LGBTQ activists and advocates around the world have achieved unprecedented headway in the recognition, promotion and respect of human rights. Progressive governments have deliberated over and even passed legislation seeking to eviscerate discrepancies in health care access, grant marriage and partnering rights, foster safety and promote decriminalization. Some countries are following a road map toward more egalitarian societies, where being LGBTQ-identified is not a factor of exclusion or discrimination. However, despite this outstanding progress, LGBT communities throughout the world are particularly vulnerable to different types of systemic violence, human rights abuses and threats.

This event will follow the Fishbowl format, in which speakers will have a dialogue in a circle at the center of the room. Later in the presentation, interested audience members can briefly join the circle in order to share their expertise and responses, based in their own experiences. After audience members have a chance to share, our invited speakers will have final words.

Panelists to Include:
Pamela Denzer
, Immigration Equality
Breana George, NYU Wagner
Thokozani Ndaba, Ford Foundation International Fellow 2010, NYU Steinhardt
Faraz Sanei, Human Rights Watch
Sandra Villalobos, Vera Institute of Justice

Moderated by:
Karina Claudio, Make the Road New York

Speakers will discuss the following questions:
What are the manifestations of systemic violence against LGBTQ individuals and communities in the different regions of the world?
Which factors are fueling and exacerbating the violence?
What can be done to lessen the violence against LGBTQ communities in a sustainable way?

Co-sponsors:
Alliance of Latin American Students, Asian Pacific Islander Student Alliance, International Public Service Association, Stonewall Policy Alliance, Wagner International Students Society, Wagner Intersectionality Studies Is Essential, Wagner Student Association for Africa

Refreshments will be provided.