Listen to the podcasts and learn what people are doing to promote or protect human rights locally and around the world

By listening to these podcast episodes, you will become educated on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and gain practical knowledge of how to apply what you learn in daily life. Listen and Learn about each of the 30 articles and actions you can take to help promote and protect these human rights for yourself and others. 

Ignite Your Basic Purpose. Help Create a Fair and Free World!

EPISODE 1:

Introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Ellen Firestone, United for Human Rights Ambassador, National Council Member of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) and President’s Volunteer Service Award recipient.

EPISODE 2:

Articles 1, 2 & 3 – Free & Equal, No Discrimination, Right to Life, Liberty & Security

Listen and learn about the first three articles of the Declaration especially how all human beings should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. 

EPISODE 3:

Article 4 – No Slavery

With Yolanda Schlabach, Executive Director of Zoe Ministries-Delaware and founder of DelCAT (Delaware Coalition Against Trafficking).

Yolanda Schlabach's Bio

Yolanda Schlabach is a Registered Nurse and has worked in Labor and Delivery and N.I.C.U.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from Regent University in 2004, then graduated from Liberty University with a Master’s in Human Services & Counseling. Yolanda attended the University of Maryland, earning a Certificate in Working with Survivors of Violence, Trauma, and Torture.  She is currently enrolled in a doctorate program for community counseling and trauma.

Yolanda served as a member of Delaware’s Human Trafficking Coordinating Council and Co-Chair of the Victim Services Committee from 2015-2017.  She is the founder of the newly forming DelCAT–the Delaware Coalition Against Trafficking.

Yolanda has served as Executive Director of Zoe Ministries, Inc. since 2012, when the organization received 501(c)(3) status.  For the past several years, she has spent her time engaged in public awareness and professional training and education to bring the reality of human trafficking to the forefront in Delaware. The organization’s goal is to bring long-term housing and aftercare for trafficking survivors to DE.

EPISODE 4:

Special UDHR Anniversary Episode

With Ella Torrey, former Public Information Officer to Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, US Mission to the United Nations. Listen to Ella describe what it was like in the room in Paris the night the Universal Declaration was adopted. 

Ella Torrey's Bio

Ella King Russell Torrey (August 7, 1925 – April 14, 2020) was former Public Information Officer to Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, US Mission to the United Nations, a recipient of the United for Human Rights, Human Rights Hero Award and a lifetime human rights activist.

In March 1944, Mrs. Torrey was preparing to enter Bennington College when word came that her brother, pilot Louis Russell, had been shot down and was missing in action over the Pacific. His remains were never found. This was when Ella decided that war was not the answer.

Over a half-century, Mrs. Torrey advocated for cross-cultural understanding and human rights. Her most high-profile job came in the early 1950s as Public Information Officer for Eleanor Roosevelt, who had been appointed by President Harry S. Truman as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations. She was also Roosevelt’s stand-in on the U.N. Human Rights Commission.

In 1969, she became Community Affairs Director of the World Affairs Council. An engaging guide, she led cultural-exchange tours to the Soviet Union, China, and Nepal.

From 1977 to 1987, Mrs. Torrey was Executive Director of the International Visitors Council. Under her tenure, the Philadelphia branch grew to serve more than 4,000 foreign visitors a year.

Mrs. Torrey retired at age 62. She volunteered for the Friends of the Wissahickon and the Philadelphia Committee on Foreign Relations. In 2015, Ella received the UHR Human Rights Hero Award at their International Summit at the UN and spoke to youth delegates about the importance of human rights education.

In December 2018 at the age of 93, Ella agreed to do this special podcast interview in honor of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights where she described for us with great passion what it was like in Paris the night the document was adopted by the UN General Assembly at 3am on December 10, 1948.

Although Mrs. Ella Torrey passed away in April 2020, her legacy will continue to inspire many for years to come!

EPISODE 5:

Article 5 – No Cruel Treatment

With Abigail Rodgers Layton, Director of the Family Division at the Delaware Office of the Attorney General. 

Abigail Rodgers Layton's Bio

Abigail Rodgers Layton serves as the Director of the Family Division at the Delaware Office of the Attorney General. Prior to this role, she served as the Commander of the Child Predator Task Force, a statewide Task Force designed to combat technologically facilitated crimes against children.  She has served as a Deputy Attorney General with the Delaware Department of Justice for 12 years. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Delaware School in the area of Child Exploitation.

Ms. Layton is a graduate of Gettysburg College and Villanova University School of Law. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Layton started her career at Taylor Duane Barton & Gilman in Boston, Massachusetts. She has served on the editorial board of The Advocate, a publication of Delaware Trial Lawyers Association.

She has been honored with the Delaware Department of Justice Distinguished Service Award, the Linnean Award for Outstanding Leadership and the Alfred J. Hamme Award for Leadership. Ms. Layton was also named a Woman of Distinction by Gettysburg College. She has served as the President of the Board of Directors for Prevent Child Abuse Delaware, as a member of the Board of Directors of Delaware Guidance Services and a member of the Richard K. Herrmann Technology Inn of Court. She has also served as the chair of the Human Trafficking Coordinating Council for the State of Delaware. Ms. Layton currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at Ursuline Academy.

