Petty Offenses Symposium (2019)

Petty Offenses Symposium

The University of Miami Race & Social Justice Law Review, in collaboration with the Human Rights Clinic of the University of Miami School of Law, University of Miami School of Communication,  University of Miami Law Review, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, and the Open Society Foundation’s Human Rights Initiative, presents:

A Symposium on Petty Offenses. The symposium will explore the use of litigation; human rights advocacy at international, regional, national, and local levels; and creative campaigning. It will draw on work from Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, Hungary, India, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and the United States.

About the Symposium

Throughout the globe, petty offenses, such as loitering laws, are used to exert social control. They criminalize poverty and marginalization and police gender norms. In the United States and locally in Miami, the use of petty offenses to criminalize poverty is also a critical issue where homeless people regularly face the threat of criminal sanctions for fulfilling basic needs.

September 20 – 21, 2019
Friday: 2:00 pm to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

University of Miami
Donne E. Shalala Student Center
3rd Floor, South Activities Room

1311 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

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Registration Fee

Free of charge (Click Here to Register)


Friday, September 20, 2019

  • 2:00 p.m. – Welcome Remarks
  • 2:30 p.m. – Social Media Video
  • 2:45 p.m. – Opening Session
  • 3:15 p.m. – Interactive Event: Policing Public Space in Miami
  • 4:30 p.m. – Coffee/Tea Networking Break
  • 4:40 p.m. – Plenary Discussion
  • 5:30 p.m. – Poverty Offenses
  • 6:30 p.m. – Welcome Reception with Photography Exhibit and TED Talks

Saturday, September 21, 2019

  • 9:15 a.m. – Reflections
  • 9:30 a.m. – Litigation to Address Petty Offenses
  • 11:00 a.m. – Coffee/Tea Networking Break
  • 11:15 a.m. – Human Rights Advocacy to Address Petty Offenses
  • 12:45 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1:45 p.m. – Creative Campaigning to Address Petty Offenses
  • 2:20 p.m. – A Conversation on Gender and Petty Offenses
  • 3:45 p.m. – Coffee/Tea Networking Break
  • 4:00 p.m. – Closing Panel
  • 4:30 p.m. – Wrap-Up
  • 4:45 p.m. – Program Concludes


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