Human Rights Day

The annual Terre Haute Human Rights Day is a day-long event. Each year a keynote speaker is featured along with several other speakers, interactive workshops, and a variety of other activities. While centered on the Indiana State University campus, the programming represents the work of many individuals from both ISU and the Terre Haute community, and will involve both public school and university students.

Human Rights Day 2017

Human Rights 2017 will be held on March 7.

2017 Keynote Speaker

Merilyn D. Brown holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Law Enforcement Administration; an Associates Degree in Business Administration; a Bachelor's of Theology and a Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School. Attorney Brown is admitted to practice before the State of Illinois, the Federal District court and the U. S. Supreme Court. She is a licensed ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and currently serving as Youth Pastor at Quinn Chapel AME Church, Chicago, IL. Presently, she is working as an Attorney Advisor in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Midwest Regional Office in Chicago Illinois. Attorney Brown is the former Director of the Fair Housing Enforcement Division, Office of Investigations in Washington, DC. Prior to joining HUD, she was the Administrative Director of the John Marshall Law School, National Fair Housing Educational Center and Legal Support Clinic. She has worked in fair housing enforcement and related activities since 1989. Attorney Brown has also worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Court System. She still performs pro bono work on behalf of senior citizens and minors. As Attorney Advisor in the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity she has twice been nominated as “Outstanding Federal Employee” and selected to receive the 2009 John Marshall Law School Alumni Distinguished Service Award recognizing her outstanding achievements in the practice of law and the significant contributions she has made to her community and to the law school. Attorney Brown has published several articles including "Establishing a Prima Facie Case involving Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, A Threshold Approach." She has co-published articles with Professor Michael P. Seng and Doctor Jay Einhorn on "Counseling a Victim on Racial Discrimination in Fair Housing Cases." As well as co-published "A Primer on Fair Housing Law and Attorney Forms" along with Professor Michael P. Seng and Adjunct Professor Willis F. Caruso.

For more information contact Center for Community Engagement: (812) 237-2334


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Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809

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