This Monday we celebrated the 64th annual Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights, bring a specific issue into the spotlight, and to advocate for human rights for those whose rights are
constantly curtailed. However, Human Rights Day shouldnt just be a day. It is up to us to make it go on for the whole week, the whole month, even the whole year!
This year, the spotlight is on the rights of all people women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized to make their voices heard in
public life and be included in political decision-making.
These human rights the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, to peaceful assembly and
association, and to take part in government (articles 19, 20 and 21 of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights) have been at the centre of the historic changes in the Arab world over the past two years, in which millions have taken to the streets to demand change. In other parts of the world, the 99% made their voices heard through the global Occupy movement protesting economic, political and social inequality.
Make your voice count!
For more information, visit the United Nations Human Rights Day Page.
Danielle Beach-Oswald is the current President and Managing Partner of Beach-Oswald Immigration Law Associates in Washington, DC. Ms. Beach utilizes her 19 years of experience in immigration law to help individuals immigrate to the United States for humanitarian reasons. Born in Brussels, Belgium, Ms. Beach has lived in England, Belgium, Italy and Ivory Coast and has traveled extensively to many countries. Ms. Beach advocates for clients from around the world who seek freedom from torture in their country, or who are victims of domestic violence and trafficking. She has also represented her clients at U.S. Consulates in Romania, China, Canada, Mexico, and several African countries. With her extensive experience in family-based and employment-based immigration law Ms. Beach not only assists her clients in obtaining a better standard of living in the United States, she also helps employers obtain professional visas, and petitions for family members. She also handles many complex naturalization issues. Ms. Beach has unique expertise representing clients in immigration matters pending before the Federal District Courts, Circuit Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals and Immigration Courts. She has won over 400 humanitarian cases in the United States. Her firm's website is www.boilapc.com.