Second Human Rights Educators Gathering

Photo by Patricia Williams

August 12, 2013: Human Rights Activists, educators and students gathered at the Los Angeles offices of Human Rights Watch for the second meeting of the HRE USA network. Regional members met to build partnerships and encourage resource-sharing of ideas and materials for implementing HRE.

Presentations from three regional HRE programs offered participants new resources. Ashley Steimer-King, of Girls Learn International (GLI), shared the GLI Guidebook with handouts, activities and lesson plans for learning about girls’ human rights and advocating for girls’ education. Wesley Farrow, from the RFK Center, presented the Speak Truth to Power program with an in depth look at the play, curriculum and outreach efforts, including the Youth Speaking Truth program, a video contest and RFK Center’s Project Seatbelt. USC Shoah Foundation’s Amy Carnes gave a tour of the i-Witness website and explained how students and teachers can use the video library to gain a better understanding of genocide and human rights. Amy propsed the i-Witness Video Challenge, which encourages students to get engaged in their communities while filming themselves doing human rights work.

Other regional members also shared their lesson plans and suggestions, research methods and international HRE initiatives, including HRW Student Task Force’s and i-Act’s Human Rights Mobile Library project.

For more information or if you would like to be involved with future regional initiatives, please contact Pam Bruns, HRE USA Regional Coordinator for Southern California, at, or Kristin Ghazarians, HRW STF Project Liaison, at

Read minutes from the Gathering!

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