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Lawyer to discuss protection of human rights in Colombia, Oct. 3

Rafael Barrios-Mendivil, Colombian lawyer and human rights defender with the Lawyers' Collective "Jose Alvear Restrepo," will present a lecture, "Protecting Human Rights in Colombia: Local Action and International Collaboration," on Thursday, Oct. 3. He will speak at 4:30 p.m. in 016 Robertson Hall.

The Lawyers' Collective litigates human rights cases nationally in Colombia and internationally. Barrios-Mendivil has been with the collective since 1988, and has been addressing Colombian issues before the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations in Geneva, as well as before the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, since 1995. He currently heads the collective's Washington, D.C., office, working with the OAS and UN.

The lecture will be given in Spanish with a translator. It is cosponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Latin American Studies .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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