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INTERCULTURAL SEMINARS ON HUMAN RIGHTS

 

2019 Seminars

Check out our 2019 seminars below.

No Person is Illegal: Understanding the Central American Refugee Crisis (Jan. 13-20)

Dates: January 13-20, 2019
Cost: $995
Registration Deadline: October 15, 2018
Level 1 Seminar
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“Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal?”

Elie Wiesel

In El Salvador, participants from North and Central America will examine the Central American refugee crisis, immigration policy throughout the Americas, and international frameworks for protecting migrants. What social structures contribute to forced migration and internal displacement in El Salvador, especially for the most affected social groups? What are potential responses to this crisis? How can immigration policy be improved to uphold the rights of migrants and meet international human rights standards?

What to expect:

  • Use a human rights framework to understand the rights of migrants and refugees
  • Study how immigration policy in Central and North America impacts refugees in an increasingly connected world
  • Analyze the root causes of forced migration and internal displacement in Central America, with emphasis on specific populations in situations of vulnerability
  • Develop strategies to respond to the refugee crisis and support the rights of migrant populations

Making the Case for Asylum: Understanding Salvadoran country conditions and the international human rights law framework (Feb. 3-10)

Cost: $1,200
Early Bird Cost: $995
Registration Deadline: December 5, 2018
Early Bird Deadline: November 5, 2018
Specialized Seminar: Participants should be lawyers or other professionals working in asylum.
*CLE Credits pending
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Come to El Salvador to study country conditions and engage directly with the Salvadoran reality and improve your ability to support Salvadoran clients. Reflect on the Salvadoran context and the asylum system as a whole from a new perspective, and contribute to developing long-term solutions to the difficulties asylum-seekers face. This seminar will emphasize understanding U.S. asylum from an international humanitarian protection framework.

What to expect:

  • Deepen our understanding of country conditions in El Salvador and the unique struggles of Salvadoran refugees
  • Develop tools to better advocate on behalf of Salvadoran asylum-seekers in the U.S.
  • Analyze the shortcomings of the asylum system with an international human rights perspective
  • Apply human rights principles to work with migrants as you build your case
  • Develop goals for continued learning and collaboration with other participants and facilitators

The Cristosal Model: Applying a human rights approach to social justice (Feb. 17-23)

Dates: February 17-23, 2019
Cost: $995
Registration Deadline: November 11, 2018
Level 1 Seminar
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When confronted with poverty, violence and injustice, we all want to do something, but how can we be sure what we’re doing is really making a difference? How can we ensure that our good intentions result in sustainable, positive changes? By applying the human rights approach, we can develop responses to injustice that do just that. Using this approach, Cristosal has evolved from a small ministry of the Anglican Church in El Salvador into a human rights organization on the cutting edge of innovative programming. Join us in El Salvador, and study Cristosal’s history and work as examples of ways to use human rights principles in a variety of contexts. Together, we’ll learn to transform our work with human rights principles and develop tools to support human rights in our local communities and around the world.

What to expect:

  • Engage directly with Cristosal’s work in Central America
  • Deepen our understanding of how structures rooted in discrimination perpetuate injustice and violence
  • Study various examples of application of human rights principles in action
  • Develop tools to advocate for human rights locally and globally
  • Apply a human rights approach to responding to a variety of social justice issues

Human Rights and Resistance: Organizing for change (Mar. 10-17)

Dates: March 10-17, 2019
Cost: $995
Registration Deadline: December 10, 2018
Level 1 Seminar
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Poverty, war, police brutality, xenophobia and the rise of authoritarianism are challenging our most basic human rights around the world. What many believed would be a time of growing respect for human dignity has become a struggle to defend the fundamental human rights established in the latter half of the 20th century. As communities organize to resist these challenges, focusing and strengthening our skills and knowledge of human rights is a critical tool for change.

Join us in El Salvador to discuss human rights theory and its practical application in response to issues like discrimination, violence and migration through community organizing. Together, we can develop new strategies to organize and defend human rights at home and abroad.

What to expect:

  • Examine the historic roots of injustice in North and Central American, and how communities and organizations are responding to injustice today
  • Deepen our understanding of the human rights framework as a way of understanding injustice
  • Study various examples of community organizing around human rights issues
  • Develop tools to organize and advocate for human rights locally and globally
  • Apply a human rights approach to responding to a variety of social justice issues

The Central American Refugee Crisis: A faithful response (Mar. 22-29)

Dates: March 22-29, 2019
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: December 22, 2018
Level 2 Seminar
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In 2016 alone, an estimated 244,200 people were internally displaced in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. As people of faith, we are called to advocate for justice for all, especially the most vulnerable. This seminar provides an opportunity to deepen our understanding of human rights, apply this understanding to the Central American refugee crisis, and develop concrete tools to respond.

