Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice
Jo Becker has been a powerful advocate for human rights and social justice for more than 20 years. As the children’s rights advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, she has led successful international campaigns to prevent the use of child soldiers as well as to protect child domestic workers and other vulnerable children.
Jo Becker’s new book, Campaigning for Justice, explores the strategies behind some of the most innovative human rights campaigns of recent years. The book draws on interviews with dozens of experienced human rights advocates to explain how they were able to fight seemingly intractable abuses and secure concrete advances in human rights. Jo will share lessons from successful advocacy initiatives, such as the international campaign to bring former Liberian President Charles Taylor to trial for war crimes, national efforts to overcome homophobic violence in Nepal and Jamaica, Libyan families’ struggle for justice from the Qaddafi regime for a prison massacre, and a California coalition that won a new law granting youth offenders sentenced to life in prison the possibility of parole.