Please join us on Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 6:00pm-8:00pm for a reception to celebrate our TCMUN keynote speaker, Kathleen Thomas, and our 2016 student leaders.
The reception will be held at the Teton Science Schools, in the Education Center. 700 Coyote Canyon Road.
Free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served
Kathleen Thomas’ lecture is titled, “Applying International Law: Ignore the Naysayers, It Really Works!” She will discuss and take questions about her experiences with, and the efficacy of International law, including here in the U.S.
Kathleen’s passion for promoting workers’ rights first developed during her legal internships in Southwestern India. In 2012, Kathleen provided legal services to a women-run sex workers’ collective in Pune and Mumbai, India, and reported on the failures of international and domestic laws governing human trafficking rehabilitation efforts. While in India, Kathleen worked on a case that she and other human rights attorneys brought before the Bombay High Court involving police misconduct against sex workers and the disappearance of sex trafficking victims in the hands of alleged rehabilitation centers. She also worked with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health to develop ways to promote health rights and address unsafe working conditions of marginalized women. In 2013, she worked with a human rights legal team collecting data, interviewing, and documenting the violence against women and the LGBT community in post-earthquake Haiti. She co-authored a report to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee highlighting the pervasive human rights violations continuing in post-earthquake Haiti. She also conducted UN High Commission of Refugees trainings to demystify complex human rights law to local women’s rights group. After working on workers’ rights issues abroad, Kathleen recognized that serious workplace violations were happening in her hometown of New York. She joined the Hofmann & Schweitzer team to fight for New York and New Jersey workers who have suffered as a result of workplace violations and unsafe working conditions.