Please join us when Noah Bullock, Executive Director of Cristosal, discusses how a human rights-based approach, grounded in faith systems, informs work in El Salvador and with U.S. Policy. How are the systems of economics, migration, and violence connected between Central America and the U.S., and what can people of faith can do in response?
We’re delighted to welcome a panel of local religious leaders who will join the conversation to discuss some of the promise and challenges to implementing these strategies in the St. Louis area.
- Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council
- The Rev. Travis Winckler, Pastor, 2nd Presbyterian Church
- The Rev. Dr. Dietra Wise-Baker, Metropolitan Congregations United
Cristosal is a nongovernmental organization working to advance human rights in Central America through rights-based research, learning, and programming. “We come alongside victims of violence to provide protection when they need it most, repair the lingering effects of human rights violations, and build human rights environments to create conditions where peace is possible.” For more information about Cristosal, visit their website at https://www.cristosal.org/
About Noah Bullock
Noah Bullock first came to El Salvador as a human rights intern for Cristosal in 2005 after graduating from the University of Montana in Peace and Conflict Studies. That first year evolved into a more than a decade of crafting human rights-based programs to address problems from hurricane disaster relief to community development.
In 2007, Noah became the Community Development Program Director. Three years later, he became Cristosal’s first in-country Executive Director, while also earning a post-graduate certificate in Local Development from the University of Central America José Simeón Cañas (UCA).
Noah sees at the heart of Cristosal’s mission the challenge to redefine human rights mechanisms and state responses to address today’s human rights violations. “Human rights were taught to me as a historical process, and every generation has to be able to understand human rights and violations in their own time. Our moment has changed significantly from when these frameworks were established, so we are challenged now to find ways to apply these same principles in programming to address our moment’s greatest challenges of displacement by violence, poverty, and inequality.”
This event is free and open to all. There will be a reception for all guests immediately following the discussion.
Co-sponsored with The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, University City MO
- Noah Bullock
- David Morales
- Rori Picker-Neiss
- Travis Winckler
- Dietra Wise-Baker
R. Marie Griffith
Director and John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities