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2019 Seminars

Check out our 2019 seminars below.

No Person is Illegal: Understanding the Central American Refugee Crisis: Jan. 13-20, 2019

Dates: January 13-20, 2019
Cost: $995
Registration Deadline: October 15, 2018
Level 1 Seminar

“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

Cost: $1,200
Early Bird Cost: $995
Registration Deadline: August 15, 2019
Early Bird Deadline: July 15, 2019
Specialized Seminar: Participants should be lawyers or other professionals working in asylum.
*CLE Credits pending

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

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

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

Dates: March 10-17, 2019
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: December 10, 2018
Level 1 Seminar

Recent events have many of us wondering whether we are in a period of global democratic regression as democracies around the world embrace populist and/or autocratic leaders. Following the 2018 Salvadoran municipal elections on March 4th, this seminar will examine this trend and analyze the causes and effects of this regression. How can democracies be tools for ensuring participation and respect for human rights? Where do they fall short? How can the human rights approach inform our political system?

What to expect:

  • Learn about human rights and analyze democracy as a means of participation
  • Examine the factors that contribute to the global trend of democratic regression
  • Discuss ways to build the capacity for government systems to respect, protect and fulfill human rights
  • Develop tools to ensure the respect of human rights in democratic elections and beyond

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

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

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

Rights-based Response to Violence: Addressing violence in local communities and abroad: Jun. 3-10

Dates: June 3-10, 2019
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: March 3, 2019
Level 1 Seminar

“Living with violence forges and affects the identities of individuals and collectives. It is not possible approach the work of social transformation without considering how people and communities have been transformed by living with violence.”

When examining the ways violence affects us, we need to look at the wide variety of expressions of violence, including hate crimes, police brutality, gun violence, etc. Join us in El Salvador to analyze various expressions of violence in different cultural contexts, and how local communities, faith groups and government agencies are responding. Using the human rights approach, we can develop new ways of preventing violence and building peace both in our local communities and abroad.

What to expect:

  • Deepen our understanding 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 their practical application
  • Apply the human rights approach to developing responses to violence locally and globally

Challenges for Researchers in Violent Environments: Jun. 30-Jul. 7

Dates: June 30- July 7, 2019
Cost: $995. Scholarships may be available to some participants.
Registration deadline: April 1, 2019
Specialized Seminar: Participants should be academics and other researchers (journalists and Human rights monitors) working in violent contexts.

Join fellow researchers working in a variety of violent environments to learn from one another’s experiences in the field. Discuss the application of a human rights framework to address key issues in research methodology, security and ethics. Develop general advice about conducting research in violent environments, and explore the limits of that advice. See the Call for Papers (above) for more details.

What to expect:

  • Examine various forms of violence and violent contexts and how they impact research
  • Discuss the political dimensions of research work
  • Discuss how security and violence impact the findings and application
  • Analyze the challenges to methodology and ethics in researching in violent contexts
  • Develop general advice about conducting research in violent environments to promote best practices
  • Contribute to a special edition of a peer-reviewed social science journal (English language)

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.

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 Salvadoran country conditions and the international human rights law framework: Oct. 17-24

Dates: October 17-24, 2019
Cost: $1,200
Early Bird Cost: $995
Registration Deadline: August 15, 2019
Early Bird Deadline: July 15, 2019
Specialized Seminar: Participants should be lawyers or other professionals working in asylum, especially with children.
*CLE Credits pending

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. 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 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

State Violence, Torture and Police Abuse: Applying international human rights standards to local challenges

Dates: TBD 2019
Cost: $995
Registration Deadline: TBD, 2019
Level 2 Seminar

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

Violence, Security and Peacebuilding

These seminars focus on specific expressions of violence, such as hate crimes or state violence, and on understanding such violence using a human rights framework as well as developing responses using the human rights approach.

Migration and Forced Displacement

These seminars focus specifically on issues of migration and displacement. We examine the causes and effects of migration in the context of the international human rights framework, and discuss responses to migration. How do some responses exacerbate existing problems, and how we can develop more effective responses using the human rights approach?

