February 21 – SJI Visitor from Public Interest Practice for Spring 2013

Posted on February 15th, 2013 by Lauren Gutterman
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Cathy Albisa ’89,
Executive Director of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative

SJI’s Visitor from Public Interest Practice for Spring 2013:
Presentation and 1-on-1s

February 21st

We are pleased to welcome Cathy Albisa ’89, the Executive Director of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), as our Spring 2013 Visitor from Public Interest Practice. SJI’s Visitor from Practice program brings prominent practitioners in government and public interest to campus for a full day of lectures, individual meetings with students, and other programs. During her time at CLS, Ms. Albisa will deliver a public talk and meet individually with students. Details of our programs are included below.

Presentation: “Deadly Disaster or Daily Disaster?: What the Powerful Trio of Katrina, Irene and Sandy Exposed About Human Rights and Equality in the United States”

Thursday, February 21st, 12:10-1:10pm in JG 105

Ms. Albisa is a constitutional and human rights lawyer with a background in the right to health and significant experience working in partnership with community organizers in the use of human rights standards to strengthen advocacy in the United States. She co-founded NESRI in order to build legitimacy for human rights in general, and economic and social rights in particular, in the United States. She is committed to a community-centered and participatory human rights approach that is locally anchored, but universal and global in its vision. Lunch will be served. All are welcome to attend.


During the morning and afternoon of Thursday, February 21st, Ms. Albisa will meet 1-on-1 with students who are interested in her work, her organization, or careers in the economic, social, and human rights arena. Interested students can sign up by stopping by the Social Justice Initiatives office on the 9th floor of Little Warren (410 West 116th Street) and speaking with Brian Juergens. Please contact Brian (brian.juergens@law.columbia.edu) with any questions. Space is limited – interested students should sign up soon.

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