In the News

Human Rights Center faculty and staff are regularly quoted in news reports.



Human Trafficking, Exploitation, and Health: a new PLOS Collection, Coauthored Julie Freccero with research assistance from Khaled Alrabe, Kim Seelinger, and Audrey Whiting

Antidote to Fake News: The Investigations Lab Teaches Digital Skepticism,  By Barbara Tannenbaum, October 2017

Student Journalists Contribute To National Record Of Hate Crimes,  By Natalie Wilson, September 21, 2017

Julie Freccero shares insights on sexual exploitation of minors on Al Jazeera, July 30, 2017

UC Berkeley students work to authenticate photos, videos from conflict zones, ABC 7 News, July 13, 2017.

World’s next generation of human rights investigators meets at Berkeley, UC Berkeley News,  June 28, 2017.

As ‘fake news’ flies, UC Berkeley students verify and document, The Mercury News, June 27, 2017.

UC Berkeley program seeks to help prosecute war criminals,” San Francisco Chronicle, April 14, 2017

How the Internet Can Help Stop Human Rights Abuse,” interview with Alexa Koenig by Chris Riback, Working Capital Review, March 28, 2017.

A New Generation of Human Rights Investigators Turns to High-Tech Methods,” PBS Newshour, Feb. 13, 2017

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror,” ALOUD Podcast Series, Jan. 17, 2017


“Human rights squad detects abuses in social media images” New Scientist, Nov. 11, 2016.

Hiding in Plain Sight book excerpt featured in the East Bay Monthly and the Alameda Magazine, August 2016.

Michele DiTomas, chief physician at the California Correctional Medical Facility and 1997 HRC fellow

Julie Freccero, associate director of the Sexual Violence Program at HRC.

Noah Novogrodsky, professor of law at the University of Wyoming and HRC visiting scholar

Danny Murillo, co-founder of the Underground Scholars Initiative at UC Berkeley

Hernán Reyes, former medical coordinator at the International Committee of the Red Cross and HRC Senior Research Fellow

Keramet Reiter, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law & Society and Law at UC Irvine and 2010 HRC fellow

Ben Ferencz, former Nuremberg trial prosecutor

Prosecuting War Criminals in the Era of the War on Terror,” KQED Forum, hosted by Michael Montgomery, interview with Eric Stover and Alexa Koenig, July 29, 2016.

International Justice Day Round-Up I: Habre, Bashir Travel, Crimes Against Humanity in Mexico,” by Beth Van Schaack, Just Security, July 18, 2016.

Genocide with Impunity” (episode), PBS, The Open Mind, hosted by Alexander Heffner, interview with Alexa Koenig, July 2, 2016.

Is Habre’s Landmark Conviction a New Model for International Justice?” by Celeste Hicks, World Politics Review, June 6, 2016, quoting Kim Thuy Seelinger.

2016 UC Berkeley Human Rights Fellows Named for Mesa Refuge,” Mesa Refuge, April 21, 2016.

‘Mission accomplished’ for UN war crimes court?” by Jo Biddle of Agence France-Presse, March 22, 2016, quoting Eric Stover on the anticipated verdict in the case of Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic.

In human rights reporting, the perils of too much information,” by Astha Rajvanshi, Columbia Journalism Review, March 14, 2016, quoting Keith Hiatt.

Researchers hope Pablo Neruda’s bones hold answer to poet’s death,” by Ivan Semeniuk, Globe and Mail, February 24, 2016, quoting Cristián Orrego Benavente, HRC Senior Research Fellow.

Defence lawyers begin summing up in Hissène Habré war crimes trial,” by Celeste Hicks, The Guardian, February 8, 2016, quoting Kim Thuy Seelinger.



Lawyers press for Chad’s Hissène Habré to face sexual slavery and rape charges,” by Celeste Hicks, The Guardian, December 22, 2015, quoting Kim Thuy Seelinger.

The War on Campus Sexual Assault Goes Digital,” by Natasha Singer, New York Times, November 13, 2015, quoting Keith Hiatt. Hiatt requoted in “Callisto is a new sexual assault reporting system for the 21st century,” by Lulu Chang, Digital Trends, November 16, 2015.

Accountability for Sexual Violence,” by M. J. Friedrich, Journal of the American Medical Association, October 20, 2015, noting The Long Road: Accountability for Sexual Violence in Conflict an Post-Conflict Settings.

Prosecutors are sending people to jail with software evidence that no one can double-check,” by Patrick Howell O’Neill, Daily Dot, October 19, 2015.

Secret source code pronounces you guilty as charged [Updated],” by David Kravets, Ars Technica, October 17, 2015.

Secret computer code is used to help send defendants to jail,” by Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal, October 8, 2015.

Local support key to achieving justice in sexual violence cases, claim researchers,” by Liz Ford and Amaka Opara, The Guardian, August 26, 2015.

Police to Institute Sexual Violence Unit,” by Andrew Ssenyonga, New Vision, August 26, 2015.

Alexa Koenig: Human Rights Today,” by The Exchange (podcast), interviewing Alexa Koenig on war crimes in the 21st century, April 27, 2015.

Berkeley Law Human Rights Center Wins $1M MacArthur Grant,” by Karen Sloan, National Law Journal, February 9, 2015.

Campus law school’s Human Rights Center wins $1 million MacArthur Award,” by Bo Kovitz, Daily Californian, February 9, 2015.

‘Who Has a Story to Tell That We Need to Hear?’ Human Rights Center Gains $1 Million,” California Magazine, February 5, 2015.

