Rock Your HeART Out, annual Concert & Art Auction, celebrates HRI’s former clients who have successfully found safety and freedom.

 

THE ART

Now in its third year, RYHO pairs up teams of local artists and former HRI clients to create unique pieces for the silent auction, each of which will shed light on the immigrant journey to freedom. RYHO also presents a mini-documentary at the event, that chronicles the process of the artist+client pair creating their artwork. This artwork is auctioned off at RYHO, to benefit Human Rights Initiative of North Texas.

THE MUSIC

Each year, RYHO presents a musical act that is not only recognized for their art but for their social awareness as well. Our musical acts are as devoted to making our city better as we are! Their Music will blow your socks off and their Heart will melt yours.

THE MISSION

All proceeds from RYHO are directed towards Human Rights Initiative of North Texas that provides 100% free legal and social services for vulnerable immigrants and refugees in the North Texas area. Because of HRI’s unique pro bono model, every dollar coming into the agency is multiplied by nearly five (5) times through the service donations of our volunteer attorneys. In 2017, volunteers donated over $4.2 Million in legal services to HRI clients!

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Artists and Musicians Announced for RYHO2018!

Texas Musicians and Artists Come Together to Share and Celebrate the Lives of Vulnerable Immigrant Individuals and Families at the “3rd Annual Rock Your HeART Out Concert & Art Auction” on Oct. 27th

Local artists and immigrant survivors of violence team up to create art for the auction; proceeds benefit vulnerable immigrants served locally by Human Rights Initiative

Human Rights Initiative of North Texas (HRI) announces Bombasta, Texas Music Magazine’s 2013 Artist of the Year winner from San Antonio, will headline its third annual Rock Your HeART Out Concert and Art Auction (RYHO 2018), providing a Latin mix of salsa, bachata and hip-hop while attendees bid to own a one-of-a-kind works of art by local artists paired with past HRI clients. The event celebrates HRI’s immigrant individuals and families who have survived various human rights abuses, from torture to sexual assault.

HRI is also tremendously exited to announce Lisa Morales as the opening act.

Drawing from a creative palette informed by the rhythms, colors and flavors of the Southwest — from the painted-desert skies of her native Tucson, Arizona, where she grew up, to the sea-salted air of Houston, where she moved at 18, and the history-filled city of San Antonio, where she now lives — singer-songwriter Lisa Morales’s soulful exploration of weathered relationships will mesmerize you.

Here's what Rolling Stones magazine says about Ms. Morales: https://buff.ly/2xLNQBK

The event is Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 8 p.m. at Life in Deep Ellum (2803 Taylor St, Dallas, TX, 75226.) Tickets prices vary from $20 to $50 and include open beer and wine bar. Tickets may be purchased at www.rockyourheartout.org.

This year, eleven teams of local artists and former HRI clients will pair up to create unique pieces for the silent auction, each of which will shed light on the immigrant journey to freedom. Last year, photographer Treena Muir, wowed the audience with a trio of photographs based on the journey of HRI client, Daniela. Luz Pictura, a film production company, captured the creation of the artwork in this mini-documentary.

Artists for RYHO2018 were selected through an intensive application process that was over-seen by HRI’s Artistic Advisory Board, which is made up of Board Members, Local Artists, Philanthropists and Community Leaders. This year’s artists include: Can Turkyilmaz, Manal Fashi, Tierra Firme: Analise Minjarez & Sarita Westrup, Jordan Fraker, Jessi Cole, Gwen Meharg, Laura Tamayo, Denise Lion, Yva Barbour, Jimmie Hudson, and Daniel Avazpour.

“I am incredibly moved by and learn from our clients every day. Seeing the unimaginable hardships they endure and the mountains they climb is remarkable and inspiring,” says Bill Holston, HRI Executive Director. “During this time fraught with separation and divide, our hope is that Rock Your HeART Out brings us closer together through music, art, and humanity.”

All proceeds from the 2018 Rock Your HeART Out Concert & Art Auction will be used toward vital legal and social services for immigrants in the North Texas area. Because of HRI’s unique pro bono model, every dollar coming into the agency is multiplied by nearly five (5) times through the service donations of our volunteer attorneys. In 2017, volunteers donated over $4.2 Million in legal services to HRI clients.