 

No Person is Illegal: Understanding the Central American Refugee Crisis: Jan. 13-20, 2019

Dates: January 13-20, 2019
Cost: $995
Registration Deadline: October 15, 2018
Level 1 Seminar

“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

Cost: $1,200
Early Bird Cost: $995
Registration Deadline: August 15, 2019
Early Bird Deadline: July 15, 2019
Specialized Seminar: Participants should be lawyers or other professionals working in asylum.
*CLE Credits pending

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

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

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

Dates: March 10-17, 2019
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: December 10, 2018
Level 1 Seminar

Recent events have many of us wondering whether we are in a period of global democratic regression as democracies around the world embrace populist and/or autocratic leaders. Following the 2018 Salvadoran municipal elections on March 4th, this seminar will examine this trend and analyze the causes and effects of this regression. How can democracies be tools for ensuring participation and respect for human rights? Where do they fall short? How can the human rights approach inform our political system?

What to expect:

  • Learn about human rights and analyze democracy as a means of participation
  • Examine the factors that contribute to the global trend of democratic regression
  • Discuss ways to build the capacity for government systems to respect, protect and fulfill human rights
  • Develop tools to ensure the respect of human rights in democratic elections and beyond

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

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

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

Challenges for Researchers in Violent Environments: Jun. 30-Jul. 7

Dates: June 30- July 7, 2019
Cost: $995. Scholarships may be available to some participants.
Registration deadline: April 1, 2019
Specialized Seminar: Participants should be academics and other researchers (journalists and Human rights monitors) working in violent contexts.

Join fellow researchers working in a variety of violent environments to learn from one another’s experiences in the field. Discuss the application of a human rights framework to address key issues in research methodology, security and ethics. Develop general advice about conducting research in violent environments, and explore the limits of that advice. See the Call for Papers (above) for more details.

What to expect:

  • Examine various forms of violence and violent contexts and how they impact research
  • Discuss the political dimensions of research work
  • Discuss how security and violence impact the findings and application
  • Analyze the challenges to methodology and ethics in researching in violent contexts
  • Develop general advice about conducting research in violent environments to promote best practices
  • Contribute to a special edition of a peer-reviewed social science journal (English language)

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.

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 Salvadoran country conditions and the international human rights law framework: Oct. 17-24

Dates: October 17-24, 2019
Cost: $1,200
Early Bird Cost: $995
Registration Deadline: August 15, 2019
Early Bird Deadline: July 15, 2019
Specialized Seminar: Participants should be lawyers or other professionals working in asylum, especially with children.
*CLE Credits pending

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. 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 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

State Violence and Police Abuse: Applying international human rights standards to local challenges

Dates: TBD 2019
Cost: $995
Registration Deadline: TBD, 2019
Level 2 Seminar

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

2018 Seminars

Applying a Human Rights Framework to Community Engagement

The Cristosal Model: Applying a human rights approach to social justice

Cristosal Model

Dates: February 6-13, 2018
Cost: $970 ($1,220 for a private room)
Registration Deadline: November 5, 2017
Level 1 Seminar
Download and share a flyer!

Cristosal has evolved tremendously since its inception in the early 2000s, from a small ministry of the Anglican Church in El Salvador to a human rights organization on the cutting edge of innovative programming spanning three countries. Throughout this transition, we have been committed to a faithful vision to accompany and learn with the Salvadoran people. Study Cristosal’s history and work as examples of ways to use human rights principles in a variety of contexts, developing tools to support human rights in El Salvador and worldwide. The first offering of this seminar will take place during Cristosal’s board of directors meeting.

What to expect:

  • Engage directly with Cristosal’s work in Central America
  • Deepen our understanding of how structures rooted in discrimination perpetuate injustice
  • Apply a human rights approach to promoting social justice in our local context
  • Develop tools to help empower vulnerable populations and build capacities of state actors
  • Learn to advocate for human rights locally and globally

Elections, Democracy, and Human Rights

Dates: March 4-11, 2018
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: December 5, 2017
Level 2 Seminar

Recent events have many of us wondering whether we are in a period of global democratic regression as democracies around the world embrace populist and/or autocratic leaders. Following the 2018 Salvadoran municipal elections on March 4th, this seminar will examine this trend and analyze the causes and effects of this regression. How can democracies be tools for ensuring participation and respect for human rights? Where do they fall short? How can the human rights approach inform our political system?

