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Highlighting Member Impact

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DCFR Member Yadira Rodriguez Bernal was recently recognized as the Foreign Services 2016 Volunteer of the Year.  She works at Nationwide Insurance full time and her schedule includes Saturdays but she still finds time to visit the Immigration Detention Center to work with detainees.  Yadira is orginally from Colombia and utilizes her background to connect and provide comfort to people in the Aurora facility.  She is a passionate supporter of the Red Cross in Denver and consistently helps in various Red Cross programs across several lines of service.  In her spare time, Yadira organized a home fire prevention campaign for her co-workers to install smoke detectors in homes throughout vulnerable communities.  Her dedication to others is ovbious through the hours of time she so willingly gives through her volunteer service.  On behalf of the Denver Council on Foreign Relations and the Denver Community, we want to congratulate Yadira on her award and recognize her as a leader in the community.

See how the Colorado Red Cross engages with the community through their youtube channel!
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Colorado Public Radio (CPR News): Colorado Matters

Denver Attorney Reports To United Nations On Atrocities In South Sudan


DCFR Member Ken Scott is one of three members of the United Nations Commissions on Human Rights in South Sudan.  The commissioners have spent a year investigating abuses in the civil war-torn African national and spoke with Colorado Public Radio about their findings.  

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DCFR Chairman of the Board, Sidney Brooks, has recently been honored by being selected as the co-chair of the International Insolvency Forum at the Annual St. Petersburg International Legal Forum.   
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On February 25th, the University of Denver will celebrate the 50th teaching anniversity of Ved Nanda, Evans University Professor and Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law at the Sturm College of Law.  Professor Nanda introduced an International Human Rights Law course at Denver Law, making it the second of its kind in the nationa at that time.  He also created the law school's International Legal Studies Program in 1972, as well as establishing the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy in the same year.  



While visiting Hiroshima, Japan, and speaking to the Hiroshima Peace Lecture Series on October 6th, 2016 Ved was surprised and humbled to be given the Hiroshima Peace Award in recognition of his contributions to world peace.

Dr. Nanda also had an article about the refugee crisis in Europe published in the Denver Post that can be seen here.
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Dr. James Hecht, a long-time member and friend of DCFR has released a new book!
   
Recently celebrating his 90th Birthday, Dr. James L. Hecht hasn't slowed down at all.  Denver's own 5280 Magazine sat down with Dr. Hecht in October 2016 to conduct an interview about his new book and his history of public service.   We hope you enjoy his latest book!







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   DCFR member Ken Scott, Commissioner at the UN Commission for Human Rights in South Sudan, recently conducted an interview with WNYC about Human Rights and genocide in South Sudan.  

​      The entire interview is available at the WNYC website here.


UNCHR Chairperson Yasmin Sooka (left) and Kenneth Scott speak to journalists at a press conference, at the end of the South Sudan trip on 15 September 2016.  
Photo:  UMISS/Isaac Billy
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