Human Rights Institute for High School Student Leaders Held at Iona College


Over 400 high school students from 34 high schools attended, from across Westchester, Fairfield County and the Bronx.

Danielle Butin gave an inspirational speech about how she became an Upstander for refugees, eventually founding the Afya Foundation. Ms. Butin is the Founder and Executive Director of the Afya Foundation of Yonkers, NY http://afyafoundation.org/

Judith Altmann urged the students to speak up when they see injustice. Mrs. Altmann is Holocaust survivor and a member of the Speakers’ Bureau at the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center

County Executive Rob Astorino proclaimed May 22–26, 2017 as Upstander Week in Westchester.

In addition, two students were honored for their Leadership:

The Richard A. Berman Leadership Award for Human Rights was awarded to Anchal Kanojia, Walter Panas High School

The Neil Ginsberg Student “Upstander” Award was awarded to Maureen Albero, Somers High School

Held annually, The Human Rights Institute for High School Student Leaders furthers our mission by promoting student awareness of human rights issues on both local and global levels, and to empower students to become Upstanders by creating and implementing Action Plans of their own.

The Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center hosts the Institute to enhance the teaching and learning of the lessons of the Holocaust to support the right of people to be treated with dignity and respect.

Student facilitators lead small-group workshops on a wide-range of human rights topics (attached).**

For more information please contact Millie Jasper, Executive Director, on (914) 696-0738 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Pleasantville students present a workshop on "Access to Clean Water in Uganda"

Valerie O’Keeffe, Chair of Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center with County Executive Rob Astorino and Millie Jasper, Executive Director of the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center


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