Global Conference Logistics

Please visit this page for logistics information and important updates regarding the 1st Global Conference on Defending Dalit Rights, taking place at Trinity Washington University in NE, Washington, D.C., USA from Thursday, March 19 through Saturday, March 21, 2015.

Trinity Washington University is located at 125 Michigan Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017

For directions to Trinity campus, visit this link.


To REGISTER for the Global Conference, please visit our registration portal at this link.

The general registration fee is $100.00 USD per attendee. This fee covers the cost of all conference materials, food, and refreshments only*, beginning March 19 at 8am through March 21 at 12noon. The welcoming reception on the evening of March 18 is also included in the registration price.

If you are unable to register online, you have the option of paying the registration fee ‘at the door‘ once you arrive to the conference, on the evening of Wednesday, March 18 or the morning of Thursday, March 19, before the conference begins. If you plan to register in person, or seek to make another arrangement for registration, please email Mikuak Rai, Global Conference Manager, at the following email address:

*Each attendee is responsible for securing, scheduling, and financing (either on their own or via sponsorship) their travel to and from the conference, their hotel lodging/accommodations for the duration of their stay, and any other personal needs outside of the scope of the materials, food, and refreshments provided by the conference organizers. To learn more about the available discounted lodging options at or near the conference site, please see the GLOBAL CONFERENCE LODGING OPTIONS section below.


If you require an official invitation letter from the Global Conference Organizing Committee (GCOC) and the International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR), please send an email with your request to the attn. of Mikuak Rai, Global Conference Manager, at the following address:

Please be sure to include your name as it appears on your passport, your address of residence, the country you are traveling from, your telephone number, how your trip is being financed (for example – “Financed by self”; or “Financed by sponsor”, in which case please provide the sponsor’s name and contact information for our records), and a contact email for us to send the official invitation letter to. This information will help us expedite the process. Thank you!


For people attending the Global Conference from international destinations, we recommend you book your airline travel through Baltimore/Washington International Airport, as this is the nearest international airport located to the conference site.

For attendees traveling within the United States, we recommend booking your flight through Reagan National Airport, from which you can easily arrive to the Global Conference site via DC Metrorail (subway system).

For attendees arriving via Amtrak to Union Station, please visit this link for your travel booking needs.

For information and schedules on the Washington, D.C. area Metrorail, which serves the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, including Reagan National Airport and Union Station directly, visit this link.

For other airport, train, and D.C. area transportation questions in advance of your visit, please email Mikuak Rai, Global Conference Manager, at


We have a limited amount of rooms reserved on the campus of Trinity Washington University, the site of the Global Conference. These spaces are available for the price of $40.00 USD per person, per night. Please plan to cover the cost equivalent to three nights stay if you are attending the conference only, meaning that you will require lodging for the evenings of March 18, 19, and 20 only. If you plan to arrive significantly earlier or leave later than March 21, please email Mikuak Rai, Global Conference Manager, at so that proper accommodations may be arranged for your stay. Use our convenient PayPal button (below) to purchase your room for the conference.

Trinity U. Lodging – March 18-21, 2015

A secondary lodging option we have reserved for conference attendees is located at the DoubleTree Hotel (by Hilton) in downtown Silver Spring, MD, just a few short metro stations away from the campus of Trinity Washington University, the conference site. We have reserved a block of 20 rooms for the dates March 17 through March 24, 2015. The room rate at this location is $139.00 USD per night plus 13% tax, and includes Wi-Fi internet access throughout the entire hotel. Please plan to book your hotel space for at least three evenings if you’re travling from out of town to attend the conference. We recommend sharing the room with someone you’re attending with or already know in order to split the cost of the room fee. Book your room now or email Mikuak Rai, Global Conference Manager, at so proper arrangements may be made for your stay at this location. Space is limited AND all reservations must be made by February 25 in order for us to get this discounted price. Anything booked after that date will be subject to the hotel’s availability and may include a change in price from what is stated above.

Please contact Mikuak Rai, Global Conference Manager, as soon as possible to book your lodging accommodations for the Global Conference. Payment deposits of at least one night’s stay will be required to hold your personal room reservation. Please make this payment directly to ICDR via the ICDR PayPal account here. Please indicate with your payment that it is specifically for your lodging; include your name (or the name of the person staying in the space), and for how many nights the payment is made to cover. For any questions, do not hesitate to email Mikuak Rai at, or call 1 (202) 276-3099 (U.S. cell phone), or Skype at mikuakcimirai.


If you plan to drive your car to attend the Global Conference, there will be free available parking at the campus of Trinity Washington University. Please email Mikuak Rai, Global Conference Manager, at if you do plan to drive and will require parking so we may arrange for a proper parking permit and ensure adequate parking spaces for all driving attendees. Thank you in advance!


Trinity Washington University will provide limited shuttle service for all Global Conference attendees to and from the Brookland/CAU Metro Station (on the Red Line) and Trinity campus. This will help attendees staying off campus at area hotels more easily find their way to Trinity campus for the conference. Schedules of available shuttles and times will be included in conference attendees’ materials upon arrival.

For more info on the GENERAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE, please go to this link.

For any questions not answered on this page, please contact Mikuak Rai, Global Conference Manager, at and state your question. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response. Thank you!

Please register for the Global Conference here.

For information on the Global Conference Organizing Committee (GCOC), please visit this link.