Human Rights

Amnesty International

Contact: Sarah Kacevich (sarah.kacevich@trincoll.edu)

Amnesty International promotes all of the rights guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through education and outreach. The Trinity College chapter serves this goal by educating the student body about worldwide rights-related events through a biweekly newsletter and a monthly movie series, urging political leaders to take action through letter-writing campaigns, and raising money to aid victims of human rights violations. Amnesty International also works closely with the other organizations at Trinity that deals with specific human rights campaigns, such as The Darfur Coalition and Feminists United. 

In the 2008-2009 school year, Amnesty International focused on health care rights in America. Volunteers and members of the organization went door to door in Connecticut communities and successfully petitioned the passage of the Sustinet health care reform bill. This year, Amnesty is focusing on the issues women's rights, the crisis in Darfur, child soldiers, and human trafficking. 

Trinity Against Genocide

Contact: Katie Masi & Hopie Hambleton (Kathryn.Masi@trincoll.edu, Hopie.Hambleton@trincoll.edu)

Trinity Against Genocide came together during the 2004-2005 academic year to raise awareness on campus of and affect change around the issue of what is generally agreed to be a genocide taking place in the Darfur region of Sudan.  Over the past couple of years the Darfur coalition has sponsored lectures and movie screenings, held vigils, conducted letter-writing campaigns, and even raised money for two members of the local Catholic Worker community to travel to Sudan.

In addition to this work, Trinity Against Genocide has conducted a college divestment campaign. Through research, meetings with the Secretary of the College, and petition drives, the campaign was a success, and on May 20, 2006, the Trinity College Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of a policy of divestment of investments in Sudan.  A second resolution was approved by the Trustees at their December meeting that addressed some problems in the first resolution, and, in so doing, more fully affirmed the spirit of that initial resolution, and ultimately resulted in the divestment of Trinity‚Äôs Sudan-related investments by April 2007.