PHRGE Forums are thought-provoking lunchtime lectures during which leading human rights practitioners engage in discussion with law students in an informal setting. Forums aim to foster dialogue among students on cutting-edge human rights issues and provide an opportunity to learn from and network with experts in the field.

Past Forums

  • October 25, 2017: "Impunity and Human Rights in the Time of Trump: Caso El Mozote," featuring David Morales, lawyer in the El Mozote case. Co-sponsored by the National Lawyer's Guild and the Human Rights Caucus. 
  • September 7, 2017: "From Law School to Human Rights Leadership: A Personal Account," featuring Guest Speaker: Jillian Tuck ’12, Manager, Institutional Partnerships, Fortifying Rights. While at NUSL, Jillian Tuck ’12 focused on human rights and immigration courses and was a PHRGE fellow.  She described her path from law student to the leadership of Fortifying Rights, an important human rights organization in Southeast Asia.
  • March 10, 2017: "A Decade of Human Rights and Environmental Laywering in West Africa," featuring Alfred Brownell, Campaigner, Green Advocates Liberia and Visiting Scholar, Northeastern Universtiy School of Law. Co-sponsored by the Kemet Chapter of the Black Law Students Association, NUSL's LLM Program and Human Rights Caucus.
  • November 3, 2016: "Human Rights for the Barrios of Quito, Ecuador," featuring José Luis Echeverría of Movemiento Mi Cometa. Co-sponsored by:Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), Northeastern's Latino/a Student Center and NUSL's Human Rights Caucus and Latin American Law Students Association.
  • April 7, 2016: "The Human Rights of Migrants: A Central American Perspective," featuring Mirna Perla Jiménez, Judge, Professor of Law, and Justice of the Supreme Court of El Salvador. Co-sponsored by Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador. (CISPES)
  • April 11, 2016: "Ones Left Behind: The Impact of Migration on Communities in Rural Guatemala," featuring Luisa Hernandez Simaj and Jose Daniel Chich from the Human Rights and Migration Project in Zacualpa, Quiché, Guatemala. Co-sponsored by Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.
  • March 2016: "Working in Fear: Sexual Violence Against Women Farmworkers in the United States," featuring Sarah Kominers, PHRGE Program Associate and former fellow at Oxfam America. While sexual violence in the workplace has been studied extensively, relatively little of that literature addresses the problem as it affects women farmworkers in the United States. Sarah explored the characteristics of sexual violence in the farms and fields, as well as the unique challenges faced by those who see to eradicate it.  Co-sponsored by Northeastern University's Domestic Violence Institute.
  • July 2015: Senior Program Officer at Physicians for Human Rights, Sucharita Varanasi, discussed efforts to forge networks of collaboration among medical, legal and law enforcement sectors to support accountability for sexual violence in East and Central Africa, and about the development of mobile application technology to document human rights abuses in low-resourced settings.
  • March 2015: Assistant Director of PHRGE Jillian Tuck spoke about the rapid expansion of immigration detention for children and families on the US/Mexico border.
  • October 2014: Purvi Patel of La Isla Foundation spoke about her work to uncover the cause of chronic kidney disease among Central American sugar workers.