Migration, Governance and Sustainable Development in Central America
Over the course of the present year, the United States has been confronting a migration crisis at its border with Mexico. This migration crisis is not new to the United States, as it has been rooted in complex development, peace and security challenges in Central America during the last two decades. Recent media outlets and policy discussions in the U.S. Nation’s Capital have followed closely a caravan of an estimated 7,000 migrants, including many families and women with children, originated in Central America, making its way through Mexico towards the United States.  Though previous administrations have intended to address the underlying causes of Central America’s migration by policy instruments, such as the so called Alliance for Prosperity, U.S. policy interventions have failed to address the root causes of migration: violence, insecurity, corruption and lack of employment, education and business opportunities. With the aim to generate multi-stakeholder dialogues in the Washington, DC community to strengthen the U.S. response to the root causes of Central America’s migration, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) is pleased to present two panels addressing migration, security and sustainable development in the Central American region.

Moderator: Michael Camilleri, Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, the Inter-American Dialogue

Dr. Claudia Escobar, 2017-2018 Centennial Fellow, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University—Former Magistrate of the Court of Appeals of Guatemala.
Juan Gonzalez, Associate Vice-President, the Latin America Practice, the Cohen Group—Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Jason Marczak, Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, the Atlantic Council

Seynabou Sakho, Director, Central America, World Bank Group

Closing Remarks: Sergio Martinez, Co-Chair, Sustainable Development Committee, UNA-NCA

When: Wednesday, January 30th from 5:30 to 8 pm
Where: InterAction (1400 16th Street NW, #210, Washington, DC 20036).
Cost: Members & Students*: FREE | Non-Members: $5 
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Delta Phi Epsilon Annual Symposium
Join the Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Affairs Council for its inaugural Symposium, a day-long conference on international politics, security, and trade. This year’s theme, “Assessing Shifts in the International Order” will explore the impact of revisionist powers, non-state actors, and technology on global and domestic affairs alike. Panel and debate topics include the future of American global leadership; cryptocurrency in the international financial system; the future of international institutions; and countering terrorism and violent extremism.

Where: Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW, Washington DC

When: April 6, 2018

Cost: Varies. Registration required.

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2019 UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards Criteria
The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area’s (UNA-NCA) annual Human Rights Awards Reception commemorates the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by presenting the Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award, the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award, the F. Allen Tex” Harris Diplomacy Award, and the Community Human Rights Award to individuals and organizations that have made substantial contributions to human rights. We invite you to submit your nominations for the 2019 UNA-NCA Human RightsAwards.  Nominations can be submitted here.

UNA-NCA Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award

Louis B. Sohn (1914 – 2006) was a longtime scholar of international law,an advocate of international institutions, author, and activist. He participated in the United Nations’ founding at the 1945 San Francisco conference; campaigned for the acceptance of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a legally binding document, rather than a statement of principles; and championed the UN General Assembly’s 1968 adoption of the two UN Human Rights Covenants. In 1997, UNA-NCA established the Louis B. Sohn Award to honor individuals whose human rights work has exemplified that of Dr. Sohn.

The Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award is presented to persons who have:

1)    Advocated respect for international human rights as defined by the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and other international human rights treaties andinstruments;
2)     Championed the effective role of the UN as well as regional organizations in the promotion and protection of humanrights;
3)   Advocated respect for human rights as a priority in US foreign and domestic policies;and
4)    Elevated the role of non-governmental organizations in promoting and protecting humanrights.

The UNA-NCA Perdita Huston Human Rights Award

Perdita Huston (1936-2001) was an American journalist and longtime women’s rights activist.  She was Director ofPublic Affairs for TIME Magazine in French-speaking countries; served as Peace Corps Director in Mali and Bulgaria; worked for the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF); and consulted with UNDP, UNIFEM, UNFPA and UNICEF. She also authored several books about women’s empowerment, covering topics such as motherhood and the status of women in developing countries. From 2001-2010, UNA-NCA issued grants in Huston’s name to support the work of women around the world who were commitment to advancing equality for women and girls. In 2011, UNA-NCA inaugurated the Perdita Huston Award at its Human Rights Awards Reception to publicly recognize persons who continue Perdita’s legacy in promoting gender equality.
The Perdita Huston Human Rights Award is presented to persons who have:

1)     Advocated to eliminate discrimination against women and girls around the world; and
2)    Made significant contributions for greater gender equality through increasing economic opportunity and development, promoting human rights, and supporting peace and security for women and girls.

