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The MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions is awarded to the Human Rights Center and eight other extraordinary organizations during a ceremony in Chicago this summer. 

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New research on sexual violence released at Uganda workshop

MP Kim talkingThe Human Rights Center’s Sexual Violence Program launched The Long Road: Accountability for Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings at the Missing Peace Practitioners’ Workshop  in Kampala on August 26. More than 100 participants from Sierra Leone, Kenya, Uganda, Liberia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo at #MissingPeaceKampala discussed the findings and other key concerns related to ending sexual violence during and after armed conflicts.
Download the studyThe Long Road
Read the Human Rights Center’s blog about the Missing Peace workshop in Kampala. 
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Related links: Missing Peace Practitioners’ Workshop: Participants only

Reiter and Koenig break ground with Extreme Punishment—a new book on prisons 

Extreme Punishment (Reiter and Koenig, 2015)

Extreme Punishment—a new book from Palgrave edited by HRC Executive Director Alexa Koenig and UC Irvine Professor Keramet Reiter— investigates the physical architecture, legal administration, and the lived experience of 21st-century prisoners, including the mentally ill, non-citizen immigrants, and enemy combatants in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Contributors address the question: How do punishers exert power, and how do the punished experience that power?

“Groundbreaking in its research and documentation, this bracing collection forces us to think again–and in unexpected ways– about how law abets and sustains a global network of military, immigration, and penal polices, unprecedented in their severity and reach,” says  says Vanderbilt University Professor Colin Dayan about Extreme Punishment.

More about Extreme Punishment. 

Justine photo May 2014Meet our fourteen Human Rights Fellows for 2015 

From mitigating election violence in Côte d’Ivoire to investigating the criminalization of homeless people in San Francisco to supporting unaccompanied refugee children in Honduras, our 2015 Human Rights Fellows will contribute their expertise and energy to human rights organizations in nine countries. The center has now supported 275 Human Rights Fellows and counting! Read about our 2015 fellows.

Human Rights Center wins MacArthur award

Clyde Snow and Judge.x rayThe Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law is one of nine nonprofit organizations around the world to receive the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced today.

Known for its “genius awards” to individuals, the MacArthur Foundation also honors extraordinary organizations—in this case, recognizing the Human Rights Center’s investigations and research on war crimes and human rights abuses in more than a dozen countries and spotlighting the Center’s recent work on wartime sexual violence. MacArthur will award the Center $1 million to establish an endowment and expand its Sexual Violence Program.

“The Human Rights Center combines rigorous, leading-edge scientific research with on-the-ground work, yielding valuable contributions to our understanding of rights’ violations and our collective commitment to hold perpetrators accountable,” said MacArthur Vice President Elspeth Revere, who leads the awards program. “MacArthur applauds the Human Rights Center’s creativity and effectiveness, and we hope this recognition and investment will help sustain its work and expand its impact.”

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Read a press release about the award