The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Launches the "State of Rights" Series

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 2, 2014

The State Department is pleased to announce the launch of the “State of Rights” series on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. State of Rights brings together experts and citizens for an interactive dialogue on global trends that affect both emerging powers and fledgling democracies. By using the Twitter hashtag #StateofRights, online audiences can join the discussion and debate on policies of global importance and engage government and policy leaders during regularly scheduled online conversations. Each event in the series will be translated into a variety of languages and archived to allow civil society organizations and others to easily download the discussions and share through local networks.

The first event is a panel discussion on “The Cost of Corruption” on September 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM EDT at the OpenGov Hub in Washington, D.C. The conversation will focus on the impact and changing face of corruption in the 21st century, as well as highlight the ways that civil society and government can help reduce corruption by promoting and protecting human rights, and reduce human rights violations by fighting corruption. The panel will include: Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski; Jean Pesme, Coordinator for the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative at the World Bank; Shruti Shah, Senior Policy Director at Transparency International; and Heather Lowe, Legal Counsel and Director of Government Affairs at Global Financial Integrity. The discussion will be moderated by Nathaniel Heller, Executive Director of Global Integrity.

The second event, “Citizen Activism: Building Coalitions for Civil Rights,” will take place on Tuesday, September 9 at 9:00 AM EDT at the Newseum. The discussion will include Department of State Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, Judith Heumann; Retired Representative Barney Frank, 4th Congressional District, Massachusetts; and Wade Henderson, President and CEO at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The event will be moderated by PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff.

For additional information, including how to RSVP, participate in the conversation on Twitter, and view a live video stream of each event, please go to Contact Kim Shechtman – or 202-647-4046 – for information on upcoming events in the State of Rights.