HRE Organizations


STF Team’s Picks

We find these organizations to be the best and most complete caches of HRE resources;
some can be seen referenced throughout the site.

Table of Contents (organized alphabetically A – Z):

Scroll through our developing list for HRE information and resources.

FEATURED: Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes.

Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For more than 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

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FEATURED: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

OHCHR logoThe Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the principal human rights office of the United Nations. Its main “priorities are strengthening international human rights mechanisms; enhancing equality and countering discrimination; combating impunity and strengthening accountability and the rule of law; integrating human rights in development and in the economic sphere; widening the democratic space; and early warning and protection of human rights in situations of conflict, violence and insecurity.”

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The Advocates for Human Rights

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The Advocates for Human Rights, at the forefront of the world’s human rights movement, creates and maintains lasting, comprehensive, and holistic change on a local, national, and global scale. Volunteers, partners, supporters, board members, and staff implement international human rights standards to promote civil society and reinforce the rule of law.

For more than 30 years, our innovative programming has changed the lives of refugees and immigrants, women, ethnic and religious minorities, children, and other marginalized communities. We investigate and expose human rights violations, represent immigrants and refugees seeking asylum, train and assist groups that protect human rights, engage the public, policy-makers, and children; and push for legal reform and advocates for sound policy.

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Amnesty International Secretariat

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights.

Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion, and are funded mainly by our membership and public donations.

At the heart of Amnesty International is this idea: that we are at our most powerful when we stand together for human rights. We work together in many different ways, so that all our supporters can be involved, wherever they live and whatever their age, background or skills. Our movement is driven by our members, supporters, our more than 1,800 staff members and hundreds of volunteers around the world.

Together we campaign to:

  • defend freedom of expression
  • protect women’s rights
  • abolish the death penalty
  • demand justice for crimes against humanity
  • demand corporate accountability where companies have abused people’s rights

Campaigning can change lives – of the survivors of human rights abuses, of the human rights activists, even of the abusers.

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Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

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The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy has a mission to make human rights principles central to the formulation of good public policy in the United States and throughout the world. We train future leaders for careers in public service and apply first-class research to the solution of public policy problems.

Since its founding in 1999 through a gift from Kennedy School alumnus Greg Carr, the Center has developed a unique focus of expertise on the most dangerous and intractable human rights challenges of the new century, including genocide, mass atrocity, state failure and the ethics and politics of military intervention.

In approaching such challenges, we seek to lead public policy debate, to train human rights leaders and to partner with human rights organizations to help them respond to current and future challenges. We also recognize that the solutions to such problems must involve not only human rights actors, but governments, corporations, the military and others not traditionally perceived as being “human rights” efforts. Thus, we seek to expand the reach and relevance of human rights considerations to all who influence their outcomes.

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Dorothy Cotton Institute

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The Dorothy Cotton Institute honors and perpetuates the legacy of an important Civil Rights leader, Ms. Dorothy Cotton.  As an internationally renowned  education and resource center, it develops, nurtures, and trains leaders for a global human rights movement; is building a network and community of civil and human rights leadership; and explores, shares, and promotes practices that transform individuals and communities, opening new pathways to peace, justice and healing.

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Facing History and Ourselves

Facing History, for more than 30 years, has believed that education is the key to combating bigotry and nurturing democracy.

Through a rigorous investigation of the events that led to the Holocaust, as well as other recent examples of genocide and mass violence, students in a Facing History class learn to combat prejudice with compassion, indifference with participation, and myth and misinformation with knowledge.

We work with educators throughout their careers to improve their effectiveness in the classroom, as well as their students’ academic performance and civic learning.

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Human Rights Education Associates

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international non-governmental organisation that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through on-line technologies. HREA is dedicated to quality education and training to promote understanding, attitudes and actions to protect human rights, and to foster the development of peaceable, free and just communities.

HREA works with individuals, non-governmental organisations, inter-governmental organisations and governments interested in implementing human rights education programmes. Services provided by HREA are:

  • Assistance in curriculum and materials development;
  • Training of professional groups;
  • Research and evaluation;
  • Clearinghouse of education and training materials;
  • Networking human rights defenders and educators.

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Human Rights Educators USA

Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA) is a national network dedicated to building a culture of respect for human rights. HRE USA is committed to the basic human rights principles of human dignity, equality, and non-discrimination as articulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In all our undertakings we value diversity, inclusiveness, transparency, integrity, accountability, responsibility, and respectful and honest communication and sharing. Regardless of varying perspectives, HRE USA expects its members will operate from the same values in their dealings with each other.

The mission of HRE USA: To promote human dignity, justice, and peace by cultivating an expansive, vibrant base of support for Human rights education (HRE) in the United States.

HRE USA facilitates mutual collaboration and support to maximize members’ efforts to:

  • integrate HRE into formal and non-formal educational settings, such as schools, universities, and organizations that work with youth;
  • advocate for the inclusion of HRE in national and state education policies, standards, curricula, and pedagogy;
  • provide pre-service and in-service teacher training programs and HRE resources;
  • contribute to global research and scholarship on HRE; and
  • empower educators and learners.

