Lunchtime Seminar with Eric Tars, NLCHP

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Lunchtime Seminar with Eric Tars
“Human Rights to Human Reality: Homelessness and Beyond”

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Room 162
Thomas J. Dodd Center
Storrs Campus
**Lunch will be provided

Tonight, some of the 3.5 million Americans experiencing homelessness will be sleeping safer because of international human rights advocacy. Working consistently at the local, national, and international levels for the past two decades, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty is achieving unprecedented success in getting federal agencies to address the criminalization of homelessness as a human rights violation. While our road to our success has not been direct or easy, this talk will break down our path as a case study of our experiences that we believe can help others achieve broader respect for, and practical implementation of, human rights here in America.

Eric Tars serves as the senior attorney for the National Law Center on Poverty and Homelessness, focusing on human rights and children’s rights programs. In his human rights capacity, he works with homelessness and housing advocacy organizations to train and strategically utilize human rights as a component of their work. In his youth rights capacity, he works to protect homeless students’ rights to education and advocates for homeless youth and families through trainings, litigation, and policy advocacy at the national and local levels.

Before coming to the Law Center, Eric was a Fellow with Global Rights’ U.S. Racial Discrimination Program and consulted with Columbia University Law School’s Human Rights Institute and the US Human Rights Network. Eric’s work has spanned the country and the globe. He coordinated the involvement of hundreds of organizations in the hearings of the U.S. before the UN Committee Against Torture and Human Rights in 2006. Eric has conducted numerous trainings on integrating human rights strategies into domestic advocacy, and he currently serves as the chair of the US Human Rights Network’s training committee and on the Steering Committee of the Human Rights at Home Campaign.

Eric received his J.D. as a Global Law Scholar at the Georgetown University Law Center. He received his B.A. in political science from Haverford College and studied international human rights in Vienna at the Institute for European Studies and at the University of Vienna.
This event is sponsored by the Human Rights Institute.

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