Salt Lake City

Mayor to Unveil Human Rights Education Project


May 10, 2012
Contact: Yolanda Francisco-Nez
c. 801-652-0034

Mayor to Unveil Human Rights Education Project
Program will help raise awareness of residents’ rights
SALT LAKE CITY –Mayor Ralph Becker and the Office of Diversity & Human Rights invite the public to attend a Human Rights Education Project Launch Party on Friday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State Street.
The Human Rights Education Project has become a primary focus of the Mayor’s Office of Diversity & Human Rights. The office is planning an array of classes on topics that are pertinent to Salt Lake City’s refugee population, ranging from employment and workplace safety to sexual violence and gang prevention.
“An understanding of legal protections is an essential element to living productively in a vibrant community,” said Mayor Becker. “This project engenders opportunity for newcomers to our City by empowering refugees and immigrants  with this valuable knowledge in a welcoming atmosphere and in the spirit of  inclusion.”
In addition to Mayor Becker’s official announcement, the event will include entertainment, light refreshments and a silent auction of goods generously donated by local businesses. One hundred percent of funds raised will be used to purchase school supplies, hygiene and cleaning items for refugee and immigrant families.
The event is free and open to the public. To learn more about this project, visit
WHO:    Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker
             Salt Lake City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa
             Utah Labor Commissioner Sherrie Hayashi
             Jackson Elementary violinists
             Refugee children’s dance group
WHAT:    Human Rights Education Program Launch Party
WHEN:    Friday May 11, 2012
                5:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Salt Lake City & County Building, third floor
               451 S. State Street, Salt Lake City