Berkeley Human Rights Center Awarded $1 Million for Investigating War Crimes,” KQED Radio Forum, interviewing Eric Stover on the MacArthur award and the Human Rights Center’s research—highlighting the Sexual Violence Program, February 6, 2015.

MacArthur Foundation awards $1 million to Human Rights Center,” by Andrea Lampros, Berkeley News, February 5, 2015. Reprinted in Berkeleyside, February 9, 2015.

MacArthur Foundation Awards Go to 9 Nonprofits,” by Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press, February 5, 2015

MacArthur grant nonprofit winners include law school center, retired justice’s civics program,” by Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal, February 5, 2015.

‘Who Has a Story to Tell That We Need to Hear?’ Human Rights Center Gains $1 Million,” California Magazine, February 5, 2015.

UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center receives $1 million MacArthur Award,” by Karina Ioffee, East Bay Times, February 5, 2015.

UC Berkeley Human Rights Center wins $1 million MacArthur grant,” by Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, February 5, 2015.

UC Berkeley program on human rights, war crimes wins $1 million grant,” by Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times, February 4, 2015.



Off the Cuff: Eric Stover, law professor and faculty director of the Berkeley Human Rights Center,” by Elizabeth Dobbins, Oberlin Review, November 14, 2014.

University of California, Berkeley: Envisioning Human Rights,” L’Oeil de la Photographie (The Eye of Photography) October 30, 2014.

On the Wall: How Photographers Envision Human Rights,” by Eugene Reznik, American Photo, September 22, 2014.

‘Envisioning Human Rights’ frames resilience of ‘societies under siege’,” by Barry Bergman, Berkeley News, September 3, 2014.

Worth a Thousand Words,” by DeWitt Cheng, East Bay Monthly, 2014.

A Push is on in the US to reunite families torn apart by El Salvador’s civil war,” by Monica Campbell, PRI, August 28, 2014.

Documentary Photo Show a First for Berkeley Law,” by Sam Whiting, SFGate, August 27, 2014.

Don’t Look Away: In Image-Saturated World, New Exhibit Asks Us to See and Feel,” by Michael Collier, California Magazine, August 27, 2014.

Your Call: How can photography impact the struggle for human rights around the globe?” KAWL Radio, interview with Eric Stover, Alexa Koenig, Mimi Chakarova, and Jean-Marie Simon about Envisioning Human Rights, August 25, 2014.

Human rights made strikingly visible at Berkeley show,” by Andrew Gilbert, Berkeleyside, August 22, 2014.

Science and Human Rights: A Success Story,” by Santiago del Carril, Buenos Aires Herald, August 11, 2014.

Guest Commentary: Africa Has a Billion Soccer Fans, But Doesn’t Need a Billion More,” by Cassandra Blazer (2014 Human Rights fellow), Contra Costa Times, July 26, 2014.

Sexual Violence Case in Liberia and Ivory Coast a Challenge to Justice,” by Tamasin Ford, Guardian, June 11, 2014, quoting Kim Thuy Seelinger.

Changing the equation: prosecution as prevention of war rape,” by Louise Tickle, Guardian, June 10, 2013

Women and Children First,” by Susan Ladika, International Educator, March/April 2014, profiling the Human Rights Center’s programs and the impact on empowering women around the world.

“CSJ realizara exhumaciones por massacres” (CSJ to begin massacre exhumations), by Oscar Iraheta, El Diario de Hoy (El Salvador), Janaury 28, 2014. 

‘I knew in my heart she was alive’: Families in El Salvador are finally reunited with children abducted during the country’s civil war,” by Nina Lakhani, Indepedent, January 18, 2014.



El Salvador mother and daughter meet 29 years after civil war abduction,” by Nina Lakhani, Guardian, December 29, 2013.

Dan Rather Reports, “Bones” episode, December 9, 2013, interviewing Eric Stover on war crimes investigations.

“Karma and Commitment: HRC Executive Director Alexa Koenig does the rights thing,” by Jon Jefferson, Transcript (Berkeley Law), Spring 2013.

From Marin to The Hague, working for justice,” by Barry Bergman, Berkeley News Center, April 30, 2013.

The Dark Ages: Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and the Law of Torment,” by Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, March 18, 2013.

“The girl who kicks the hornets’ nests,” by Jason Walsh, Pacific Sun, February 8, 2013.

“For the greater good,” by Ricard Halstead, Marin Independent Journal, February 3, 2013.



Salvadoran group dogged in search for children missing years ago in civil war,” by Ken Ellingwood, Washington Post, September 10, 2011.



Aid Agencies Careful Not to Push Myanmar Too Hard,” National Public Radio, All Things Considered, interview with Eric Stover, May 23, 2008.

Human Rights Center’s director talks of Burma,” by Tyche Hendricks, San Francisco Chronicle, May 24, 2008.



Human rights abuses threaten health in Burma,” by Rhona MacDonald, Lancet, August 4, 2007.

Burma junta faulted for rampant diseases,” by Yasmin Anwar, UC Berkeley News Center, June 28, 2007.



Human rights researchers find widespread problems after 2004 tsunami,” by Noel Gallagher, UC Berkeley News Center, October 19, 2005.

Study Sees Increase in Illegal Hispanic Workers in New Orleans,” by Leslie Eaton, New York Times, June 8, 2005.



Lifting the fog of war: Human Rights Center Director Eric Stover reports on chaos and lawlessness in Iraq,” by Bonnie Azab Powell, UC Berkeley News Center, April 28, 2003.

Kurds’ Looting Sweeps Across Liberated Kirkuk,” by Karl Vick and Steve Vogel, Washington Post, April 12, 2003.