What to expect:

  • Learn about human rights and analyze democracy as a means of participation
  • Examine the factors that contribute to the global trend of democratic regression
  • Discuss ways to build the capacity for government systems to respect, protect and fulfill human rights
  • Develop tools to ensure the respect of human rights in democratic elections and beyond

The Cristosal Model: Applying a human rights approach to social justice

Dates: April 22-29, 2018
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: January 23 2018
Level 1 Seminar

Cristosal has evolved tremendously since its inception in the early 2000s, from a small ministry of the Anglican Church in El Salvador to a human rights organization on the cutting edge of innovative programming spanning three countries. Throughout this transition, we have been committed to a faithful vision to accompany and learn with the Salvadoran people. Study Cristosal’s history and work as examples of ways to use human rights principles in a variety of contexts, developing tools to support human rights in El Salvador and worldwide. The second offering of this seminar is designed for participants with a Christian background.

What to expect:

  • Engage directly with Cristosal’s work in Central America
  • Deepen our understanding of how structures rooted in discrimination perpetuate injustice
  • Apply a human rights approach to promoting social justice in our local context
  • Develop tools to help empower vulnerable populations and build capacities of state actors
  • Learn to advocate for human rights locally and globally

Human Rights and Youth Leadership

Dates: July 7-14, 2018, 2018
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: April 8, 2018
Specialized Seminar: Participants should be between 14 and 22 years of age. Chaperones required.

Youth around the world face unique challenges, from overcoming age-based discrimination to being victims of abuse. As the ones facing these struggles, youth also have the opportunity 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 Christian 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 the Christian faith
  • Examine human rights issues that affect youth in our local contexts, El Salvador, and 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 locally and globally by applying a human rights approach

Active Resistance and Human Rights: Organizing for change

Dates: Fall 2018, 2018

Cost: $995
Level 2 Seminar

This seminar is still being developed. If you or someone you know is interested in joining us, helping us recruit participants for this seminar, or just wants to learn more, contact us at globalschool@cristosal.org.

Applying a Human Rights Framework to Community Engagement

The Cristosal Model: Applying a human rights approach to social justice

Cristosal Model

Dates: February 6-13, 2018
Cost: $970 ($1,220 for a private room)
Registration Deadline: November 5, 2017
Level 1 Seminar
Download and share a flyer!

Cristosal has evolved tremendously since its inception in the early 2000s, from a small ministry of the Anglican Church in El Salvador to a human rights organization on the cutting edge of innovative programming spanning three countries. Throughout this transition, we have been committed to a faithful vision to accompany and learn with the Salvadoran people. Study Cristosal’s history and work as examples of ways to use human rights principles in a variety of contexts, developing tools to support human rights in El Salvador and worldwide. The first offering of this seminar will take place during Cristosal’s board of directors meeting.

What to expect:

  • Engage directly with Cristosal’s work in Central America
  • Deepen our understanding of how structures rooted in discrimination perpetuate injustice
  • Apply a human rights approach to promoting social justice in our local context
  • Develop tools to help empower vulnerable populations and build capacities of state actors
  • Learn to advocate for human rights locally and globally

Elections, Democracy, and Human Rights

Dates: March 4-11, 2018
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: December 5, 2017
Level 2 Seminar

Recent events have many of us wondering whether we are in a period of global democratic regression as democracies around the world embrace populist and/or autocratic leaders. Following the 2018 Salvadoran municipal elections on March 4th, this seminar will examine this trend and analyze the causes and effects of this regression. How can democracies be tools for ensuring participation and respect for human rights? Where do they fall short? How can the human rights approach inform our political system?

