Judging the Judge: A Human Rights Report on the United States

Judging the Judge: A Human Rights Report on the United States

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  • Monday, September 29, 2014 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, G

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Please join us for a research presentation from Carlos Gonzalez Juanes. Mr. Gonzalez joined TBI this summer as a post-graduate internship conducting research on the use of human rights advocacy as a means to immigration reform. As part of his internship, he will offer a public presentation of the work he has done while with TBI. 

Judging the Judge - A Human Rights Report on the United States
The Department of State of the United States, issues annual Human Rights Reports on more than 200 countries and territories around the world. The reports cover each country’s compliance with the internationally recognized Universal Declaration of Human Rights and with other international agreements. They help human rights advocates around the world by providing a fair assessment of conditions in the countries covered. Yet, the reports miss a very important country: the United States.

Most U.S. Citizens consider their country a champion in the defense of human rights. However, a cursory look at various reports issued by the United Nations and by several NGO’s shows it to be deficient in several human rights areas, particularly as it relates to non-citizens, the poor, and minorities. An authoritative report needs to be widely circulated so that the public becomes aware of the deficiencies.

This research attempts to prepare a U.S. Human Rights report using the same format as that used by the Department of State for third country reports. Hopefully, it will provide the same fair assessment of human rights conditions in the United States as the other reports do on their target countries. Further, it offers an initial plan to disseminate the country’s human rights deficiencies to the public at large and to government officials. Such a campaign will be needed to trigger policy actions that may correct the human rights problems identified.

Carlos Gonzalez Juanes, a Mexican citizen with a B.S, degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City and an MBA from the Pennsylvania State University. He worked as a banker for many years holding different executive positions in the areas of corporate credit, credit workout, finance and administration prior reinitiating his academic studies. In May 2014, he graduated from University of San Diego with a Master of Arts degree in International Relations. He is interested in the area of migration, particularly as it relates to Latin American countries


The Trans-Border Institute (TBI) at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies welcomed three specialized research practitioners for post-graduate internships this summer. Interns were asked to present a research proposal complementing one of the following five activity nodes of TBI:

  • Recognizing refugees from the drug war and the post-authoritarian transition it has obscured
  • Championing a human rights perspective on migration
  • Defending trans-border transparency and freedom of expression
  • Developing peace and justice curricula and other humanistic responses to war and dictatorship
  • Exposing the trans-border practices and legacies of the death penalty in the U.S. and Central America

During their time here, interns at TBI receive structured training in our research methods; contribute to our ongoing research projects; and gain valuable mentoring and review of their own research projects from the TBI director and staff.

The Trans-Border Institute promotes research, outreach and dialogue on border issues. For the last twenty years, we have been a leading source of expertise on the relationship between the United States and Mexico. Recently, we’ve expanded our portfolio beyond the U.S.-Mexico border and the set of issues “the border” usually implies in order to address the history, reality and aftermath of armed conflicts in Mexico and Central America, and the ways in which they interact with U.S. policies.

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies


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