George honored for global justice work at Sundance Film Festival

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Erika George was among those honored by Zions Bank at the Sundance Film Festival recently at a “Women’s Celebration Luncheon” in Park City on Jan.26. George was honored for her work in global justice.


Prof Erika George (far right) was honored at the Sundance Film Festival.

George last year worked with students on the release of a new research report, “Prevention and Protection Partnerships: Empowerment Through Rights Education,” which explores the vulnerabilities and barriers to access to legal services that migrant women face when trying to leave violent situations.

The report is among the first research to come out of the Migrant Women Project at the U, part of the law school’s global law program.

The report’s release occurred on the same day as the observance International Women’s Day on March 8, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marked a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

George was honored at the Sundance Film Festival for her work on the project and attended with Debra Daniels, director of the Women’s Resource Center on the U campus, which was a silent partner on the migrant project.

Others honored recently in Park City included:

Amy Rees Anderson                Business Leadership
Pat Frobes                                 Board Leadership
Deneece Huftalin                     Educational Leadership
Jennifer Napier-Pearce           Journalism Leadership
Julie Mack                                 Environmental Leadership
Pat Mitchell                               Media Leadership
Vicki Varela                                State Leadership

The celebration in Park City included a screening of STEP,  a documentary directed by Amanda Lipitz that explores a group of high school seniors with dreams of becoming the first in their families to attend college strive to make their step dance team a success against a backdrop of social unrest in the troubled city of Baltimore. Lipitz also spoke at the luncheon.