OutSummit is hosted by OutRight Action International in proud partnership with the Sorensen Center and Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic at CUNY School of Law.
OutRight Action International works at a global, regional and national level to eradicate the persecution, inequality and violence lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) people face around the world. From its offices in 7 countries and headquarters in New York, OutRight builds capacity of LGBTIQ movements, documents human rights violations, advocates for inclusion and equality, and holds leaders accountable for protecting the rights of LGBTIQ people everywhere. OutRight has recognized consultative status at the United Nations.
The Sorensen Center trains social justice lawyers to work from the local to the global levels, protecting rights of those affected by instability, conflict, and repression. We advance scholarship, intellectual exchange, and advocacy for international peace and justice.
Through seminars led by Scholars-in-Residence, an annual meeting on Communications for Peace, and global summer internship placements, the Sorensen Center equips students with international experience and expertise to become leaders in the field. We collaborate with other institutions around the world.
The Sorensen Center fosters the legacy of Ted Sorensen, long-time close advisor and speechwriter to President John F. Kennedy, by nurturing students committed to practicing public interest law. Ted went on to help emerging democracies embrace and carry out the principles of freedom as a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison by continuing his desire to be a servant of international peace and justice.
As the first named center at CUNY Law, the Sorensen Center builds on and enhances the Law School’s 30-year tradition of training lawyers to serve the underprivileged and disempowered and to make a difference in their communities.
Widely recognized for its expertise and contributions to gender jurisprudence and human rights practice, the Human Rights and Gender Justice (HRGJ) clinic at CUNY Law School advocates before international and regional human rights bodies and national and local courts and legal institutions.
Our projects combat gender discrimination and sexual violence, advance reproductive and sexual rights and economic and social rights, and promote women’s participation and empowerment. By addressing problems through the lens of human rights, HRGJ students use international human rights law and institutions to challenge and expand rights protections in both domestic and international fora.