FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Date: February 5, 2002

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

UIS to present program on women and human rights abuses

SPRINGFIELD – Layli Miller, founding executive director of the Tahirih Justice Center, will speak on “Do They Hear You When You Cry: Protecting Women from Human Rights Abuses” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in Brookens Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Springfield.  The program is presented in honor of International Women’s Day 2002 by the UIS Women’s Center. A reception will immediately follow the presentation. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Tahirih Justice Center works globally to protect women from human rights abuses through legal aid and services. While still a law student, Miller argued the landmark case of Fauziya Kassindja -- a Togo woman seeking U.S. political asylum on the basis of female genital mutilation -- before an immigration judge, and won.  Miller subsequently graduated magna cum laude from Washington College of Law and received a master of arts degree in law and international affairs from American University.

This program is co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies and International Studies programs at UIS and by the Springfield Baha’i community.

For more information, call the Women’s Center at (217) 206-7173.