The 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

Please join us on Monday, December 10th, 2018 as we celebrate 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We offer four special sessions in order to fit your schedule from 12 noon to 9 pm, at the birth place of the United Nations, the War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue. Room 210. The Celebration is presented by the UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION, USA, Chapters of SAN FRANCISCO, MARIN COUNTY, SAN DIEGO, and BEVERY HILLS, in Partnership with the AMERICAN LEGION POST 315, as well as the UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER ON HUMAN RIGHTS and the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY LAW HUMAN RIGHTS CENTER.

Program Sponsors include the Consulate General of Switzerland, the Association of Junior Leagues International, and the League of Women Voters of San Francisco. Featured speakers include SCOTT P. CAMPBELL, Senior Human Rights Officer, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, and KAREN FERGUSON, Ph. D., Executive Director, International Rescue Committee.

Monday, December 10, 2018
San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building
The Birth Place of the United Nations
401 Van Ness Avenue, Room 210
San Francisco, California 94102

The links below allow you to reserve your seat now. All events are free of charge except the Session One Luncheon ($20).

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Featured Guests and Speakers

John Roosevelt Boettiger (born March 30, 1939 in Seattle, Washington) is a retired professor of clinical and developmental psychology, and the son of Anna Roosevelt Boettiger and John Boettiger. He is the grandson of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. As a child, John lived with his mother in The White House during World War II when his grandfather was president.

While a student at Amherst College, John lived and traveled with his grandmother Eleanor Roosevelt, and joined her in work on behalf of the United Nations. As president of the Collegiate Council for the United Nations from 1958 to 1961, he joined his grandmother on the board of the American Association for the United Nations (AAUN).


After teaching at his alma mater, Amherst College, John helped to found Hampshire College, and served for more than 20 years as professor of human development at Hampshire. He created and was chairman of Hampshire’s interdisciplinary Human Development Program. He had the opportunity of teaching collaboratively with professors of American Studies, philosophy and religion.

Leaving Hampshire to work with graduate students in clinical psychology, John was professor of psychology and dean of student affairs at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco and Berkeley, California. From 2007 to 2010 he was professor in the research institute of Modum Bad Psychiatric Center in Vikersund, Norway, and continues to consult at Modum Bad.

John is chairman of the board and president of The Christopher Reynolds Foundation, on whose board he has served for more than 50 years. The foundation’s program currently focuses primarily on the critical issue of climate change. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of The Living New Deal.

He trained as a political scientist at Columbia University before moving to a career in psychology. He was a consultant to and member of the Social Science Department of The RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, and briefly served as a desk officer in the U.S. Department of State. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical and developmental psychology, for which his principal mentors were Erik H. Erikson of Harvard University and Joan Erikson.

Early in his career, John wrote on educational and political themes, including two books on United States policy in Vietnam. He continues to explore the intersections of social history, memory, narrative and human development, themes explored in his biography of his parents’ lives and their family histories, A Love in Shadow, published by W.W. Norton in 1978. Among his other publications is a monograph, “A Resource for Healing and Renewal,” about the healing community of Modum Bad in Vikersund, Norway (2007).

John has four children, Adam Boettiger, Sara Boettiger, Joshua Boettiger and Paul Boettiger, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Write him at or


Alexa Koenig, Ph.D., J.D, is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center (winner of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions) and a lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches classes on human rights and international criminal law, with a particular focus on the impact of emerging technologies on human rights practice. She co-founded the Human Rights Investigations Lab, which trains undergraduate and graduate students to use cutting-edge open source methods to support human rights advocacy and accountability. Alexa is co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Future Global Council on Technology and Human Rights, a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, and co-chair of the Technology Advisory Board of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. Alexa has been honored with several awards for her work, including the Mark Bingham Award for Excellence, the Eleanor Swift Award for Public Service, the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Teaching Excellence Award. Recent books include Digital Witness: Using Open Source Information for Human Rights Advocacy (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019, editor with Sam Dubberley and Daragh Murray) and Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror (UC Press 2016, with Eric Stover and Victor Peskin).


