As a new Congressional term begins, Americans have renewed attention and debate to the war on terror. San Diego and Tijuana high school students, along with international students from China, Afghanistan and South Korea, are also getting involved.
More than 650 students will attend the 10th annual WorldLink Youth Town Meeting Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of San Diego. "Countering Terrorism: Addressing Global Security Threats and the Use of Torture" is the theme of this year's event. Most events take place in USD's Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice following the opening session at 8:30 a.m. in USD's Shiley Theatre.
Experts, including representatives from the U.S. State Department, will brief student delegates on U.S. administration and others' policies on terrorism and human rights. WorldLink connects students to global affairs experts by facilitating interaction with high ranking policy makers, human rights activists, lawyers and non-governmental organization leaders.
Featured briefings include: "Religious Tolerance in Times of Ethnics Violence and Fears of Terrorism," "When a child is accused of being a terrorist," Are we waging a war on terrorism or a war on Islam?" and "Security must be based in justice and the rule of law."
Experts include Kamal Beyoghlow, government counterterrorism expert, human rights lawyer William Aceves; Marjorie Cohn, law professor and author of "Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law"; and internationally known immigration lawyer Lilia Velasquez.
Founded in 1997, WorldLink allows curious and informed youth to participate in an interactive forum that stimulates critical thinking and thoughtful discussion of current global issues. The program reaches a large and diverse community of youth from traditional schools, alternative schools and special youth programs in San Diego and Baja Mexico. Some of the high schools participating in this year's event include La Jolla High School, High-Tech High, Our Lady of Peace, and Federal Lazaro Cardenas.