What to expect:

  • Deepen our understanding of a human rights framework to understand the rights of migrants and refugees
  • Study international policy on forced migration in Central America and the world
  • Analyze the root causes of forced migration and internal displacement in Central America
  • Discuss responses to this crisis and potential approaches to prevention
  • Develop strategies to respond to the refugee crisis and support the rights of migrant populations

State Violence and Police Brutality: Applying international human rights standards to local challenges (Apr. 7-14)

Dates: April 7-14, 2019
Cost: $995
Registration Deadline: January 7, 2019
Level 2 Seminar
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Who do you turn to for justice when law enforcement is the perpetrator?

This seminar will bring activists from North and Central America together to strategize on how marginalized communities can learn from each other on fighting back against state-sponsored violence. Using a human rights framework, we will learn from each other of how the securitization of state-citizen relations which disproportionately affects the poor and people of color. The experience will include visits to Salvadoran communities organizing to respond to state violence, time at historic sites in El Salvador commemorating the struggle for human rights, and the opportunity to exchange ideas for action with other human rights activists who participate in the seminar.

What to expect:

  • Use a human rights framework to understand the state’s obligation to protect and guarantee internationally recognized fundamental human rights.
  • Examine the history of mass incarceration, police militarization, and immigration policy, and how this history laid the groundwork for present-day human rights abuses
  • Study different forms of state violence including institutionalized discrimination and police abuse
  • Analyze the unique challenges of specific populations in situations of vulnerability
  • Develop strategies to strengthen solidarity and respond to police brutality and oppression in local and global contexts

LGBTI+ People, Hate Crimes and Other Violence: Working together to defend basic rights (May 12-19)

Dates: May 12-19, 2019
Cost: $995
Registration Deadline: February 11, 2019
Level 2 Seminar

“I was terrified of going to hell for what I feel... [my father] threatened to throw me out of the house, it was hard.”

People who identify with a diverse sexual orientation or gender identity in El Salvador face enormous obstacles in society and suffer violations of their human rights due to homophobia and machismo in civil society. This sexism justifies much of the violence towards LGBTI+ people as “corrective,” claiming that by eradicating LGBTI+ traits from someone, they can become “normal.” Because much of the violence is considered “corrective,” it goes unaddressed. In recent years, the Salvadoran state has responded to pressure from human rights activists, recognizing some of the discrimination and rights violations these populations experience. However, new laws and policies responding to these issues are not well enforced, nor do they address all the forms of violence these populations face. Join LGBTI+ activists from North and Central America to discuss the discrimination the LGBTI+ population faces in different cultural contexts and how we can respond to hate crimes, violence, and discrimination in local communities and around the world.

What to expect:

  • Deepen our understanding of a human rights framework as a way to understand the situation of LGBTI+ populations
  • Study the relationship between different forms of violence, including direct violence, corrective violence, institutionalized discrimination, and prejudicial attitudes
  • Discuss the intersection of LGBTI+ identities with other marginalized groups (e.g. migrants, the poor, etc.)
  • Examine how different communities and organizations are responding to discrimination and violence
  • Develop strategies and skills in organizing for change

Community-based Peacebuilding: Addressing violence with a rights-based approach (Jun. 3-10)

Dates: June 3-10, 2019
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: March 3, 2019
Level 2 Seminar

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Polarizing issues like hate crimes, gun violence and police brutality dominate public discourse and all too often, our lives. As we address violence as communities, we must uncover complicated relationships of cause and effect to respond effectively.

Join us in El Salvador to analyze various causes and expressions of violence in different cultural contexts, and how local communities, faith groups and government institutions are addressing this violence. See how our interconnectedness in an increasingly globalized world has contributed to this violence, but also how our connections can be leveraged as a tool for peacebuilding. Using the human rights approach, we can develop new strategies for preventing violences both in our local communities and abroad. Together, we can build a more peaceful world.

What to expect:

  • Deepen our understanding of the human rights framework
  • Study theories of violence and violence prevention
  • Analyze the causes and effects of various expressions of violence in different cultural contexts
  • Discuss different strategies for violence prevention and peacebuilding and their practical application
  • Apply a human rights approach to addressing violence locally and globally

Human Rights and Youth Leadership (Jul. 20-27)

Dates: July 20-27, 2019
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: April 21, 2019
Specialized Seminar: Participants should be between 14 and 22 years of age. Chaperones required.
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Youth around the world–especially minorities–face unique challenges as they encounter discrimination based on their age, abuse and violence. As the people facing these struggles, youth are in a unique position to confront these issues and respond to them. Through this seminar, we will embrace our ability to take leadership and develop responses to these issues from a youth perspective, incorporating our faith. The seminar will use a human rights framework and an intercultural perspective on issues that affect youth around the world, including discrimination and access to justice.

