News and Events
PBS NewsHour features Human Rights Investigations Lab
“A new generation of human rights investigators turns to high-tech methods”
The PBS NewsHour aired a story on February 13 about our Human Rights Investigations Lab and our work with Amnesty International’s Digital Verification Corps (and students at the University of Essex and University of Pretoria).
Gunfight: UCLA Law Prof Adam Winkler on the history of gun laws what to expect in Trump’s America
UCLA Law Professor Adam Winkler discussed his acclaimed book Gunfight, which probes four centuries of America’s fixation on the right to bear arms. Winkler argues that guns―not abortion rights, race, or religion―are at the heart of America’s cultural divide. Probing the landmark Heller case, which invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation’s capital, he will break down the fight between gun-rights advocates and gun-control lobbyists.
The Resistance: Alexa Koenig is featured in San Francisco’s Magazine along with other champions for justice
The Human Rights Center’s Alexa Koenig is featured in San Francisco Magazine this month as part of “The Resistance”—Bay Area lawmakers, activists, advocates, and lawyers fighting for justice in this new political era. Read the article here.
Freccero spearheads Call to Action for women’s rights in Greek refugee camps
More than a dozen international and national aid agencies working in Greece’s refugee and migrant camps have just signed a Call to Action to Advance Women’s Rights to improve gender-based violence protection, increase access to sexual and reproductive health services, and promote women’s empowerment. Julie Freccero, associate director of the Sexual Violence Program, who spearheaded the effort, has been deployed in Greece since August with the United Nations Population Fund to improve the response to gender-based violence in the camps. The Call to Action developed from a Women’s Rights Briefing Paper that Freccero created with colleagues from Oxfam and other key organizations to synthesize research and advocacy in response to the refugee crisis.
Human Rights Investigations Lab in the news
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 images—and noted in a video about the Syrian Archive. PBS NewsHour has just shot a story about the Lab that is expected to air in February. This semester, we have more than 60 students in the lab working on five projects.
Gun Violence in America event: Urban Gun Violence: Realities and Solutions
Our 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.
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