Human Rights Day to address refugee crisis Dec. 10

~ By Dr. Andrew Fiala and Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor

sellers-headshotHuman Rights Day will be observed at Fresno State with guest speaker Dr. Robert P. Sellers, board chair of the Parliament of The World’s Religions, and a panel on the Refugee Crisis and Human Rights: Global and Local Perspectives, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the North Gym (Room 118). 

Sellers is a professor of theology at Hardin-Simmons University in Texas and his work emphasizes cross cultural living, global Christianity and liberation theologies. President Joseph I. Castro will provide opening remarks.

Fresno County is ranked No. 1 in California in the number of former Southeast Asian refugees: 5,000 Vietnamese; 33,000 Hmong; 9,000 Cambodians; 10,000 Laotians. 
In the past three years, 165,000 unaccompanied immigrant children, many fleeing violence from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, have been apprehended along the U.S.-Mexican border. In the past year, 7,000 of these children were reunified with a sponsor in California; several hundred have been reunified with a sponsor in the Central Valley.

The free, public event is presented by the Human Rights Coalition of the Central Valley, the Ethics Center at Fresno State and the Fresno County Office of Education. Co-sponsors include the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno and the American Friends Service Committe Pan Valley Institute.

This is the final Ethic Center co-sponsored event of this year.

Parking is $3 with permits at parking lot dispensers. INFO: Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor at

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