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Fall Launch: #SayHerName: Marielle Franco - Intersectional Fatalities Across the Americas

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Event: SayHerName: Marielle Franco - Intersectional Fatalities Across the Americas
Date: Thursday, September 20th
Speakers: Jurema Werneck, Kimberlé Crenshaw
Where: Columbia Law School | 435 West 116th Street | New York, NY 10027
Jerome Green Hall: Jerome Greene Hall (JG) Room 101
When: 6:00 pm

The Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies (CISPS), Empowering Women of Color (EWOC), and the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) at Columbia Law School are kicking-off the fall term by welcoming Jurema Werneck, Amnesty International Brazil director, for a conversation with Columbia Law School Professor and Executive Director and Founder of CISPS and AAPF, Kimberlé Crenshaw. At this social justice soirée, Ms Werneck and Professor Crenshaw will discuss the recent assassination of Brazilian Marielle Franco, a Black, feminist LGBT activist and Rio Councillor. They will canvass the pursuit of justice for persons victimized by intersectional violence in Brazil, and throughout the Americas. A catered social mixer will follow.

This event is free and open to the public for those who register on eventbrite.

For questions about this program, contact Madeline Cameron Wardleworth, CISPS Post Doctoral Research Scholar at: or (212) 854-3049.

Follow along on social media with #SayHerName and #JusticeForMarielle:


Jurema Werneck, director of Amnesty International Brazil, is a Physician and Founder of the NGO Criola. Criola’s main areas of action are Black women´s health, economic development, human rights, political action and dialogue, and dissemination of information and publications. She has more than 20 years of experience working in the field of human rights with social and activism movements, on the issues of race, gender identity, and sexual orientation, developing education initiatives, campaigns and communications. Jurema is a board advisor at the Global Fund for Women, and the United Nations Population Fund.

Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, is a leading authority on Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, Critical Race Theory, and race, racism and the law. Crenshaw’s groundbreaking work on “Intersectionality” has traveled globally and was influential in the drafting of the equality clause in the South African Constitution. Crenshaw is the co-founder and Executive Director of the African American Policy Forum, a gender and racial justice legal think tank, and the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School. She is a leading voice in calling for a gender-inclusive approach to racial justice interventions, having spearheaded the Why We Can’t Wait Campaign and co-authored Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected, and Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women.