will discuss her work on Amnesty International’s "Maze of Injustice" report.

The report addresses the complex overlap of jurisdictional authority among tribal, state and federal governments and the resulting loopholes that have surfaced, which essentially permit perpetrators of sexual violence to commit violent crimes against indigenous women with alarming impunity. You can get a copy of the "Maze of Injustice" report online.

The event will honor one student and one community member for their contribution to the advancement of human rights. The 2008 recipients are Shawn Stuckey, a UST third-year law student, and Ahmed Sirleaf, program associate at The Advocates for Human Rights, and volunteer mediator with Community Mediation Services and the Dispute Resolution Center.

The winner of the 2008 50/50 raffle also will be announced. Raffle tickets will be on sale before the event. All of the proceeds will go toward the 2008 Amnesty International-UST Law Human Rights Summer Fellowship. If you are interested in purchasing raffle tickets, e-mail Meghan McCauley.

Register for the Human Rights Award Banquet via e-mail to lawrsvp@stthomas.edu and put "Amnesty" in the subject line.

For more information, e-mail Sarah Solz of the University St. Thomas Chapter of Amnesty International.