USM students observe Human Rights Week

USM student sits in jail for Human Rights
USM student sits in jail for Human Rights

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Southern Miss Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties has held a weeklong series of events in observance of Human Rights Week.

Friday students from the Association for Social Workers set up a mock called "Jailed for Justice" in front of the Liberal Arts Building. Students and faculty were asked to be jailed and take a short quiz to test their knowledge on illegal immigration. The event was intended to explore the implications of anti-immigration laws as being potentially arbitrary and racially prejudiced.

"We really wanted to raise awareness here on the Southern Miss Campus and around Hattiesburg of the importance of no human being is illegal," said Bethany Ket, Students Association for Social Workers. "We want others to here the voices of those people who don't have a voice."

Human Rights Week activities will culminate Friday evening at the Garden Club with a talk by Civil Rights Activist Bettie Dahmer.

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