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Pursuing Global Justice through Grassroots Change

The UCLA School of Law presents a conversation with Ruth Messinger, American Jewish World Service, and Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, Rosaria Memorial Trust, Zimbabwe.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Room 1447
UCLA School of Law Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.

About Ruth Messinger:

Ruth Messinger is president of AJWS.  She assumed her role in 1998, following a twenty-year career in public service in New York City, where she served for twelve years on the New York City Council and eight as Manhattan borough president. She was the first woman to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination for mayor in 1997. 

Considered a national leader in the movement to end the genocide in Sudan, Ms. Messinger was among leading anti-genocide, peace and human rights advocates called upon to advise President Obama and the new special envoy for Sudan, General J. Scott Gration, in March 2009.  In recognition of her leadership, she has served on the Obama administration’s Task Force on Global Poverty and Development.  She is also involved in organizing faith-based efforts to secure human rights around the world, and recently served as keynote speaker at the National Interfaith Conference on Millennium Development Goals in San Francisco.

About Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda:

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda is chairperson of Rosaria Memorial Trust, one of AJWS’s grantees.  Rosaria Memorial Trust was established in 2007 to advance the rights of women and young people in poor communities of Zimbabwe. The organization focuses on promoting youth and women’s leadership, fostering entrepreneurial development and advocacy for women’s access to education and health care services.  An AJWS grant supports the Trust’s Strengthening Community Response to HIV, Illiteracy and Violence Against Women Project. The Project seeks to support people living with HIV/AIDS, especially children and young people, in thirty villages of Murewa district through the provision of education and counseling services, caregiver and teacher trainings on stigma and counseling, education subsidies and facilitation for visits to health centers for art therapy.


This program is sponsored by the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and is cosponsored by the International Human Rights Law Program.

More Info?

For more information, please contact Catherine Mayorkas, Director of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, at (310) 206-9155 /

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Please note that permit parking is often difficult to secure during the day when the campus is in session.

Parking Pay Stations

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UCLA School of Law
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90095

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Cost : Free and open to the public

Catherine Mayorkas310-206-9155

Sponsor(s): , UCLA Law, David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy; cosponsored by the International Human Rights Law Program.

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