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A survivor in Uganda, outside of a church attacked by rebels; Stephen Smith Cody, 2014
A survivor in Uganda, outside of a church attacked by rebels. Credit: Stephen Smith Cody, 2014


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HRC is Hiring!

The Human Rights Center is looking for a Technology Program Research Director! Our Tech Program, launched in January 2015, seeks to improve the use of digital technology by criminal courts and human rights organizations worldwide. The Technology Program Director will manage the program’s various projects as well as oversee our technology fellows program. You can find additional information about the position and the application form here. This is a full-time, one-year contract position with possibility of renewal. We hope to receive all applications before July 20. Please share this opportunity with your friends and colleagues!  

Berkeley Law is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through research and student mentoring. Qualified women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Chris and Dilara Fellows 2015_HDRNew study by Human Rights Fellows looks at SF laws on homelessness  

“Punishing the Poorest” is a new study about the criminalization of homelessness in San Francisco from our 2015 Human Rights Fellows Chris Herring (UC Berkeley) and Dilara Yarbrough (UC San Diego). The researchers found that laws meant to keep people out of public spaces don’t work and do not result in better access to services. More information and a link to the study can be found at the Coalition on Homelessness.


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