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2014-2014 Margaret Keller Distinguished Lecturer Series sponsored by DAPS and the Health Advocacy Program
From Environmental Injustice to Climate Change: How Health Advocates Can Bridge the Divide Between Human Rights and Environmental Protection
Monique Harden, Co-Director & Attorney, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights
Reception: 5 PM, Lecture and Q&A: 5:30 PM
Monique Harden is the co-director and attorney of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights ("AEHR"), a nonprofit, public interest law firm in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA that she co-founded with attorney Nathalie Walker in 2002. AEHR is dedicated to upholding our human right to live in a healthy environment. AEHR holds companies and the government accountable when this right is violated, and advocates for public policy that supports this right. With every step, AEHR educates people about their right to live in healthy communities.
On behalf of residents living in the historic African American community of Mossville, Louisiana, Ms. Harden and AEHR legal staff filed the first ever human rights petition that seeks fundamental change of the United States environmental regulatory system. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States recently deemed the petition to be admissible for a review on the merits, marking the first time the Commission has taken jurisdiction over a case of environmental racism in the United States. In the aftermaths of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil drilling disaster, AEHR is spearheading advocacy aimed at protecting the basic right of people harmed by a disaster to recover with dignity and justice. AEHR has raised public support for U.S. adoption of human rights standards for climate-induced disasters and environmental hazards. Ms. Harden coordinates diverse international, national, and regional coalitions advocating for environmental justice and climate justice.