Join AFSA and DACOR this Human Rights Day, December 10, for a program in honor of Tex Harris. The event will include a panel presentation by those who worked directly with Tex Harris on his human rights work in Argentina and a Q&A session. To register for this Zoom event, click here.
F. Allen "Tex" Harris was posted to Argentina as a Foreign Service officer in 1977. Soon after, he took action and worked vigorously to expose hundreds of killings and kidnappings by Argentina's military dictatorship during the "Dirty War." Even with threats to him and his family and to the detriment to his career, Tex Harris filed 13,500 complaints about human rights violations and used the State Department's dissent channel to prompt action by the U.S. government. His refusal to back down was a key part of the downfall of the dictatorship. Ultimately, Tex Harris would be recognized for his efforts and dedication for his work in Argentina and elsewhere. A two-time President of AFSA, he also fought hard for the rights of Foreign Service officers and specialists and was “one of the most consequential individuals in the history of the association.” Tex passed away on February 23, 2020.
AFSA President Ambassador Eric Rubin and DACOR President Paul Denig will introduce the panel. The panelists are Mario del Carril, Joe Eldridge, Dr. Jo Marie Griesgraber,
Juan E. Méndez, and Isabel Mignone-del Carril. Click here for detailed bios for each of the panelists.