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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 last summer. (Pictured from left to right: Stephen Smith Cody, Julie Freccero, Alexa Koenig, Keith Hiatt, and Kim Thuy Seelinger.) 

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Incarceration, Education, and Reentry: Reversing the School-to-Prison Pipeline 

prisoner drawingMonday, Feb. 8
4:30 to 6:30 pm
Barrows Hall, 8th Floor, Social Science Matrix

The equation is simple: prison and post-prison education = lower recidivism. How and why are these programs working and why isn’t prison education a top priority?

Join us for the second event in our [in]Justice System series, featuring: Simon Woodard, Program Coordinator, Prison University Project; Ron Moss, Executive Director, The Gamble Institute, Street Scholars Peer-Mentoring Program; Violeta Alvarez, Board Member, Underground Scholars Initiative and Instructor, Teach in Prison DeCal; and Danny Murillo, Program Analyst, Vera Institute of Justice and NJ-STEP Mountainview Program, Rutgers University and John Gardner Fellow at the Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley

Moderated by Professor Patricia Hilden, Ethnic Studies Department, UC Berkeley

Sponsored by: Human Rights Program, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley Social Science Matrix, The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, and Underground Scholars Initiative

RSVP. Space is limited. For more information: 510.643.7215 or

Human Rights Center submits ‘friend of the court’ brief in case against Chad’s Habré

7564865-11674698The Human Rights Center worked with a group of leading experts to submit an amicus brief in the case of former Chad dictator Hissène Habré in the Extraordinary African Chambers in Dakar, Senegal, urging the court to revise charges to include sexual violence crimes. Signatories included Justice Richard Goldstone, Dr. Kelly Askin, George Kegoro, Dr. Patricia Sellers, and Professor Beth Van Schaack. Read an article about the brief by The Guardian’s Celeste Hicks. 

Please find here the amicus in French and English: 

Mémoire D’Amicus Curiae

Amicus Curiae Brief in English

New Human Rights Center study calls on the world to increase support for victims 

VP cover imageA multi-country study of more than 600 survivors of war crimes and crimes against humanity—The Victims’ Court? A Study of 622 Victim Participants at the International Criminal Court—was issued by the Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law, during the Assembly of States Parties meeting in The Hague on November 20. Berkeley’s study finds that meaningful victim participation at the International Criminal Court (ICC) hinges on greater investment by member states in outreach and educational programs, so that victims can more fully understand their rights under the Rome Statute. Presently, most victim participants have insufficient knowledge to make informed decisions about their participation in trials.

Download the full report: The Victims’ Court? A Study of 622 Victim Participants at the International Criminal Court

Download the executive summary: Victims’ Court? Executive Summary

Read Stephen Smith Cody’s piece in Justice in Conflict: The ICC, A Victims’ Court? It Could Happen

New research on sexual violence released at Missing Peace workshop in Uganda

The 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 80 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.
Read an article about the study by The Guardian’s Liz Ford and Amaka Apara. 
Download the executive summary: The Long Road: Executive Summary
Read the Human Rights Center’s blog about the Missing Peace workshop in Kampala.