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National Education Association

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National Education Association Human and Civil Rights understands that education advocacy and social justice advocacy go hand in hand, and that an increasingly diverse kaleidoscope of students and educators must feel welcome in our public schools.

We believe individuals are strengthened when they work together for the common good. As education professionals, we improve both our professional status and the quality of public education when we unite and advocate collectively.

NEA also believes every student in America, regardless of family income or place of residence, deserves a quality education. In pursuing its mission, NEA has determined that we will focus the energy and resources of our 3.2 million members on improving the quality of teaching, increasing student achievement and making schools safer, better places to learn.

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Speak Truth to Power

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Speak Truth To Power, a project of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, is a multi-faceted global initiative that uses the experiences of courageous defenders from around the world to educate students and others about human rights, and urge them to take action. Issues range from slavery and environmental activism to religious self-determination and political participation. Speak Truth to Power began as a book written by Kerry Kennedy (and since translated into 6 languages with more coming), and has been adapted into a dramatic production by Ariel Dorfman.

The Speak Truth To Power human rights education curriculum has been disseminated to millions of students in the U.S., Europe and Africa. The international interest in the curriculum continues to grow and to offer new partnership opportunities with donors, governments and with teachers’ unions in the U.S.  A model country for this educational initiative is Italy, where the 12-week course has been taught to over 700,000 students. The human rights education curriculum is also being taught in Cambodia, Canada, France, Greece, Norway, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

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Street Law

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Street Law develops classroom and grassroots programs that educate students and communities about law, democracy, and human rights. Some of our initiatives bring us directly into classrooms and neighborhoods. However, the majority of our efforts, including our popular professional development programs, are focused on training others—individuals and organizations—to become effective Street Law educators. Our approach is practical, relevant, and experiential, blending legal content with innovative hands-on teaching strategies that actively engage students and program participants in the learning process.

When it comes to developing legal curricula, Street Law is a leader. Our groundbreaking textbook, Street Law: A Course in Practical Law, now in its eighth edition, is used in classrooms across the U.S. We’ve authored hundreds of lessons on law, democracy, human right, public policy, crime prevention, conflict resolution, and youth advocacy.

By helping to improve the teaching of law and understanding of relevant legal principles, Street Law empowers youths and adults to use their knowledge to solve problems and better their communities, and motivates them to become active participants in society.

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unicef-logo-01-1024x651UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality.  That makes us unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young.

We believe that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress.  UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.  We believe that we can, together, advance the cause of humanity.

UNICEF upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  We work to assure equality for those who are discriminated against, girls and women in particular. We work for the Millennium Development Goals and for the progress promised in the United Nations Charter. We strive for peace and security. We work to hold everyone accountable to the promises made for children.

We are part of the Global Movement for Children – a broad coalition dedicated to improving the life of every child.  Through this movement, and events such as the United Nations Special Session on Children, we encourage young people to speak out and participate in the decisions that affect their lives.

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University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute

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The University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute currently runs one of the largest undergraduate majors and minors in human rights, offers a Graduate Certificate in Human Rights, and sponsors three thematic research clusters centered on health and human rights, humanitarianism and economic  and social rights.

As a university wide program, the Institute advances human rights teaching across all University of Connecticut colleges and schools and pursues novel and critical approaches to human rights scholarship and pedagogy. Our aim is to educate well-rounded scholars with an informed understanding of human rights, promote interdisciplinary scholarship and provide experiential learning for our students. The Institute encourages engaged discussion and academic research on the advantages and limitations of human rights discourse and practice. Our research programs demonstrate the Institute’s commitment to bridging disciplinary boundaries and providing a space for scholars and advocates to exchange knowledge and experience across areas of expertise.

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University of Minnesota Human Rights Center

The University of Minnesota Human Rights Center was inaugurated December 1988 on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The principal focus of the Human Rights Center is to help train effective human rights professionals and volunteers. The Human Rights Center assists human rights advocates, monitors, students, and educators through five primary programs:

  • Applied Human Rights Research;
  • Educational Tools;
  • Field and Training Opportunities;
  • Human Rights On-line through the Human Rights Library and Resource Center; and
  • Learning Communities and Partnerships.

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The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Program

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The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Program is an outgrowth of a series of successful initiatives carried out since 2006 to educate and inspire youth and adults to further human rights for all people. These initiatives have used the creative arts to deepen learning about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR); they have also given participating youth the voice to teach their peers and adults about the importance of the UDHR concepts.

With the success of two years of pilot work at San Francisco’s Balboa High School (Jerry Garcia’s alma mater), and Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, CA, the project is now working to widely distribute a high school curriculum that integrates the creative arts to deepen the learning of the UDHR, as well as to commission original productions in which youth convey the importance of the UDHR Articles, starting with Article 26, the Right to an Education.

While raising awareness about the UDHR the project seeks to provide multiple levels of benefits:

  • Supporting grassroots non-profits and creative arts professionals
  • Showcasing the importance and value of creative arts to personal development and a vibrant culture
  • Engaging youth to inspire learning, critical thinking and positive social interaction
  • Encouraging youth who are often marginalized due to learning or physical differences to enjoy participation in school-wide events
  • Engaging the broader community to support and celebrate accomplishments of youth
  • Providing collaboration opportunities among non-profits, public schools and universities

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