What is the Student Task Force?

The Human Rights Watch Student Task Force (STF), launched in 1999, is a youth leadership-training program that brings together high school students and teachers from the Los Angeles area and empowers them to advocate for human rights issues that concern the local and international rights of children.

Founded by Los Angeles-based Human Rights Watch staff and a dedicated Advisory Committee, STF was created to address the absence of human rights education in State standards and schools. Working together, STF staff and teachers mentor students in leadership and human rights activism, enabling them to be voices for change to have an immediate and lasting impact in their communities and beyond.

Since 1999, STF has been a vital link in Southern California for human rights education. We have trained thousands of students in human rights education, inspiring them to adopt a new worldview and to be human rights activists and engaged global citizens in their personal, academic and professional lives.

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