What to expect:

  • • Familiarize ourselves with human rights principles and relate them to our faith
  • Examine human rights issues that affect youth at home and around the world
  • Study the structural roots of injustice and violence in a variety of contexts
  • Strengthen leadership skills with special emphasis on community organizing and creating leadership structures that emphasize participation and equality
  • Develop responses to injustice by applying a human rights approach

Making the Case for Asylum: Understanding Guatemalan country conditions and the international human rights law framework (Oct. 20-27)

Dates: October 20-27, 2019
Cost: $1,200
Early Bird Cost: $995
Registration Deadline: August 21, 2019
Early Bird Deadline: July 22, 2019
Specialized Seminar: Participants should be lawyers or other professionals working in asylum, especially with children.
*CLE Credits pending

Come to Guatemala City to study country conditions and engage directly with the Guatemalan reality, improving your ability to support Guatemalan clients. Reflect on the Central American context and the asylum system as a whole from a new perspective, and contribute to developing long-term solutions to the difficulties asylum-seekers face. This seminar will emphasize understanding U.S. asylum from an international humanitarian protection framework. The second offering of this seminar will focus more specifically on the experience of child migrants.

What to expect:

  • Deepen our understanding of country conditions in Guatemala and the unique struggles of Guatemala refugees
  • Develop tools to better advocate on behalf of Salvadoran asylum-seekers in the U.S.
  • Analyze the shortcomings of the asylum system with an international human rights perspective
  • Apply human rights principles to work with migrants as you build your case
  • Develop goals for continued learning and collaboration with other participants and facilitators
 

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About The Global School of Human Rights

The Global School of Human Rights equips human rights leaders with knowledge and tools for action.

We facilitate intercultural week-long seminars in El Salvador. Using a participatory model, students and facilitators share in the learning experience. Together, religious, student and professional leaders from different cultural backgrounds engage with one another and learn how to promote and defend human rights through the lens of the Central American experience.

We base our courses on Cristosal’s original research and programming, as well as years of experience in human rights education. All seminars include discussions led by experts working in the field, community field visits, meetings with civil leaders and intercultural exchange between North and Central American participants.

Our human rights seminars are for anyone interested in participating in processes for change locally and globally. Global School courses can serve as platforms for team building, skills building, complements to academic study, and continuing education or professional development programs. Seminars are classified according to level of intensity as follows:

Level 1 Seminars (Introductory) assume basic familiarity with El Salvador and/or human rights, and introduce Salvadoran history, human rights, and the listed topic.

Level 2 Seminars (Intermediate) assume intermediate familiarity with El Salvador and/or human rights. These seminars will review the Salvadoran context, but emphasize deeper theoretical knowledge and more advanced practical application.

Specialized Seminars are geared toward a specific field or population, providing opportunities for professionals to become more effective human rights advocates.

 Intercultural human rights seminar in El Salvador

The Cristosal Internship Program

If you are looking for a longer-term program, check out our Cristosal Intern Program to learn more about working with Cristosal and developing your skills in human rights work.

What are people saying about the Global School?

Move the cursor over the pictures to read what our alumni are saying and learn what makes us unique!

  The Human Rights Approach   "Too often we want to make a difference in the world and unintentionally do 'toxic charity.' We too often compound suffering by disempowering and creating dependence.  Cristosal's human rights model respects the dignity of every human being and strives for justice for all ."–Susan Copley  "The Cristosal program  gave me a different perspective on how to leave an imprint on the world. "–Sage Sularz

The Human Rights Approach

"Too often we want to make a difference in the world and unintentionally do 'toxic charity.' We too often compound suffering by disempowering and creating dependence. Cristosal's human rights model respects the dignity of every human being and strives for justice for all."–Susan Copley

"The Cristosal program gave me a different perspective on how to leave an imprint on the world."–Sage Sularz

  Human Rights Theory   "I find myself wondering about  what a human rights based approach would look like all over the place , whether I'm marching in the streets for racial justice or talking with colleagues about the shape and language of worship in the Episcopal Church. Our discernment of core values such as compassion, justice, and love can help focus  not only our choice of activities but our approach to them. "–Elizabeth Scriven  "This course has given me  theory/knowledge and stories/experience  in which to anchor my work going forward."–AnnaMarie Hoos

