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Kim Thuy Seelinger, director of the Human Rights Center’s Sexual Violence program, talks with students in the Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict and Forced Migration Research Workshop. The interdisciplinary workshop, which she leads with HRC Researcher Khaled Alrabe, includes graduate students from Berkeley Law, the School of Public Health, Social Welfare, and Development Practice.

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Battle Lines: Who is Framing the Gun Debate? Featuring George Lakoff

Tuesday, October 25, 5 pm, Berkeley Law, Room 100, RSVP here.

How do advocates for gun rights, and for gun violence prevention, frame their cases in the media—or fail to do so? How has this framing contributed to the partisan divide among voters and legislators that has prevented meaningful federal gun legislation from passing in the last 20 years? This expert panel features internationally acclaimed UC Berkeley linguist George Lakoff, change communications pioneer Makani Themba, and public health professor and gun violence expert Lawrence Wallack. The panel will pull back the curtain on the messaging, linguistics, and spin used to frame the discussion of gun violence.

The Gun Violence in America event series is sponsored by the Human Rights Center, Human Rights Program, Graduate School of Public Health, Graduate School of Journalism, Henderson Center for Social Justice, and Social Science Matrix. For more information, visit our Gun Violence in America site

Surviving International Boulevard: film screening and panel 


The Human Rights Center sponsored a screening on Oct. 17 of Surviving International Boulevard, a short and provocative documentary that reveals the complex reality of domestic child sex trafficking through the real-life experiences of two local women from Oakland. The screening was followed by a panel discussion, which was moderated by HRC’s Faculty Director Eric Stover and featured Sarai Smith-Mazariego, founder of MISSSEY and SHADE; Elise Geltman, from the WestCoast Children’s Clinic, and filmmaker Sian Taylor-Gowen.

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.

West Bank children: living in the balance between trauma and joy

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Children at the Dar Al-Fanon community center in the Askar Qadim refugee camp.

Thanh Mai, a 2016 Human Rights Center Fellow, sends a reflection about working with children at a community center in the West Bank. Read her dispatch 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.