EPISODE 6:

Articles 6 through 12 – Law and Justice

With Erin Daly and Jim May, both Professors of Law from Widener University Delaware Law School and Co-Founders of the Dignity Rights Project. 

Erin Daly and Jim May Bio

Erin Daly is Professor of Law at Delaware Law School and is the author of Dignity Rights: Courts, Constitutions, and the Worth of the Human Person (2013), a comparative analysis of caselaw about the right to human dignity from around the world, and Reconciliation in Divided Societies: Finding Common Ground (2006), both published by University of Pennsylvania Press. She is the director of the Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment.

James R. May is Distinguished Professor of Law and co-Founder and co-Director of the Dignity Rights Project and the Environmental Rights Institute at Widener University Delaware Law School. May is also Adjunct Professor of Graduate Engineering and inaugural and immediate past Chief Sustainability Officer at Widener University, where he founded the Widener Sustainability Initiative. May has taught 20 courses, founded or co-founded three law centers, two non-profit environmental organizations and a joint degree program, directed an environmental law clinic, and visited at numerous law schools, including Georgetown, Hawai’i, and Vermont. May has also served as affiliated faculty at various institutions across the world, including in Australia, Africa, Brazil and Pakistan. May is also a former national defense engineer, and federal litigator.

Erin and Jim are the co-founders and directors of the Dignity Rights Project, an organization that helps to advance the dignity rights of vulnerable around the world in matters relating to environmental health, education, and political participation, among other things. They have written extensively on environmental rights and they are currently at work on several projects about dignity rights, including the first legal casebook on the subject.

EPISODE 7:

Articles 13 through 15 – Freedom to Move, Safe Place to Live, Right to a Nationality

With Evans Kwesi Mensah, Business Strategist, Best-Selling Author originally from Ghana.

Evan Kwesi Mensah's Bio

Evans Kwesi Mensah, is a bestselling author of Synergy and Commonality, the Key to Success and Beyond the Credentials. He is a happy father of three amazing boys, as well as blessed with a strong and supportive wife whom he describes as his ‘boss’. He is also honoree of the prestigious Washington DC ‘Made Man’ Global Leadership Award for 2018. It is a global multi-tiered institution designed purposely to honor the extraordinary accomplishments of notable influencers for their leadership and lifetime achievement in their respective fields of work, social impact and consciousness, and significant contributions to communities at large. He also served as a private citizen think-tank at the United States Army War Center on national and global security related issues in 2019.

Evans has decades of years’ experience in business strategy development and consulting globally, specifically in North America, Africa, and Europe. He became executive leader in various institutions in these continents and held many senior leadership positions.  Evans co-founds ValueCycle Limited (www.valuecyclelimited.com) and is an expert in Strategy Formulation, Supply Chain Management, Executive Instructor, Operations, Public Speaking and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified. He is known for turning businesses around and heavily involved in supporting project management initiatives for country development through sustainability initiatives.

Evans is the past National Council Member for the United Nations Association of USA and the first chair for the Collaboration and Partnership Committee (SDG17).  He serves on many boards locally and internationally.

Evans started his preliminary education in Ghana and later earned his honors bachelor’s degree from the University of Greenwich, London in the United Kingdom, and Master’s in Business Administration from Howard University in Washington, DC.

His biggest passion is supporting any venture that has a social impact, as his philosophy is changing one life at a time. More on him can be found on https://www.evansmensah.com.

EPISODE 8:

Article 16 – Marriage and Family

With Wil Seabrook, Musician, Writer and Founder of Rock for Human Rights. Wil shares experiences and realizations from his own marriage along with lines from his latest song regarding marriage.

Wil Seabrook's Bio

As a veteran of independent and major record labels including Warner Brothers, Wil Seabrook has performed for audiences reaching millions on international TV and radio. He has always been passionate about sharing a positive message with the largest possible audience. Wil founded his 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Rock for Human Rights (R4HR), in 2011 after being asked to help create music for one of the stunning Public Service Announcements produced by United for Human Rights. That experience and the resulting introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights inspired Wil to become more involved in this vital campaign. He realized that beyond simply creating and sharing his own original music, he could utilize his success and experience in the music industry to make even more of a difference by enlightening audiences, especially school kids, about their basic human rights through live music performances and engaging live talks.

Wil’s original and ongoing mission is to mobilize and educate people using music as the ideal medium for the message of human rights. R4HR’s compelling live musical performances capture the attention of audiences in the US, Europe and Asia (with plans to tour Africa soon) so they can learn about their fundamental human rights in a fun, uplifting, and engaging way.

Visit www.rockforhumanrights.org

EPISODE 9:

Articles 17 & 18 – Right to Your Own Things,  Freedom of Thought, Conscience & Religion

With Anneke Kat, Youth & Community Programs Manager for Interfaith Philadelphia.

Anneke Kat's Bio

Anneke Kat is a community development practitioner with experience working with refugees, women, and youth on issues of education, economic empowerment, and inter-religious community building. Her academic and professional experiences have provided her with a chance to work with communities in Sub Saharan Africa and the United States.