Human Rights Theory

"I find myself wondering about what a human rights based approach would look like all over the place, whether I'm marching in the streets for racial justice or talking with colleagues about the shape and language of worship in the Episcopal Church. Our discernment of core values such as compassion, justice, and love can help focus not only our choice of activities but our approach to them."–Elizabeth Scriven

"This course has given me theory/knowledge and stories/experience in which to anchor my work going forward."–AnnaMarie Hoos

  Practical Applications   "I learned more about the importance of my role as a religious leader and person of faith in the  construction of a culture of peace and advocacy for the application of justice. "–Álvaro Durán  "I did my first merits hearing as a clinic student. My client was a Salvadoran male who has been in the US longer than I have been alive.  Without a doubt, attending the Cristosal conference , having been to El Salvador and getting to learn about my client's background  made me a much better advocate for him! "–Caroline Barrow

Practical Applications

"I learned more about the importance of my role as a religious leader and person of faith in the construction of a culture of peace and advocacy for the application of justice."–Álvaro Durán

"I did my first merits hearing as a clinic student. My client was a Salvadoran male who has been in the US longer than I have been alive. Without a doubt, attending the Cristosal conference, having been to El Salvador and getting to learn about my client's background made me a much better advocate for him!"–Caroline Barrow

  Expert Staff   "Every single presenter was  incredibly knowledgeable   and passionate  about human rights."–Matt Stone  "There’s a special richness of this Global School, and that is because  all the information shared is backed up by experiential work. "–Anaelí Rodas

Expert Staff

"Every single presenter was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about human rights."–Matt Stone

"There’s a special richness of this Global School, and that is because all the information shared is backed up by experiential work."–Anaelí Rodas

  Intercultural Engagement   "The remarkable simultaneous interpretation by Cristosal  allowed group members to participate and contribute in ways they had never been able to  on several prior trips."–Rafael Pupo  "What always seems to impact me the most is  the relationships that I develop  with the Salvadoran people."–Cindy Hammaker  "The examples here in El Salvador were very enriching,  as was sharing with our foreign friends. "-Erika Díaz

Intercultural Engagement

"The remarkable simultaneous interpretation by Cristosal allowed group members to participate and contribute in ways they had never been able to on several prior trips."–Rafael Pupo

"What always seems to impact me the most is the relationships that I develop with the Salvadoran people."–Cindy Hammaker

"The examples here in El Salvador were very enriching, as was sharing with our foreign friends."-Erika Díaz

  Discussion and Dialogue-based Seminars   "We  listened to the Salvadoran story and talked about our own story in America  and to see how these are the results of human rights violations in the past that have not been addressed."–Susan Copley  "The expertise of the Salvadoran teachers gave us a common vocabulary to be in honest dialogue about difficult topics.  We learned so much about each other. "–Barbara Magee

Discussion and Dialogue-based Seminars

"We listened to the Salvadoran story and talked about our own story in America and to see how these are the results of human rights violations in the past that have not been addressed."–Susan Copley

"The expertise of the Salvadoran teachers gave us a common vocabulary to be in honest dialogue about difficult topics. We learned so much about each other."–Barbara Magee

Submit Global School Payment

Unless otherwise noted, $500 dollars are due by the registration deadline to reserve your space, and the remaining amount is due 1 month (30 days) before the start date.

Pay by Check

Checks should be made out to Cristosal, with the name of the participant and “Global School” in the memo line, addressed to:

Cristosal, Attn: Global School
401 W. Division Street #9641
Syracuse NY 13290

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Any online processing fees are already included in the tuition cost.

FAQ

Why study human rights?

We believe every human being is inherently equal in rights and dignity. This belief in human rights provides both an ideal to strive for and a strategy for moving towards this ideal. The human rights framework provides us with a way of understanding conflict and poverty in the world as violations of human rights, rooted in inequality and discrimination. This framework also outlines an approach to responding to injustice by empowering people to participate in their own development and advocate for human rights. The Global School empowers participants to understand and apply this approach in their own lives, work, and promotion of human rights.

What does my Global School tuition include?

Lodging, transportation during the seminar, three meals a day, coordination and logistics, interpretation and trip guide, workshop leaders and speakers, and activities in communities. The tuition also includes a contribution to the Salvadoran participant scholarship fund.

Your tuition does NOT include: Additional food, beverages, souvenirs, alcohol, airfare, $10 tourist visa, or any activities outside of our planned itinerary.

When is my Global School tuition due? Are there payment plans available?

Unless otherwise noted, $500 dollars are due by the registration deadline to reserve your space, and the remaining amount is due 1 month (30 days) before the start date. If you are unable to make the payments by the deadlines, please email globalschool@cristosal.org to discuss payment plan options.