What to expect:

  • Learn about human rights and analyze democracy as a means of participation
  • Examine the factors that contribute to the global trend of democratic regression
  • Discuss ways to build the capacity for government systems to respect, protect and fulfill human rights
  • Develop tools to ensure the respect of human rights in democratic elections and beyond

The Cristosal Model: Applying a human rights approach to social justice

Dates: April 22-29, 2018
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: January 23 2018
Level 1 Seminar

Cristosal has evolved tremendously since its inception in the early 2000s, from a small ministry of the Anglican Church in El Salvador to a human rights organization on the cutting edge of innovative programming spanning three countries. Throughout this transition, we have been committed to a faithful vision to accompany and learn with the Salvadoran people. Study Cristosal’s history and work as examples of ways to use human rights principles in a variety of contexts, developing tools to support human rights in El Salvador and worldwide. The second offering of this seminar is designed for participants with a Christian background.

What to expect:

  • Engage directly with Cristosal’s work in Central America
  • Deepen our understanding of how structures rooted in discrimination perpetuate injustice
  • Apply a human rights approach to promoting social justice in our local context
  • Develop tools to help empower vulnerable populations and build capacities of state actors
  • Learn to advocate for human rights locally and globally
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Human Rights and Youth Leadership

Dates: July 7-14, 2018, 2018
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: April 8, 2018
Specialized Seminar: Participants should be between 14 and 22 years of age. Chaperones required.

Youth around the world face unique challenges, from overcoming age-based discrimination to being victims of abuse. As the ones facing these struggles, youth also have the opportunity 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 Christian 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 the Christian faith
  • Examine human rights issues that affect youth in our local contexts, El Salvador, and 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 locally and globally by applying a human rights approach

Active Resistance and Human Rights: Organizing for change

Dates: Fall 2018, 2018

Cost: $995
Level 2 Seminar

This seminar is still being developed. If you or someone you know is interested in joining us, helping us recruit participants for this seminar, or just wants to learn more, contact us at globalschool@cristosal.org.

Violence, Security, and Peacebuilding

Research Challenges in Violent Contexts

Dates: June 14-21, 2018
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: March 15, 2018
Specialized Seminar: Participants should be academics and other researchers (journalists and Human rights monitors) working in violent contexts.

Join fellow researchers working in a variety of violent environments to learn from one another’s experiences in the field. Discuss the application of a human rights framework to address key issues in research methodology, security and ethics. Develop general advice about conducting research in violent environments, and explore the limits of that advice.

What to expect:

  • Examine various forms of violence and violent contexts and how they impact research
  • Discuss the political dimensions of research work
  • Discuss how security and violence impact the findings and application
  • Analyze the challenges to methodology and ethics in researching in violent contexts
  • Develop general advice about conducting research in violent environments to promote best practices
  • Contribute to a special edition of a peer-reviewed social science journal (English language)

LGBTI People, Hate Crimes and Other Violence: Working together to defend basic rights

Dates: Fall 2018, 2018
Cost: $995
Level 2 Seminar

This seminar is still being developed. If you or someone you know is interested in joining us, helping us recruit participants for this seminar, or just wants to learn more, contact us at globalschool@cristosal.org.

State Violence, Torture and Police Abuse: Applying international human rights standards to local challenges

Dates: Fall 2018, 2018
Cost: $995
Level 2 Seminar

This seminar is still being developed. If you or someone you know is interested in joining us, helping us recruit participants for this seminar, or just wants to learn more, contact us at globalschool@cristosal.org.

Migration and Forced Displacement

Making the Case for Asylum: Understanding Salvadoran country conditions and the international human rights law framework

Dates: February 17-24, 2018
Cost: $1,200
Early Bird Cost: $970
Registration Deadline: November 17, 2017
Early Bird Deadline: December 17, 2017
Specialized Seminar: Participants should be legal professionals with experience in asylum law.
*CLE Credits pending

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 Central American Refugee Crisis: A faithful response

Dates: April 7-14, 2018
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: January 8, 2018
Level 2 Seminar

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

No Person is Illegal: Understanding the Central American Refugee Crisis

Dates: Fall 2018, 2018
Cost: $995
Level 1 Seminar

This seminar is still being developed. If you or someone you know is interested in joining us, helping us recruit participants for this seminar, or just wants to learn more, contact us at globalschool@cristosal.org.