The Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project Fall 2017 Distinguished Speaker Series focuses on Migration, Populism and Human Rights, and will be held on Wednesday afternoons in October and December.
Please join us for a talk about Protecting Liberties and Rights of Immigrant Communities with Colleen Connell, executive director of the ACLU of Illinois, on Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Auditorium Building, Room 244 , Spertus Lounge, 2nd. Floor.
Connell joined the ACLU of Illinois in 1984 and previously served as associate legal director and director of the Reproductive Rights Project. Her legal practice has taken her to courts of all levels in both the state and federal justice system. She has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on matters involving the rights of women to control their own reproductive health.
In January of 2001, Connell became the first woman attorney to lead the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. As executive director, she expanded the organization’s legislative and communications programs, its national security and informational privacy docket, and its institutional reform litigation, with active cases challenging conditions in state facilities or state subsidized facilities for children, the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, the physically disabled, and people detained at correctional facilities. In recent years, the organization has won major victories to protect racial and ethnic communities from being victims of racial profiling, to limit the authority of police to conduct mass arrests of young people on Chicago streets (by challenging Chicago’s anti-gang loitering ordinance), to protect reproductive health care, and to bring much needed improvements to Illinois’ child welfare agency, the Illinois mental health system and the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.
Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Professor Bethany Barratt, Director, Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bethany Barratt, Director, Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project
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