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Human Rights Watch monitors and honorees Alina Diaz and Natalia Taubina will be visiting the Rector’s Forum Sunday, November 11 at 10:15 AM to talk about their work and activism.

Alina Diaz, vice president and a founding member of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, works to promote the rights of female farmworkers in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of farmworker women and girls face a high risk of sexual violence and harassment at work on a daily basis. Díaz began her work as a community outreach educator traveling to immigrant communities to raise awareness about the right to report domestic violence, sexual abuse, and other mistreatment. Through her work at Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Díaz has helped get the voices of farmworker women heard at the national level, where she works to educate policymakers and the public about the dangers the women face. Human Rights Watch honors Alina Díaz for her dedication to ending egregious abuse against farmworkers in the United States.

Natalia Taubina is a Russian activist who works to protect victims of police abuse and bring transparency to law enforcement. Taubina runs Public Verdict, founded in 2004 to provide free legal counsel and rehabilitation support to victims of widespread police torture and lawlessness in Russia. Under Taubina’s leadership, Public Verdict has successfully worked for reforms that promote accountability. Taubina is a leading critic of the harsh crackdown on civil society since Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin in 2012. Human Rights Watch honors Natalia Taubina for her unwavering commitment to protecting victims of police abuse and fighting for justice in Russia.

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