Vulnerable Populations

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The Initiative for Vulnerable Populations was established in 2006 to conduct research in countries experiencing serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. Founded as a collaboration between UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center and the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University, the Initiative used empirical research methods to give voice to survivors of mass violence. Between 2006 and 2011, the Initiative produced research designed to ensure needs of survivors are recognized and acted on by governments, UN agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. Additionally, the Initiative improved the capacity of local organizations to collect and analyze data about vulnerable populations so that their human rights can be protected.

The Initiative took on a range of projects, including assisting centers for former child soldiers in northern Uganda improve their capacity to collect and analyze data and provide follow-up services to returnees, as well as survey populations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cambodia, Central African Republic, and Liberia.

Reports resulting from the Initiative include population-based surveys on attitudes toward peace, justice, and social reconstruction.

Additionally, the Initiative:

  • Helped the Victims and Witness Unit of the International Criminal Court develop questionnaires to improve their services for witnesses;
  • Assisted Human Rights Watch in efforts to improve its capacity to collect and analyze empirical data on violations of human rights; and
  • Conducted research on transitional justice mechanisms in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, in collaboration with the International Center for Transitional Justice.

 

The Initiative has provided fellowships to graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley, and Tulane University to work with our partnering institutions, Human Rights Watch and the International Criminal Court.

Support has been provided by grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Humanity United.

 

Reports by the Initiative for Vulnerable Populations (see our Reports page for descriptions):

Talking Peace (cover)Talking Peace:
A Population-Based Survey on Attitudes about Security, Dispute Resolution, and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Liberia

June 2011

By Patrick Vinck, Phuong Pham, and Tino Kreutzer

 

 

After the First Trial (cover)After the First Trial:
A Population-Based Survey on Knowledge and Perception of Justice and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

June 2011

By Phuong Pham, Patrick Vinck, Mychelle Balthazard, and Sokhom Hean
In collaboration with the Center for Advanced Study

 

 

 

Transitioning to Peace (cover)Transitioning to Peace:
A Population-Based Survey on Attitudes about Social Reconstruction and Justice in Northern Uganda

December 2010

By Phuong Pham and Patrick Vinck

 

 

 

Building Peace, Seeking Justice (cover)Building Peace, Seeking Justice:
A Population-Based Survey on Attitudes about Accountability and Social Reconstruction in the Central African Republic

August 2010

By Patrick Vinck and Phuong Pham

 

 

 

So We Will Never Forget (cover)So We Will Never Forget:
A Population-Based Survey on Attitudes about Social Reconstruction and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

January 2009

By Phuong Pham, Patrick Vinck, Mychelle Balthazard, Sokhom Hean, and Eric Stover
In Collaboration with the Center for Advanced Study

 

 

Living with Fear (cover)Living with Fear:
A Population-Based Survey on Attitudes about Peace, Justice, and Social Reconstruction in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

August 2008

By Patrick Vinck, Phuong Pham, Suliman Baldo, and Rachel Shigekane
With the Payson Center for International Development (Tulane University), in partnership with the International Center for Transitional Justice

 

When the War Ends (cover)When the War Ends:
A Population-Based Survey on Attitudes about Peace, Justice, and Social Reconstruction in Northern Uganda

December 2007

By Phuong Pham, Patrick Vinck, Eric Stover, Andrew Moss, Marieke Wierda, and Richard Bailey
With the Payson Center for International Development (Tulane University), in partnership with the International Center for Transitional Justice

 

Northern Uganda (cover)Northern Uganda:
Research Note on Attitudes about Peace and Justice in Northern Uganda

August 2007

By Patrick Vinck, Phuong Pham, Eric Stover, Andrew Moss, and Marieke Wierda
With the Payson Center for International Development (Tulane University) and the International Center for Transitional Justice

 

 

Abducted (cover)Abducted:
The Lord’s Resistance Army and Forced Conscription in Northern Uganda

June 2007

By Phuong Pham, Patrick Vinck, and Eric Stover
With the Payson Center for International Development (Tulane University)

 

 

 

Forgotten Voices (cover)Forgotten Voices:
A Population-Based Survey on Attitudes about Peace and Justice in Northern Uganda

July 2005

By Phuong Pham, Patrick Vinck, Marieke Wierda, Eric Stover, and Adrian di Giovanni
With the International Center for Transitional Justice

 

 

Iraqi Voices (cover)Iraqi Voices:
Attitudes Toward Transitional Justice and Social Reconstruction

May 2004

By Nehal Bhuta, Hanny Megally, Harvey M. Weinstein, Phuong N. Pham, Eric Stover, Paul van Zyl, Suzana Grego, and Sarah Rutledge
With the International Center for Transitional Justice