When should I arrive in El Salvador?

When arranging travel, plan to arrive on the first day of the seminar and leave on the last day. Typically, we schedule an orientation the evening of the first day, but have no other programming on the first or last day. You are welcome to arrive early or leave late if you want to do activities outside of the seminar itinerary, and we can schedule extra nights in the guest house for an additional fee.

What kind of accommodations will we stay in during a Global School Seminar?

Your lodging in El Salvador will be simple, but clean, safe and with hot water. You will sleep dormitory-style with shared rooms divided by gender (men, women, non-binary, etc.). When possible, we can arrange for family members to stay together. In your application you can note any specific needs (medical, dietary or otherwise), and we will accommodate these needs as best we can. Additionally, your seminar may involve visits to rural and poor communities with very basic living conditions (i.e. outdoor toilets, no running water), and may require long walks or bus rides under high heat.

If you need or want a private room, contact us at globalschool@cristosal.org and we will do our best to place you in a private room. Keep in mind that this may have an additional charge depending on the space available at the guest house and the circumstances.

Are refunds available if I can’t attend a seminar? What if Cristosal cancels a seminar?

All participant cancellations and refund requests must be submitted in writing to Cristosal. Group cancellation notices and refund requests received prior to one month before trip departure will be issued a full refund. There is no refund for groups that cancel after one month prior to departure. Individual cancellation notices and refund requests received prior to one month before trip departure will be issued a full refund. There is no refund for participants who cancel less than thirty days prior to departure, unless the cancellation is due to family emergencies or medical reasons. In that case, Cristosal will work with the person to issue a partial refund or transfer the trip fee for up to one year. Cristosal reserves the right to cancel a trip for a safety or security reasons, and will attempt to make alternative arrangements for the trip before cancelation. If Cristosal cancels a trip, a total refund will be given.

Who can participate in the Global School?

Seminars are for anyone interested in participating in processes for change locally and globally. Our courses can serve as platforms for team building, skills building, complements to academic study, and continuing education or professional development programs. Seminars are classified according to level of intensity as follows:

  • Level 1 Seminars (Introductory) assume basic familiarity with El Salvador and/or human rights, and introduce Salvadoran history, human rights, and the listed topic.
  • Level 2 Seminars (Intermediate) assume intermediate familiarity with El Salvador and/or human rights. These seminars will review the Salvadoran context, but emphasize deeper theoretical knowledge and more advanced practical application.
  • Specialized Seminars are geared toward a specific field or population, providing opportunities for professionals to become more effective human rights advocates

Do I need to speak Spanish to participate in a seminar?

There is no language requirement for participation. All courses include interpretation between English and Spanish as needed, and our methodology is designed to foster meaningful intercultural interactions across language barriers.

What can I expect to gain from a Global School Seminar?

We design Global School courses to pair human rights theory with direct experience through field visits and workshops. Participants will gain both a solid grounding in theory and practical tools to be advocates and defenders of human rights. The mutual participation of North Americans with local Salvadorans interested in the same theme provides rich, intercultural perspectives unique to Global School courses.

Why El Salvador?

Whether your interests lie in Latin America or elsewhere, El Salvador is a compelling setting in which to study human rights, community development, human mobility and migration, and violence and peacebuilding. Its recent tragic history of grave human rights violations, and inspiring resistance and progress toward greater freedom are powerful testimonies to our ability to effect social change and serve as models to look at human rights challenges in our world today. Located at the center of the American continents, El Salvador is a global crossroads, offering a unique perspective on how our interconnectedness and global relationships affect vulnerable populations.

Is El Salvador safe for foreign travelers?

Cristosal has 15 years of experience safely hosting groups of North Americans in El Salvador. Most people find El Salvador to be a beautiful country and Salvadorans to be inspiring and extraordinarily welcoming hosts. We do ask that participants abide by Cristosal’s security guidelines, in order to reduce the risk that you would be affected by any type of crime or incident, including petty theft.

Check out our Safety and Health Guidelines for our recommendations on how to minimize your risk while in El Salvador and get the most out of your time with us.

What immunizations should I get before I come?

Before visiting El Salvador, have all routine vaccinations up-to-date. While we take substantial precautions to ensure all food and drink is healthy and uncontaminated, it may be a good idea to get Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations, though they aren't required. Risk of contracting malaria or rabies are relatively low in El Salvador, but the Center for Disease Control does recommend that some travelers get vaccinated. We recommend bringing bug spray and not playing with stray dogs in the street to reduce this risk as much as possible. See the Center for Disease Control's website for the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on vaccines.