Anneke obtained a B.A. in International Development and Social Change and a M.A. in Community Development and Planning, both from Clark University. She currently serves as the Youth & Community Programs Manager for Interfaith Philadelphia and as an Emerging Leaders Fellow with Mercy International Association.

EPISODE 10:

Article 19 – Freedom of Expression

With Wil Seabrook, Musician, Writer and Founder of Rock for Human Rights.

Wil Seabrook's Bio

As a veteran of independent and major record labels including Warner Brothers, Wil Seabrook has performed for audiences reaching millions on international TV and radio. He has always been passionate about sharing a positive message with the largest possible audience. Wil founded his 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Rock for Human Rights (R4HR), in 2011 after being asked to help create music for one of the stunning Public Service Announcements produced by United for Human Rights. That experience and the resulting introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights inspired Wil to become more involved in this vital campaign. He realized that beyond simply creating and sharing his own original music, he could utilize his success and experience in the music industry to make even more of a difference by enlightening audiences, especially school kids, about their basic human rights through live music performances and engaging live talks.

Wil’s original and ongoing mission is to mobilize and educate people using music as the ideal medium for the message of human rights. R4HR’s compelling live musical performances capture the attention of audiences in the US, Europe and Asia (with plans to tour Africa soon) so they can learn about their fundamental human rights in a fun, uplifting, and engaging way.

Visit www.rockforhumanrights.org

Diane Stein

EPISODE 11:

Article 20 – Right to Peaceful Assembly

Featuring an interview with Diane Stein, President of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, Florida.

Diane Stein's Bio

Diane Stein accepted a leadership role at the Florida chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) in 2015. 

CCHR is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious mental health industry watchdog whose mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health.

Since that time she has worked to help restore human rights to the field of mental health and especially in the area of short-term emergency commitment. 

An experienced speaker, Diane is sought after on topics ranging from involuntary psychiatric examination and mental health rights to the dangerous side effects of psychiatric medication.

Diane is regularly interviewed by journalists and investigative reporters on emergency psychiatric holds involving children and the violation of parental and child rights under these circumstances.

Diane Stein

EPISODE 12:

Special UDHR 72nd Anniversary 

This episode features an interview with Rayla Allertsen, Human Rights Educator from Manila, Philippines in honor of the 72nd Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Rayla is also an International Speaker and Mentor on the Empowerment of Women & Children, Leadership, Self-Worth, Entrepreneurship & Environment, Founder of I AM S.A.M. Foundation, Inc and 2019 Awardee of the Global Woman Awards, Inspirational Woman.

Rayla Allertsen's Bio

I AM an International Speaker and Mentor on the Empowerment of Women & Children, Leadership, Self-Worth, Entrepreneurship & the Environment, having spoken at the UNICEF UK, UN (NY), UN Geneva Conferences, the Global Business and Investment Forum, The Global Education Summit, among others.

I AM a co-author of the I Can Read Series and am pivoting to provide educational, leadership, entrepreneurial programs (Get Yourself Financially Strong; Make M.E.*Happen; among others), tools & mentoring as Owner & Chief Empowerment Officer of raylaallertsen.com, and www.globaleducator.co, launching Q! 2021.

 I AM the  

  • President And CEO, PROACTIVE RESOURCES, INC.
  • Sustaining development through Environmental Responsibility & Values
  • For Water and Wastewater Treatment: Brand Ambassador, ORGANICA WATER (US & Hungary) www.organicawater.com
  • For Clean Energy: Senior Advisor for the Philippines, GENCELL (Israel) www.gencellenergy.com

I AM a Climate Reality Leader, THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT (US) trained by Chair & Former US VP Al Gore (2016)

 I AM the:

  • Co-Founder and President of the I AM A.M. FOUNDATION, INC. (2010);
  • Regional Director, GLOBAL WOMAN CLUB MANILA (March 2020);
  • Director, KEREN HAYESOD PHILIPPINES ALIYAH TO ISRAEL FOUNDATION (2020);

Among the awards and recognition I have received, I cite:

  • Global Woman Awards 2019: Inspirational Woman (London, UK) on July 14, 2019
  • World Women Leadership Congress & Awards Woman Leadership Award (New Delhi, India) on June 7, 2019
  • The Global Educator Award (2013-2014) at the UN in New York on April 4, 2014
  • The Mother Legacy Project Award (UN Geneva) on October 23, 2013 as those aligned with my beliefs and values.

I AM finally living happily ever after with her husband, Buster Allertsen, knowing:

  • “the greatest secret of success is making other people become successful and happy.”
  • I AM are two of the most powerful words for what you put after them becomes M.E., My Empowerment, My Economy,
  • “The world is changed by what we do, not by what we say”.
  • Get Yourself Financially Strong!!

 Rayla Allertsen

info@proactiveresources.net

My life mission and focus is to inspire and equip women and men, the youth and children to realize their worth, power within, and get themselves financially strong.  I teach that no one else can speak your message, or sing your song, or offer your act of love.  These are entrusted, only to you. You are sent into this world precisely, with a special message to deliver, with a special song to sing, and with a special act of love to bestow.  You are special, unique and precious.