As the Executive Director of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, Megan Price designs strategies and methods for statistical analysis of human rights data for projects in a variety of locations including Guatemala, Colombia, and Syria. Her work in Guatemala includes serving as the lead statistician on a project in which she analyzes documents from the National Police Archive; she has also contributed analyses submitted as evidence in two court cases in Guatemala. Her work in Syria includes serving as the lead statistician and author on three reports, commissioned by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR), on documented deaths in that country. Megan is a member of the Technical Advisory Board for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, on the Board of Directors for Tor, and a Research Fellow at the Carnegie Mellon University Center for Human Rights Science. She is the Human Rights Editor for the Statistical Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) and on the editorial board of Significance Magazine. She earned her doctorate in biostatistics and a Certificate in Human Rights from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She also holds a master of science degree and bachelor of science degree in Statistics from Case Western Reserve University. From 2013 through 2015, Megan was the Director of Research at HRDAG; on December 1, 2015, she became Executive Director.


Scott P. Campbell is Senior Human Rights Officer of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights where he leads their work on technology and human rights in the Silicon Valley area. He has served as Africa Section Chief for UN Human Rights in Geneva, and Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Campbell worked with international and local NGOs over two decades, including Human Rights Watch and the International Human Rights Law Group/Global Rights where he was responsible for programs in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.


Dr. Karen Ferguson, a licensed clinical psychologist, is Executive Director of the Northern California offices of IRC – the International Rescue Committee. Since 2015, she has led the regional offices serving Oakland, Sacramento, San Jose, Modesto and Turlock, providing comprehensive services for newly arriving refugees. Programs range from securing housing and providing financial assistance to employment and career development, with the goal of helping refugees achieve self-sufficiency and thrive in their new American communities. Prior to her work with IRC, Dr. Ferguson was the State Refugee Coordinator in Alaska for over 10 years, directing assistance and resettlement services for refugees, immigrants and victims of trafficking.


Ashley Raveche is the Co-President of the League of Women Voters of San Francisco, currently focusing efforts to restructure the League for greater efficiency and benefits to its members. She believes it is her responsibility to set an example for her two young daughters, working to empower women to drive positive change in their community. As the former VP of Voter Services, Ashley also produced the Pro & Con Guide from 2011-2015, expanding access to the guide to the hearing impaired and renegotiating funding for translations. Under her tenure, the League was awarded the HERO Award from the Mayor of San Francisco for contributions made to voting rights. Ashley is a bay area native who has a diverse background in high-tech, biotech and film, which she previously applied to intellectual property enforcement. Her career includes working in support roles for patent litigation, corporate licensing and consumer protection departments at the San Francisco office of a national law firm. Prior to this, Ashley worked as a trademark investigator for online brand protection where she collaborated closely with US Customs and Border Protection agents in the seizure of counterfeit goods. Ashley graduated from Boston University and holds a Certificate in Biotechnology and a Certificate in Paralegal studies. She is passionate about increasing youth participation through community outreach and awareness education, and is currently partnering the League with Generation Citizen to help train the next generation of civic-minded leaders


Laurel Lee Alexander is a member and Past President of the Junior League of Monterey County. She has served on numerous community boards and committees. Her AJLI governance service includes AJLI Board of Directors (Governance Chair, Governance Vice Chair and At-Large Director) and the AJLI Governance Committee (At-Large Member). Laurel is Vice President of Grants and Programs at the Community Foundation for Monterey County where she leads grant making and nonprofit capacity building programs. Previously, she was the Director of Philanthropy at the Monterey Peninsula Foundation (host of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am), and held resource development positions at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and United Way, as well as marketing management positions with the Walt Disney Company and the Colgate-Palmolive Company. Laurel has worked and studied in the U.K., Norway and Hong Kong.


Syed Hoda leads the global marketing function for Sight Machine, the category leader for artificial intelligence in manufacturing. He has served in leadership roles, on three different continents, at both start-up and large technology companies. Prior to joining Sight Machine, he was the CMO of Scality and ParStream. Earlier, Syed was the General Manager for Cisco’s Emerging Solutions Group as well as one of the Chief Storytellers for Cisco’s IoT and Globalization initiatives. He also served on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council. Syed received an MBA from Emory University and an undergraduate in Industrial Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. **