The Hope and Human Rights

Speaker Series

John Prendergast
John Prendergast

Addressing “conflict minerals” in the Congo to end genocide and crimes against humanity and empower and protect Congolese women against sexual violence.

Lisa Kristine
Lisa Kristine

Acclaimed humanitarian photographer, Lisa Kristine, has traveled the world, documenting the unbearably harsh realities of modern-day slavery. Her hauntingly beautiful images illuminate the plight of the 40 million souls enslaved worldwide. Lisa’s work is among the most sought after and collected in the world and has been auctioned at Christie’s New York to benefit the United Nations. She was the sole exhibitor at the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit with Nobel Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Reverend Tutu. Partnering with Free the Slaves, she published her groundbreaking photographic book Slavery in 2010. Traveling into the heart of broiling brick kilns, down rickety mine shafts, and into hidden lairs of sex slavery, her images seek to promote understanding and build a bridge of global peace.

Kerry Kennedy
Kerry Kennedy

Speak Truth To Power, a project of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, is a multi-faceted global initiative that uses the experiences of courageous defenders from around the world to educate students and others about human rights, and urge them to take action.

President José Ramos-Horta
President José Ramos-Horta

President Jose Ramos Horta is co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent work towards achieving East Timor’s independence from Indonesia.

Ruchira Gupta
Ruchira Gupta

Ruchira Gupta reached international prominence with her Emmy award-winning documentary, The Selling of Innocents, which follows the flesh trade from its source in Katmandu to the sex factories of Bombay. Gupta is the Artists for Human Rights Ruchira Gupta APNE founder of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, which has freed over 15,000 women and girls, giving a voice to those trapped in inter-generational prostitution and moving them into self-empowerment groups and training centers.

Jack Healey
Jack Healey

Jack Healey is a world-renown human rights activist and pioneer. Called “Mr. Human Rights” by U.S. News and World Report, Healey’s focus has been on inspiring the youth to support non-violent activism that would push back oppressive governments and societies.

Gary White
Gary White

Water.org is a non-profit organization, co-founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, that is challenging the traditional approach to assisting people in developing countries. Their goals are to draw attention to the world’s number one health problem, unsafe and inadequate water supplies, and to raise funds to help fight this immense problem. Their microfinance-based WaterCredit Initiative is pioneering sustainable giving in the sector. They use their expertise to foster high-quality, sustainable, community-level water supply projects and promote innovative solutions that empower communities to take a leading role in solving their own water supply problems.

John Bul Dau
John Bul Dau