Human Rights in the Age of COVID

This post is part of a series that explores the disproportionate effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable communities and disadvantaged groups. It also looks at the broader context of rising hate speech, rising authoritarianism, and how governments are undertaking heavy-handed responses and repressive measures to further entrench their power, ultimately undermining the public health […]

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons

As COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly, the effects of the virus remain devastating to populations across the globe.  While government officials have attempted to mitigate the effects of the virus outbreak, certain populations face a higher threat of being negatively impacted than others.  Refugees and internally displaced persons are particularly at risk of being adversely affected by the pandemic.  This […]

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Human Rights in the Age of COVID-19: Effect on Displaced Populations

COVID-19 is a public health emergency. At the same time, the scale and severity of this crises raises a number of human rights concerns. In this series, we will be highlighting many of these concerns as well as laying out suggestions for readings for those interested in learning more. COVID-19 is a threat to humanity, […]

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Considering the Foreign Service: Event Recap

On Thursday, January 30, 2020, the Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution co-sponsored an event with the Department of Political Science at Christopher Newport University to bring Dr. Dan Whitman to speak on his almost 25-year tenure with the U.S. Foreign Service, spanning positions in Africa, Europe, and Haiti. More specifically, he spent […]

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The Border Crisis: Event Recap

On Monday, October 8, 2019, the Reiff Center co-sponsored a screening of the full-length documentary Undeterred with the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula. This film primarily focused on the small border community of Arivaca, Arizona and the impact of increased militarization of border control since the 1990s. According to the documentary, there has […]

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The Border Crisis: Criminalizing Humanitarian Aid

On October 7th, The Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, in conjunction with the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula, will be featuring the full-length documentary, Undeterred, the story of life on the U.S.-Mexico Border in Southern Arizona at 6:30 PM, in the Freeman Center’s Gaines Theater. The film will be followed […]

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What You Should Know About the Decades-Long Militarization of the Southern Border

By Madeline Nichols and Savannah Sherman On October 7th, The Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, in conjunction with the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula, will be featuring the full-length documentary, Undeterred, the story of life on the U.S.-Mexico Border in Southern Arizona at 6:30 PM, in the Freeman Center’s Gaines […]

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The Border Crisis: Understanding the Motives for Migration

On October 7th, The Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, in conjunction with the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula, will be featuring the full-length documentary, Undeterred, the story of life on the U.S.-Mexico Border in Southern Arizona at 6:30 PM, in the Freeman Center’s Gaines Theater. The film will be followed […]

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Reflections on my summer internship with the International Rescue Committee

This summer, I worked as a Casework Intern with the International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville, Virginia. As someone who holds a particular interest in refugee crises, working for a nonprofit organization such as IRC was a dream of mine. While the IRC assists many people from refugees, to asylum seekers, to human trafficking victims, IRC […]

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Autocratic Populism: Examining Turkey and the United States

Throughout the duration of the Fall semester, the Reiff Center hosted a variety of thought provoking events that engaged not only Christopher Newport University students and faculty, but also members of the Newport News and surrounding communities. One such event was a lecture given by Dr. Kimberly Guiler, a Research Fellow with the Middle East […]

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