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Cynthia Rothschild, consultant to numerous NGOs on areas related to the United Nations, sexual rights, HIV/AIDS, gender and women human rights defenders; throughout 1990s helped develop Amnesty's LGBT policy and advocacy and helped create AIUSA's first LGBT program; author of Written Out: How Sexuality is Used to Attack Women's Organizing; co-author of Amnesty International's Crimes of Hate, Conspiracy of Silence: Torture and Ill-Treatment Based on Sexual Identity; contributor to groundbreaking UN report on sexual orientation and gender identity issued in November 2011.

Sofia Gruskin, Professor, University of Southern California Gould School of Law and Keck School of Medicine; Director, Program on Global Health and Human Rights, Institute for Global Health; co-founder of Amnesty International Members for Gay and Lesbian Concerns; author or co-author of numerous publications including Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Public Health Education: A Political Minefield (2011); Gender, Sex, and Sexuality--Same, Different or Equal, American J. of Public Health (2010); Government Regulation of Sex and Sexuality: In Their Own Words, Reproductive Health Matters (2009); Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos: Aportes y Dialogos Contemporaneos (2001); currently working with the World Health Organization (WHO) on a project to map out and explore the health and human rights outcomes related to the regulation of sexuality and sexual health around the world.

Stephanie Farrior, Professor of Law and Director of International and Comparative Law Programs, Vermont Law School; former Legal Director of Amnesty International; delegate to the landmark Amnesty International policy-making conference in Yokohama in 1991 when the organization decided to work for the release of people imprisoned for their real or perceived sexual orientation; member of Amnesty's international policy committee that developed policy and action strategies for AI's work to implement that decision and subsequent related decisions; author of Human Rights Advocacy on Gender Issues: Challenges and Opportunities, Journal of Human Rights Practice (Oxford, 2011); author of forthcoming book, Equality and Non-Discrimination Under International Law.

Jean Freedberg, Director of Policy and Programs for the Committee on Conscience, the genocide prevention program of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. She has spent her career promoting human rights, working for advocacy groups such as Amnesty International and the National Democratic Institute among others. She was one of the activists inside Amnesty who helped make the case some 25 years ago that the organization should take a position on LGBT rights, and was a long-time member of its OUTfront Steering Committee. Jean is proud that her home country of South Africa was one of the first to enshrine non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in its constitution, as well as legalize same sex marriage. Jean holds a Ph.D in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Joining us via Skype: 

Ignacio Saiz, Executive Director, Centre for Economic and Social Rights (Madrid); former Director of Policy at the International Secretariat, Amnesty International, where his responsibilities included supervising the Secretariat´s work on LGBT issues and other thematic programs; Advisory Group member, Sexuality Policy Watch  and consultant to several NGOs on sexuality and human rights; author of Bracketing Sexuality: Human Rights and Sexual Orientation: A Decade of Development and Denial at the UN; co-author of Amnesty International's Crimes of Hate, Conspiracy of Silence: Torture and Ill-Treatment Based on Sexual Identity. 

Ali Miller, Associate Research Scholar in Law, Yale Law School/Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale School of Public Health; co-founder of Amnesty International Members for Gay and Lesbian Concerns; well-known scholar and advocate on sexuality and human rights; signatory to The Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; a principle investigator for WHO-sponsored publication on laws promoting sexual rights and health; author or co-author of numerous publications including Fighting over the Figure of Gender, Pace L. Rev. (2011); Normalizing Sex and Its Discontents: Establishing Sexual Rights in International Law, Harvard J. of Law and Gender (2101); Sexuality and Human Rights (ICHRP 2008); The Importance of Being Perverse: Troubling Law, Identities, Health and Rights in Search of Global Justice (2007); Gay Enough: Some Tensions in Seeking the Grant of Asylum and Protecting Global Sexual Diversity (2005); Human Rights and Sexuality: First Steps Toward Articulating A Rights Framework for Claims to Sexual Rights and Freedoms (1999); Sexual Orientation and Human Rights: Toward a United States and Transnational Jurisprudence, Harvard Human Rts J. (1996); Health, Human Rights and Lesbian Existence, Harvard Health and Human Rts J. (1995).

Meg Satterthwaite Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law; Faculty Director of NYU's Center for Human Rights and Global Justice; co-founder and then chair of Amnesty International Members for Gay and Lesbian Concerns; director of Amnesty's "Breaking the Silence" Campaign; former human rights consultant for the United Nations, working with the human rights section of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM); co-author, Health, Human Rights and Lesbian Existence, Harvard Health and Human Rts J. (1995).