The UNA-NCA F. Allen "Tex" Harris Diplomacy Award

F. Allen (‘Tex’) Harris enjoyed a 35-year U.S. Foreign Service career in varied and often dangerous posts.His work during the height of the 'dirty war' in Argentina during the 1970s, where he exposed the fate of 15,000 citizens clandestinely killed by the military junta, earned him the U.S. Department of State’s “Distinguished Honor Award.” He also helped push the transition from apartheid in South Africa during the 1980s. When Harris joined the Foreign Service in 1965, events within foreign countries were generally perceived to be off- limitstoAmericaninterestsandrepresentations.Inlargepartduetohiswork, humanrightsadvocacyisnowa majorpolicyconsiderationinAmericandiplomacy.In2013,UNA-NCAestablishedtheF.Allen“Tex”Harris Diplomacy Award to recognize an American diplomat for promoting human rights throughdiplomacy.

The Tex Harris Diplomacy Award is presented to current or former American diplomats who have:

1)    Advocated respect in American diplomacy for international human rights as defined by the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights treaties and instruments;
2)     Made significant achievements in human rights through the use of diplomacy; and
3)    Demonstrated leadership in the diplomatic community on human rightsissues.

The UNA-NCA Community Human Rights Award

The Community Human Rights Award is bestowed on individuals or organizations that have provided outstanding service in promoting and protecting human rights within the UNA-NCA chapter region. Recipients may be U.S. government officials, leaders of non-government organizations, public service organizations, academics, scholars or other practitioners and providers.

The UNA-NCA Community Human Rights Award is presented to persons or organizations who have:

1)    Provided leadership to advance the cause of human rights through a local group or organization in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and/or Northern Virginia areaand;
2)     Demonstrated personal and professional contributions to advance the cause of human rights in the public, private, and/or non-profitsector.

Nominations can be submitted here.  The deadline for nominations is April 30th, and selection begins in May.
UNA-NCA Advocacy

What We Do
The overarching goal of our advocacy efforts is to fulfill our mission to “increase public understanding and support of the United Nations, encourage constructive US leadership in strengthening the United Nations, and prepare present and future leaders to work for a better world, both globally and locally."

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) collaborates with its parent organization, UNA-USA, as well as the Better World Campaign, in providing materials and opportunities to advocate our Members of Congress and their staffs on Capitol Hill. Our members engage in advocacy in a number of ways including through digital advocacy, opinion editorials posted on our blog and sent to members through our weekly newsletter, visits with staff and Members on Capitol Hill, phone calls, direct mail and email campaigns, and more. Members of UNA-NCA have access to advocacy resources including trainings and information on various UN-related issues.

Core Issues
UNA-NCA advocates for and informs our congressional representatives on on critical issues which fall into a number of categories, including U.S.-UN Partnership, Peace and Security, Human Rights, the Economy, and Climate/Environment. Check each category often, as we will add new materials and resources throughout the year.

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2018 Human Rights Awards


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In honor of the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNA-NCA will recognize individuals and organizations working to improve human rights in their communities and around the world.


Thursday, December 6, 2018
Reception at 5:15 pm
Program runs from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
National Education Association, 1201 16th St. NW, Washington DC, 20036

This year's honorees are:

Adama Dieng,
UN Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide

Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award 

Ambassador Robert R. King, 
Former U.S. Special Envoy for Human Rights in North Korea

 F. Allen "Tex" Harris Diplomacy Award  

Karen Mulhauser
UNA-NCA Past President and UNA-USA Past National Council Chair

Perdita Huston Human Rights Award 

Empower DC
UNA-NCA Community Human Rights Award 

Regular Admission Tickets

Young Professional/Student Member: $50
Non-Member Young Professional/Student*: $70 

Member: $70
Non-Member*: $90 
*Non-member tickets include UNA-NCA membership

*Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free UNA-NCA membership
**Non-member tickets include UNA-NCA membership

Register here!

View Sponsorship opportunities here!  Contact our Executive Director, Paula Boland at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with any questions about sponsorship.

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