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Session 1: Stephen Bradberry

We’re kicking off the series with human rights defender Stephen Bradberry. Bradberry received the RFK Human Rights Award in 2005 for his work as a community organizer in Louisiana, where he helped to empower grassroots networks in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and ultimately shape the city’s planning process, even turning the Lower Ninth Ward into a pilot program for the rebuilding process. Currently, Bradberry is the executive director of the Alliance Institute, which provides community organizing training to nonprofits and community-based organizations in New Orleans.

Session 2: Darrick Hamilton

In the second session, featuring Darrick Hamilton, executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and a professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, both at Ohio State University. An internationally recognized scholar in the field of stratification economics, Hamilton’s work focuses on the effect of racial, gender, and ethnic inequality in education, economic, and health outcomes.

Session 3: Marina Pisklakova-Parker

Marina Pisklakova-Parker, Russia’s leading women’s rights activist and an STTP human rights defender, leads the third session in the series. Pisklakova-Parker began her advocacy work in July 1993 by starting a hotline for women in distress and founding the first women’s crisis center in Russia. Since then, she has lobbied for legislation banning abuse, brought aid to victims and prosecution to criminals, and educated women about their rights through her organization, ANNA, which operates through a network of 170 crisis centers across Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union.

Session 4: Sonita Alizadeh

Sonita Alizadeh, the host of our fourth session, is an Afghan rapper and activist working to end child marriage. Narrowly escaping a forced marriage herself when she was just 16, Alizadeh found poetry, photography, and music—rap music, in particular—to be outlets for self-expression while growing up as an undocumented refugee in Tehran. Through her music and activism, Alizadeh’s message has inspired young people around the world to join her in the fight against child marriage.

Session 5: Herron High School students

Join the STTP team and student leaders from Herron High School in Indianapolis for the final installment in the human rights defender webinar series. In this session, we’ll wrap up with a student roundtable about how educators and students can work together to take action.