2016 Human Rights Center Fellow Brittany Maché, a Ph.D. student in Berkeley’s Department of Geography at the annual Fellowship Conference.

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Human Rights Center Fellowship Info Session 2017: Jan. 17 children-in-the-west-bank-1


Join us for an information session about the Human Rights Center Fellowship on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 1 to 2pm, Boalt Hall 170. The event features: 2016 Human Rights Center Fellows and Berkeley Law students Mary Dahdouh and Natalie Schultheis, and new HRC Fellowship Coordinator Audrey Whiting. 

The Human Rights Center Fellowship provides a $5,000 award for UC Berkeley undergraduate, graduate, or graduating students to pursue human rights work with a partner organization over the summer. The application deadline is February 22, 2017.

RSVP to Audrey Whiting at audrey.whiting@berkeley.edu. 

Human Rights Investigations Lab: In the Newsdsc_0257 

The Human Rights Investigations Lab trained 40 students how to use open source techniques to document and verify potential human rights abuses and potential war crimes. The lab was featured in New Scientist—Human rights squad detects abuse in social media imagesand noted in a video about the Syrian Archive. 

Gun Violence in America event: Urban Gun Violence: Realities and Solutions

dsc_1158Our Urban Gun Violence: Realities and Solutions event at the Social Science Matrix this week featured Pastor Mike McBride, Director for Urban Strategies/LIVE FREE Campaign with the PICO National Network; Reygan Harmon, Ceasefire Project Manager, City of Oakland, and former Oakland Senior Policy Advisor on Public Safety Mike McLively, Staff Attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Leader, Healing Communities in Crisis Initiative. The event focused on hands-on solutions in Richmond, Oakland, and nationwide, delivered by frontline policymakers and advocates. A video will be available next week. 

Watch the video! 

A BIG THANKS for your support of human rights! big-give-posts_big-game

A big thanks to all of you for choosing to support the Human Rights Center on Cal’s Big Give. We received gifts from 36 supporters—nearly doubling the number who gave the previous year.  The Human Rights Center must raise nearly all of its budget from private gifts and foundations. We couldn’t do it without you. To learn about what your gift will support, visit our blog.

HRC launches Human Rights Investigations Lab—first of its kind

The Human Rights Center has just launched a pilot Human Rights Investigations Lab—the first university-based lab of its kind in the world that will use open sources to bring attention to and gather evidence of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The lab is a partnership with Amnesty International’s Digital Verification Corps, which will also include the University of Pretoria and the University of Essex. Amnesty came to Berkeley last week to train more than 40 students in open source techniques. Read more

Public health experts kick off UC Berkeley’s Gun Violence in America series

Dr. Garen Wintemute, UC Davis, speaks at Berkeley Law as part of the School of Public Health Dean’s Speaker Series and the Gun Violence in America series. (Photo by Monica Haulman).

Dr. Garen Wintemute, Director of the Violence Prevention Research Program and Baker-Teret Chair in Violence Prevention at UC Davis, and Professor Magdalena Cerdá, Vice Chancellor’s Chair in Violence Prevention and Assoc. Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis, came to Berkeley in September to discuss firearm violence as a health problem, highlighting successful interventions, and suggest possibilities for the future.

Read the Berkeley Human Rights Q&A with Dr. Garen Wintemute.

Learn more about the Gun Violence in America series. 

Berkeley students study human rights—from law to health, policy to practice

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HRC Researcher Khaled Alrabe leads a discussion in the interdisciplinary Sexual Violence in Conflict and Forced Migration Workshop.

Human Rights Center faculty and staff are teaching and engaging dozens of students this fall in coursework and workshops related to human rights—with the promise of practical impact. Learn more information about Human Rights Center courses.

Freccero selected to lead response to gender-based violence in refugee camps

TJulie Freccero for Greece releasehe United Nations Population Fund has selected Julie Freccero, associate director of the Human Rights Center’s Sexual Violence Program at UC Berkeley School of Law, for a three-month deployment in Greece to help develop and coordinate the response to gender-based violence against refugees and migrants in Greece, where more than 50,000 people remain stranded.Read more on the HRC Blog. 

Bellingcat’s Eliot Higgins joins the Human Rights Center 

eliot-higginsAward-winning citizen journalist Eliot Higgins has joined the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law as a Research Fellow, as part of the center’s Human Rights Investigations Lab. Read more on the HRC Blog.

Prestigious fellowship sends Seelinger to Italy for social good

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Kim Thuy Seelinger (center with baby), director of the Human Rights Center’s Sexual Violence Program, is pictured with her fellowship cohort in Bellagio, Italy.

Kim Thuy Seelinger, director of our Sexual Violence Program, is in Bellagio, Italy, this month after being selected for a prestigious fellowship sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. She will collaborate with 12 leading academics, artists, and practitioners from around the world who will exchange ideas about human behavior as it relates to building resilience and more inclusive economies. The Bellagio Fellows, part of a 60-year legacy, are chosen based on contributions they’ve made in their fields and unique approaches to advancing the social good.

“The Bellagio Center is thrilled to bring together leading thinkers from a range of backgrounds to explore the topic of behavior change, and to accelerate this interest and momentum for social good,” said Claudia Juech, associate vice president and managing director at The Rockefeller Foundation. 

PBS’s The Open Mind: Alexa Koenig discusses war crimes, impunity

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Watch this recent episode of PBS’s The Open Mind with Alexander Heffner interviewing Alexa Koenig about crimes against humanity, impunity, Guantánamo, drones, the International Criminal Court, and more.  Koenig is the Human Rights Center’s executive director and the  co-author with Eric Stover and Victor Peskin of Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror

Spotlight: 2016 Human Rights Center Fellow Laura Klivans

2016, Klivans2016 Human Rights Center Fellow Laura Klivans from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is working with the Investigative Reporting Program this summer, producing a series of radio stories for KQED on the impact of charging kids as adults in California’s prisons.  Read more about Laura and all of our 2016 Human Rights Center Fellows.