Returning Human Rights to the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy

Wednesday, March 3 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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GPI invites you to join guest speaker Bennett Freeman and Professor Steve Swerdlow in a discussion on foreign policy and human rights.




The USC Global Policy Institute is excited to welcome Bennett Freeman, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights at the U.S. Department of State. Students, faculty, and members of the community are invited to join us in conversation for "The Challenge of Returning Human Rights to the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy" on Wednesday, March 3 from 2:00-3:00 P.M. PST.

At the State Department, Mr. Freeman served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (1999- 2001); Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs (1997-99); and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and chief speechwriter for Secretary of State Warren Christopher (1993-97).



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Read the rest of our distinguished guest speaker's bio below.


Guest Bio

Mr. Freeman has spend the last two decades of his 39-year career at the intersection of governments, international institutions, multinational corporations, responsible investors, and NGOs to promote human rights and sustainable investment around the world. He is a leader in the field of business, human rights, resource governance and investment.

Currently, he serves as Principal of Bennett Freeman Associates LLC, where he advises multinational corporations, foundations and NGOs on international labor and rights issues.

He started his career as a speechwriter and presidential campaign aide to former Vice President Walter Mondale (1982-84), and has since worked across the private and public sector. He also co-founded the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark and the Global Network Initiative (GNI) and has served on numerous boards of organizations such as Oxfam America, Unite to End Genocide and the Institute for Human Rights and Business, among others.

Currently, he is Chair of EG Justice, Vice Chair of the Responsible Sourcing Network, and serves on the Advisory Council of Global Witness and the Steering Committee of the Cotton Campaign, which he co-founded.

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