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March 2017

"The life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous"

Frederick Douglas
To promote human dignity, justice, and peace by cultivating an expansive, vibrant base of support for Human Rights Education (HRE) in the United States.
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Join HRE USA on LinkedIn

Become part of the HRE USA on LinkedIn and meet your fellow HRE USA members! Join the HRE USA LinkedIn page to:

  • Stay up-to-date on HRE USA activities and events
  • Network and connect with other educators, practitioners, advocates and leaders within the HRE field
  • Exchange ideas and start and contribute to discussions on HRE topics of interest to you
  • Hear about opportunities, jobs, and announcements within the HRE community
Please join and help us make it a dynamic platform for all of us to share!  

>> Join HRE USA on LinkedIn

If you don't have a LinkedIn account, you can create a new one here. Then simply login and search for, “HRE USA” and join. 
STF Unites for Human Rights 

On March 3, 2017, as part of their Know Your Rights, Protect Our Rights campaign, Human Rights Watch Student Task Force (STF) chapters hosted "Unity Day" events to demonstrate their solidarity for human rights. Inspired by the successful Women's March in January, STFers hosted die-ins, human chains and art exhibits to call on their campus communities to stand up for human rights in the United States, especially for the protection of LGBT, immigration and women's rights.  
After their die-in, Santa Monica High School students make noise for human rights. Photo by Kristin Ghazarians

>> See more photos of HRW STF events here

Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana, HRE USA Member since 2016

Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana is the Area Director of the DC Peace and Economic Justice Program of the American Field Service Committee and recipient of the 2016 Edward O’Brien Award for Human Rights Education. The following is an interview between Jean-Louis and fellow HRE USA member, Nancy Flowers. 

Nancy: Tell me something about your personal background.
Jean-Louis: I was born into a large Catholic family in what was then the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the fifth child of thirteen siblings. My mother and most of my siblings still live there in what is now Zaire, but one brother is in Switzerland and two others in Angola. I went to Jesuit schools all my life until graduate school. I was influenced by my early work with the Jesuit Refugee Service to want to become a human rights lawyer.
In fact, I was only a year shy of graduating in law when in 1992 the dictator Mobutu Sese Seko closed all law schools because they were protesting his tyrannical regime. We had been inspired by the countries in Eastern Europe that were breaking away from the former Soviet Union and seeking to establish democracies. Suddenly I found myself on the street with no possibility of continuing my dream of becoming a human rights lawyer.

>> Read full interview

Protect Education & Health Care for Students 

>> Oppose Private School Vouchers
At a time of limited funding for existing education programs, it is unthinkable to divert billions of dollars to vouchers or similar privatization schemes instead of helping the tens of millions of students who attend our public schools. Vouchers don’t even create choice for parents, but rather choice for private schools — they can reject students based on economic status, academic achievement, disability, or even gender. Tell Congress NOT to divert billions of dollars to vouchers or similar privatization schemes.

>> Protect Health Care for Students
Under the guise of replacing the Affordable Care Act, GOP lawmakers have proposed devastating cuts to the financing of Medicaid, the joint federal and state program that provides health coverage for more than 35 million children. Lawmakers have also left in question the fate of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers an additional 8.4 million kids. Tell Congress NOT to take health coverage from millions of students.

SIT IHP Program Hiring Trustees Fellows

The School for International Training (SIT) International Honors Program (IHP) Human Rights program is currently hiring 
Trustees Fellows for the Fall 17 and Spring 18 semesters. Trustees Fellows play a crucial role in group facilitation, and community well-being on IHP programs. Fellows with the Human Rights program travel with the student group through NYC, Nepal, Jordan, and Chile in the course of one semester.

Application deadline is March 15th. 

>> Learn more about IHP
>> Learn more and the Fellow Position

To apply, visit this link, and click on 'Trustees Fellow.' In your application please specify which programs you are applying to. Be in touch with any questions or comments, or if you know someone submitting an application

The Underdeveloped Transformative Potential of HRE: English Primary Education as a Case Study

By Alison Struthers published in 27 January 2017 in the Journal of Human Rights Practice

In order for learners to become empowered human rights activists, they must be equipped with relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes. Learner empowerment therefore forms a central element of international human rights education provisions. This article draws upon empirical research to gauge the nature and extent of empowerment in English primary schools, and seeks to better understand the reasons for any deficiencies in its practice. It argues that whilst empowerment-related concepts may be encouraged to a certain extent, learners are unlikely to be emerging from formal schooling with the means to contribute significantly to transformation of the broader human rights culture. Two important barriers are identified: (i) teacher attitudes towards empowerment; and (ii) current government curriculum policy. The article argues on the first of these points that teachers are only likely to become comfortable and confident about such teaching if they are equipped with human rights knowledge, skills and experience in their own training. And on the second, that there needs to be a shift in government policy towards greater learner engagement with empowerment-related skills and relevant community engagement if the current trend towards didactic rote learning is to be reversed. 

HRE USA Discussion Series

When: March 30
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Amnesty International USA, 5 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York NY  10001

Human Rights Educators USA invites you to three interactive sessions in 2017 to identify the most pressing human rights issues we are facing today, discuss integrating human rights into our practice in the post-Obama era, and plan for specific areas of application and action. Each discussion session will be co-facilitated by HRE USA members, Felisa Tibbits, Scott Hirschfeld, Sandra Sirota, Kristina Eberbach, and Rebecca Norlander.  Please RSVP as space is limited.


Voice of Witness Oral History Training

When: June 27-30
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 

Interested in storytelling? Join Voice of Witness for their seventh annual Amplifying Unheard Voices Oral History Training from June 27-30, 2017 in San Francisco.

This unique four-day training highlights the power of personal narrative and provides educators, storytellers, and social justice advocates with the tools to conduct oral history projects in their classrooms and communities. In an effort to be as inclusive as possible, they offer a sliding scale rate for tuition. 

>> Learn more and register


HRE USA is a project of the Center for Transformative Action


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