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Wayne Law holds community consultation to address human rights challenges faced in Detroit

April 12, 2010

PHOTO RELEASE - On April 7, 2010, a community consultation was held at Wayne State University Law School via the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights between the federal government and Michigan-area civil rights organizations to address the human rights challenges faced in Detroit.  The one-day session was attended by over 100 distinguished leaders, officials and government representatives to discuss issues pertaining to law enforcement, social exclusion, structural racism, and travel and immigration.  The consultation was part of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), under which each U.N. member prepares a periodic report of its domestic human rights situation, including identifying challenges and proposing solutions.  Such dialogue and open constructive discussions continue to be an effective way to address common issues of interest.

“The session was a great success," said Wayne Law Professor and Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights Peter Hammer. "The civil rights community came together to address the most important social issues confronting Detroit. Federal officials stated that the program would be useful not only in preparing the report to the United Nations, but also in helping shape federal civil rights enforcement policy more broadly.”