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Human Rights Program Announces 2016-2017 Scribe for Human Rights

July 28, 2016

The Human Rights Program, in partnership with the Creative Writing Program, has announced its 2016 Scribe for Human Rights, Roy Guzmán. A second-year student in the master of fine arts program, Roy will use his fellowship to bring to life the plight of migrant farm workers and the unjust conditions they endure in the workplace. 

As the Scribe, he will partner with the Centro Campesino Initiative in Owatonna, Minnesota and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Florida–both of which are working to promote migrants' rights to housing, fair wages, and resources–to interview workers and gain a better understanding of the nuanced struggles they face. At the end of his project, he will share testimonials and poetry inspired by the workers, provide a list of their grievances, and discuss ways in which local communities can play a key role in in establishing healthier and sustainable ventures that treat migrant farm workers fairly and humanely.

The Scribes for Human Rights Fellowship, founded in 2006, enables masters of fine arts students in creative writing to work on their craft with the goal of conveying the experience of persecution and human rights struggles through stirring narratives.