April 16, 2024

April 16, 2024: The Baldy Center is pleased to co-sponsor Alison Des Forges Annual International Symposium, “Sexual and Reproductive Health: Human Rights Perspectives”. 

Contact: Ellen Dussourd , dussourd@buffalo.edu

The event is organized by the Alison L. Des Forges Memorial Committee.  The group is dedicated to honoring the memory of Dr. Alison Liebhafsky Des Forges, an inspirational and tireless crusader for human rights around the world. The Committee seeks to continue Alison’s quest "to educate people about the injustices in the world and the part we all must play as members of an increasingly interdependent global community."


The Baldy Center multimedia marks a decade of co-sponsoring the Alison Des Forges International Symposium

  • Magazine feature — Alison Des Forges: A passion for justice
    Even now, it is difficult to grasp how the courageous activism of Alison Des Forges continues to inspire people. This article seeks to add context to Alison's interdisciplinary scholarship in the global arena of law and social policy. Perspective is provided by Roger Des Forges, Helene Kramer, and Irving Massey. Together, they became key components in forming an educational enterprise that would do justice to Alison’s memory. Today, that enterprise is a solid foundation for sustaining community activities, one of which has become an annual international symposium.
  • Podcast discussion — Roger Des Forges, Ellen Dussourd, and Shaun Irlam
    Episode 14 of our podcast series is about the work of the Alison L. Des Forges Memorial Committee, and its international symposia held at the University at Buffalo. Beginning in 2012, the symposia has been sponsored, in part, by The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy. This episode features Roger Des Forges, the group's co-founder. He is joined in discussion with the Committee co-chairs, Ellen Dussourd and Shaun Irlam. Together, they offer insight on aspects of sustaining the Alison Des Forges International Symposia.