23 April 2014

Amnesty International's 2014 Human Rights Conference / AGM

I was invited to exhibit my photography and also document parts of Amnesty International USA's 2014 Human Rights Conference / Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Chicago two weeks ago. I usually photograph various components of these meetings each year, both nationally and regionally, which takes me all over the country - most recently to Boston, San Francisco, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and now Chicago. In these travels and events, I have the opportunity to interact with incredible human rights advocates and also with those affected by their rights having been violated - not only abroad, but here in the United States.

Conference photography in hotel ballrooms really can't capture the intensity of such violations, but I do aim to capture the spirit of the movement, and of the community built around coming together to make the world a safer, more just place.

Some highlighted photos are included below, which include a concert at the House of Blues by the Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, and a march and rally against Chicago police torture. All very moving in their own unique ways.

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