The Prosecutors' team was pleased to share several minutes of footage with ART WORKS Projects' audience members in Chicago on December 5, 2017. Discussion topics ranged from the effectiveness of prosecution on prevention of crimes to the logistical challenges of filming active investigations and court cases. We look forward to the global outreach campaign that will launch in 2018 to further these conversations around the world.
Conflict Zones and Zones of Conflict: War, Peace and the
Continuum of Sexual Violence in Eastern Africa
Whereas before the 1990s mainstream human rights rejected the notion that privately inflicted violence against women was a human rights concern, violence against women is now framed internationally as the leading cause of women’s poor health and mental well-being and a financial burden to society more broadly. East and Central Africa have been the impetus and programmatic focus of much of this shift in the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda, ongoing massive sexual violence in DR Congo and international advocacy concerning female genital cutting and early marriage. Advocacy efforts have addressed all forms of sexual and gender based violence that affect women in war and peace with initiatives to expand the positive human rights of women, including rights to equality, to reproductive and sexual health, and to participate in all spheres, including reconstruction, peace, and development.
While initial efforts in East and Central Africa focused on tertiary prevention such as psychosocial and criminal justice (DRC, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda and CAR), there is now greater recognition that pernicious societal injustices contribute to a continuum of sexual and gender based violence in refugee camps, settlement communities and the aftermath of conflict. There is growing consensus of the need to move beyond “conflict exceptionalism” and focus instead on the contexts of social injustice. As the focus of international protection programs shifts to address the social and cultural contexts of gender justice, there is much to learn about the ways in which communities themselves can and do serve as the agents of change. Specifically, little is know about community-based protection, i.e., the ways in which East and Central African refugee communities contribute to the protection and/or harm of women in host and resettlement contexts.
This one-day workshop draws upon case studies of East and Central African refugee women in the United States and Kenya in order to (1) critically examine the social contexts of injustice, (2) examine the efficacy of public health (financial ‘burden of disease’) and human rights (social justice) based approaches, (3) consider how advocacy framings and narratives of sexual and gender based violence can work as a community-based approach and, ultimately, (4) enlarge our understandings of community-based approaches in “zones of conflict” such as refugee camps, urban areas and resettlement communities by raising questions for future research.
FREE & Open to the Public
Habon Daud (Somali Advisory Council, Minn.)
Aimee Hilado (RefugeeOne)
Carol Pavlish (Public Health, UCLA)
Michael Penn (Psychology, Franklin & Marshall Collge)
Anne Ream (Voices and Faces Project)
Alisa Roadcup (Heshima Kenya)
Galya Ruffer (Northwestern University)
Leslie Thomas (ART WORKS Projects)
9:00AM-10:30AM Social Contexts of Injustice – Case Studies Across Refugee
10:45AM -12:15PM Public Health & Human Rights as Community-Based Approaches to Social Injustice
12:15PM -1:15PM Lunch (The Prosecutors film trailer)
1:15PM-3:00PM Bridging Refugee Community Settlement Contexts: the Role of Testimony and Advocacy Framings of Injustice
3:15PM-4:15PM Discussion: raising questions for future research on Community Based Protection & the Continuum of Sexual and Gender Based Violence
Prosecution of Sexual Violence Crimes & Human Trafficking
Director Leslie Thomas will join THE PROSECUTORS' legal advisor Juliet Sorensen, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University School of Law and Michelle Nasser, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Illinois in a discussion of issues related to war crimes prosecution of rape and sexual trafficking, implementation of UN Resolution 1820 and the impact on member state judicial systems, and US Prosecution of Human Trafficking. Click here to learn more and register for CLE credit.
Friday, May 1 at 8:15pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, the 4th annual Kartemquin Spring Showcase invites you to enjoy exclusive previews of never-before-seen footage from these upcoming documentaries, and give your feedback directly to the filmmakers in the theater and in a post-screening reception. The Prosecutors' team is honored to be part of this tradition and excited to see the work of our colleagues. Serving as both a window into our process and an opportunity to impact the future of these works-in-progress, this event embodies the Kartemquin spirit of collaborative creation and meaningful audience engagement.
Moderator Alison Cuddy of the Chicago Humanities Festival will host the filmmaker q&a and audience feedback portion of the event.
PLEASE JOIN US for a screening of the first footage of THE PROSECUTORS, an intimate portrait of the lives of those using the judicial system to end impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict. This 17 minute film will be followed by a discussion with experts in the field and a Q&A session with the film’s director.
SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE:
Founder and President, Women at Risk International
Galya Ruffer, J.D., Ph.D.
Director, Center for Forced Migration Studies at the Buffet Center
Juliet Sorensen, J.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Center for International Human Rights
Director, THE PROSECUTORS
Executive Director, ART WORKS Projects
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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July 23, 2014
Northwestern University School of Law
Thorne Auditorium, Arthur Rubloff Building
375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
THE SCREENING AND PANEL ARE PRESENTED BY:
The British Consulate-General Chicago
The Center for Forced Migration Studies at the Buffet Center, Northwestern University
The Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University School of Law
The UK Foreign Secretary and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, will co-chair the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCeL London. It will be the largest gathering ever brought together on this subject, with a view to creating irreversible momentum against sexual violence in conflict and practical action that impacts those on the ground.
Please join us at the for a free, public screening of the first footage from The Prosecutors, a documentary in-progress about the global effort to end impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict. This :15 minute film will be followed by an expert panel discussion and audience Q & A.
Ingrid Elliot, International Criminal Justice Expert and Gender Based Violence Expert
Charles Guy Makongo, Country Director, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, DRC
Leslie Thomas, Director, The Prosecutors & Executive Director, ART WORKS Projects
Patricia Whalen, Special Advisor to the War Crimes Chamber, Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina
June 11th, 13:00 - 14:00
Discussion Room 3, ExCeL Centre, London
FREE & Open to the Public
Light refreshments served
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THE PROSECUTORS will also be screening throughout the public portion of the summit at the Silent Cinema.
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