RYHO 2018 is sponsored by Carol and Don Glendenning / Locke Lord, AT&T, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer LLP, Thompson and Knight Foundation, Hunton & Williams, Petrotel, Inc., Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. McGlinchey Stafford, Holland & Knight LLP, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

About Human Rights Initiative of North Texas

Human Rights Initiative of North Texas is a local nonprofit organization serving Dallas’ most vulnerable population: immigrants and asylum seekers. Founded in 2001, HRI provides free legal and social services to immigrants and asylum seekers in Dallas-Fort Worth who have been tortured and abused and are living below the poverty line. Along with a network of more than 600 pro bono attorneys and HRI Ambassadors, HRI has seen hundreds of defenseless immigrants through to safety and security within the U.S. borders. Many of our clients have become successful business owners, teachers, nurses, and independent contributing members of the community. For more information about the event, visit or follow us at www.rockyourheartout.org, www.facebook.com/RYHODallas/, or www.instagram.com/ryhodallas/. For more information about HRI, visit or follow us at www.hrionline.org, www.facebook.com/HRIOnline, www.instagram.com/humanrightsinitiative.

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NOTE TO MEDIA MEMBERS: You may download captioned high-res images from last year’s event including art works here: www.facebook.com/RYHODallas.

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2018 LINE-UP

 

Back by popular demand, our 2018 Headliner!

BOMBASTA

 

San Antonio's own Bombasta, voted "Artists of the Year" by Texas Music Magazine and "Best Latin Alternative Band 2013" at the San Antonio Music Awards will be joining us for a night of cumbia, salsa, hip-hop, and bachata. Bombasta mastermind, Roberto Livar, may look like a west side San Antonio hipster, but he's one highly educated, highly cerebral, highly verbal young man who delivers his ideas in an onslaught of Spanglish. His natural singing style is a rapid, almost rap-like delivery that sounds loaded and dangerous. This energetic, horn-driven Latin funk band prides itself on its political activism and their music speaks to this. Bombasta stands on the shoulders of new pioneers of the sound like Bombasta's Roberto Livar, a musician with his feet planted at the center of the rock en español wave and his fingers dipped in almost every other genre in town.

 HRI is also tremendously exited to announce Lisa Morales as the opening act.

Drawing from a creative palette informed by the rhythms, colors and flavors of the Southwest — from the painted-desert skies of her native Tucson, Arizona, where she grew up, to the sea-salted air of Houston, where she moved at 18, and the history-filled city of San Antonio, where she now lives — singer-songwriter Lisa Morales’s soulful exploration of weathered relationships will mesmerize you.

Here's what Rolling Stones magazine says about Ms. Morales: https://buff.ly/2xLNQBK

 

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Rock your HeART Out 2018 STORYTELLERs

Our Storytellers are talented, compassionate and respectful visual artists who take the opportunity to be paired up with one of our clients. Our clients have escaped human rights violations and lost every bit of their former lives to find safety. We want to tell their stories through a different lens, a different perspective, a different narrative. We hope that this process will also inspire healing and understanding between our Clients, the Artists and our Community.

THE PROCESS:
Once our Artists are chosen, we pair them with a former Client. There is an initial meeting between the two, where the client story is shared and the artist suggests a few ideas as to how the piece may morph. At the second meeting, the artist may share the progress of the piece and/or further interview the Client.

*We could never thank our Storytellers enough, but we do offer a humble stipend and a free ticket to one of our events for their work.

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Human Rights Initiative

In 2000, attorney Betsy Healy and social worker Serena Simmons Connelly founded Human Rights Initiative of North Texas. HRI offers free legal representation to those victims who are most vulnerable and, often times, completely invisible to the current justice system. All of HRI’s clients are survivors of human rights abuses, either internationally or domestically. Most often, they leave their home countries with little to nothing to help them start a new life and are faced with financial, cultural, language, transportation, and legal barriers. Through professional legal services, HRI is able to help these individuals overcome at least one of these hurdles: immigration status.  Through supportive social services, HRI begins to chip away at the rest.

OUR MISSION

HRI of North Texas provides legal and support services to refugees and immigrants who have suffered human rights abuses; advocates for justice; and promotes international human

OUR MODEL

Human Rights Initiative is proud of our innovative and efficient model to provide the maximum amount of services with the lowest cost to donors. Our legal services are always 100% free to the client. We are able to do this through a large, award-winning network of volunteer professionals who donate their time to help our cause. In turn, HRI offers free training and support to the professionals as they work on each legal case. 

 
 
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Human Rights Initiative Announces Third Annual Benefit Concert & Art Auction!

OCTOBER 27, 2018 - 8 P.M. - LIFE IN DEEP ELLUM