Torture Abolition & Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) International

June Survivors Week: June 21 - 24, 2017

Embracing Torture Survivors, Refugees & Immigrants

 

Wednesday, June 21

CONFERENCE AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW

LOCATION: 4300 Nebraska Ave, NW, NT01 – Ceremonial Classroom, Terrace Level, Warren Building

9:00 – 9:30 am                  Registration, coffee and tea

9:30 – 9:40 am                   Welcome from TASSC's Interim Executive Director

9:40 – 10:20 am                Keynote Address                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Adotei Akwei, Managing Director for Government Relations, Amnesty International                                                                                                                                                                                 Human Rights and the Trump Administration—the Way Forward

10:20 – 11:00 am             Special Address                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ted Kim, Deputy Chief of Asylum Division, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security 

11:00 – 12:15 pm              Human Rights, Democracy and the Trump Administration

                                                  Gregory Simpkins, Staff Director, U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Africa and Human Rights

                                                  Nii Akuetteh, Ghanaian-born independent analyst of African affairs focusing on the impact of global actors, especially the US, on Africa

                                                  Dr. Sami Baloch Badini, medical doctor and human rights activist from from Balochistan/Pakistan on A Muslim perspective on Human Rights.  

12:15 – 1:30 pm                Lunch

1:30 – 2:45 pm                   Protecting Torture Survivors, Refugees and Immigrants under the Trump Administration

                                                  Josh Rigney, Legal Services Program Manager at TASSC on the history of immigration and refugees in the US

                                                  Jason Dzubow, Immigration attorney, adjunct professor of law at George Washington University and author of The Asylumist blog on legal status                                                       of survivors, refugees and immigrants under the Trump Administration

                                                   Liz Sweet, HIAS, story of the oldest refugee resettlement organization in the US and its response to the current refugee crisis

                                                    Linda Rabben, author, Sanctuary and Asylum: A Social and Political History (2016) speaking on the history of sanctuary movement in the United                                                          States and current sanctuary jurisdictions

2:45– 3:00 pm                     Break

3:00 – 4:30 pm                    Training for Advocacy Day on June 22,  Andrea Barron, Advocacy and Outreach Program Manager, TASSC

4:30 – 5:30 pm                    Capitol Hill delegation meetings to prepare for Advocacy Day

*To register for the conference, RSVP with your name and affiliation to info@tassc.org by June 19th. Unfortunately, children cannot be accommodated at the Conference. We welcome children at the Friday Vigil and at the Community of Healing on Saturday. 

 

Thursday, June 22

ADVOCACY DAY

LOCATION: The Hill 

9:00 – 5:00 pm                        Advocacy Meetings: Delegations of survivors and TASSC supporters visit congressional offices to share their stories, support human rights and                                                        an end to torture.

 *To participate in Advocacy Day, you must attend the conference & training on June 21st. To register for the conference and advocacy day, RSVP with your name and affiliation to info@tassc.org by June 9th. 

Special Evening of Gratitude

LOCATION: TASSC OFFICE

6:30 – 8:00 pm                         Join TASSC to celebrate our community with refreshments, including special hor d'oeuvres prepared by Syrian refugee families and Ethiopian                                                         food cooked by a TASSC member. RSVP to info@tassc.org by June 19th. Unfortunately, children cannot be accommodated at this event. 

 

Friday, June 23

SURVIVOR VIGIL & Rally

LOCATION: Lafayette Park (Opposite the White House)

1:00 – 3:00 pm                      Join TASSC as we stand in solidarity with all immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and survivors of torture from around the world. Hear a                                                                     survivor testimony and live music, followed by a march to protest the Trump Administration's immigration policies and demand an end of                                                                     torture. 

 

Saturday June 24

COMMUNITY OF HEALING AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

LOCATION: TASSC OFFICE

12:00 – 2:30 pm                     Lunch for Survivors with Mary Jo DeMatteis Catering

1:00 – 2:30 pm                       Community of Healing for Survivors

2:30 – 5:30 pm                        General Assembly for TASSC members

6:00 – 10:00 pm                      Celebration at Busboys and Poets for those that have participated in Survivors Week events                                                                                                                                               LOCATION: 625 Monroe St NE, Washington, DC 20017, Pearl Bailey Room (closest metro is Brookland)

 

Sunday, June 25

TASSC BOARD MEETING

LOCATION: TASSC Office

10:00 –  4:00 pm                          Board Meeting