Law school, student to receive Human Rights Awards

(Dec. 2, 2013) The social justice work of Seattle University School of Law and student Yasmin Christopher will be honored with Human Rights Awards from the City of Seattle.

The awards will be given at an event to mark the Seattle Human Rights Commission's 50th Anniversary at a celebration of Human Rights Day scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Town Hall, 8th Avenue and Seneca.

The law school was honored for its long commitment to and multiple programs aimed at ensuring equal rights for all, including the work of the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, the Access to Justice Institute, and the many students and faculty dedicated to the cause. The law school shares the organization award with the University of Washington Center for Human Rights.

Yasmin Christopher, a third-year student who survived human trafficking as a young child and is now a spokesperson for Seattle and King County's anti-trafficking public awareness campaign, will receive the individual award.

"Our students, faculty, and alumni don't do their important human rights work for accolades, but we are grateful for this recognition," Dean Annette E. Clark said. "We're honored that Yasmin and the law school have the opportunity to be part of this  celebration of Human Rights Day."

Therese Caouette, executive director of Partners Asia, who has worked with refugees, migrants and displaced persons in Southeast Asia for more than 30 years, will speak at the event. 

For more information about the event or to request an accommodation for a disability call the Seattle Office for Civil Rights at (206) 684-4500 or visit  www.seattle.gov/civilrights/events.htm. ASL will be provided; this event is accessible and open to the public. A donation of $5 will be requested.

Human Rights Day 2013 is produced by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Human Rights Commission, World Affairs Council, United Nations Association-Seattle and University of Washington Center for Human Rights, with support from the Seattle Women's Commission, Seattle LGBT Commission, Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities, and the Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission.