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APRIL 2019
A national network dedicated to building a culture of human rights.

HRE USA 2018 Annual report

At HRE USA we believe human rights education is key to ensuring a future in which all people’s rights are respected, protected, and fulfilled.  

It is with this passion and purpose that HRE USA continued to build a culture of human rights in 2018. Highlights of our work over the past year include awarding our first Flowers Fund Grantees to support innovation in HRE, coordinating our first human rights poster contest to bring the UDHR to classrooms across the nation, providing outstanding free HRE curricula and lesson plans through our online resource library, and ensuring that HRE is a vital part of any new state education policies and standards. Read our full 2018 Annual Report to learn more.

HRE USA operates on a very lean budget and DOES NOT charge membership fees. The bulk of the work conducted on HRE USA activities and projects is done through the in-kind donation of time and energy given by dedicated members. In 2018 alone, Steering and Advisory Committee members contributed over 1,520 in-kind hours.*

Please consider supporting HRE-USA by making a tax-deductible contribution on our behalf to our fiscal sponsor, the Center for Transformative Action, a 501(c)3 organization. 


On behalf of the HRE USA Steering Committee, we would like to thank all our members for a great year and we look forward to continuing to work together to build a strong human rights education community!

>> view report



  2018 Annual Report
  Become a DC Rep
  HRE Award - Call for Nominations
  Apply for an HRE Grant


  Join CRC Campaign


  Support Student Action
  Human Rights on the Border


  Get on the Bus
 HR & Science Essay Contest
  Teaching Poetry for Social Justice
 NESRI Podcast
 Teaching Abolition & the Civil War
  Funding for Social Justice
 Free Child Rights MOOC
 Global Institute for HR - PA
  Immigration Detention, & Resistance Through Art - NY
  Human Rights Cities - GA

Become a Regional Representative in D.C.

HRE USA has a national network of chapters with regional representatives who volunteer to serve as contact persons for human rights educators in their region, state or city. 

Spread the word - HRE USA has an opening for a DC Metro Area Regional Co-Representative!

Regional Representative Job Description:  

  • Serve as a “live-and-in-person” contact for area members to turn to with ideas, questions, and concerns.
  • Provide opportunities for members in your area to connect, share ideas, and support each other’s HRE efforts.
  • Provide HRE USA with an overview of regional members’ interests, needs, and concerns so that the network can better serve them.
  • Seek opportunities for adding new individual and organizational members.
  • Uphold 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) within the United States.

If you are interested in becoming a regional representative in Washington, D.C. or in another city or region, contact Emily Farell, Coordinator for HRE USA Regional Representatives.

>> Learn more

Human Rights Education Award Call for Nominations

HRE USA invites nominations for the 2019 Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Awards in memory of Ed O’Brien, pioneer human rights educator and valued member of HRE USA who died in 2015.

Nominations may be for:

  1. An individual who has made a significant contribution to human rights education in the United States
  2. An organization, institution, or program that has made an outstanding contribution to human rights education in the United States

One organization and one individual are awarded every year. The awards will be presented in November during the National Council for the Social Studies conference in Austin, TX.

Nomination Deadline: July 1, 2019

>> Learn More
>> 2019 Nomination Form

Send inquiries and nominations to: Nancy Flowers

Apply for a 2019 Flowers Fund Grant

Do you have an idea to advance human rights education in the United States?  Need support?  Applications are now being accepted for 2019 Flowers Fund Grants.

Grants of up to $1000 will be made for projects to individuals and organizations that are members of HRE USA. All applications should have direct relevance to human rights education in the United States and be completed during the 2019/2020 Academic year.

The Flowers Fund will consider applications in areas such as research in human rights education, travel to attend HRE conferences, encouragement of emerging leadership, and innovative projects that expand the scope and understanding of HRE and/or extend the audience for HRE. ​

Application Deadline: July 1, 2019

>> Learn more and apply

Join HRE USA Campaign on the Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is turning 30 this year.  The CRC is the most comprehensive human rights treaty on children’s rights and notably the most widely ratified treaty since its introduction 30 years ago. The treaty has been ratified by every country with one notable exception — the United States, which has never even sent it to the Senate for consent and approval. 

While there is no good reason for the United States not to ratify the CRC, there are several reasons why we urgently need it. Ratifying the convention is not just about saving face in the international community — it will require us to confront some hard truths about the exceptionally bad way we treat children in this country, work to bring our laws and practices in line with international law, and ensure that children's rights are human rights. 

In honor of the upcoming 30th Anniversary of the CRC, HRE USA is galvanizing support to not only work towards the ultimate goal of U.S. ratification of the CRC, but also, to partner with individuals, organizations, institutions, and communities to achieve the short-term goal of the endorsement of the CRC at state, local, and school district levels. Overall we hope the campaign will increase awareness of the importance of the CRC and how the U.S. falls short in fulfilling the rights of the child. 

To get involved and join the working group, please contact Benil Mostafa

Supporting Student Action for Social Justice

By  Stef Bernal-Martinez, Teaching Tolerance

Young people are showing us every day what we should already know—that they are capable of understanding the relationship between power and oppression in the intricacies of their lived experiences.

Teaching in the Durham, North Carolina community helped me recognize young people’s capacity to understand and respond to social injustice with measured, creative and nuanced strategies for change. When a Confederate monument was toppled down the street from our school, my students researched the history of racial violence in our community. When students at a neighboring school witnessed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, my students wrote letters of comfort and support for that school community. When confronted with the narrative that “all lives matter,” my students painted a mural at a community park that said, “Care About Black Lives.”

And the recent work of students at New York’s Fieldston School for Ethical Culture reminded me again of the need to support student-led social action. After a video surfaced of white Fieldston students using racist language, students of color and white students occupied the administration office to demand the adoption of 20 necessary changes—and got them.

Our responsibility as educators is to be “keepers of the tape”: We must provide our students with the necessary tools—the tape—to create their own pathways to problem-solving and to craft their own solutions. We don’t have all the answers, and our young people are inheriting a world that is inequitable and unjust. As educators, it’s vital that we share the lessons we’ve learned and then get out of the way of students’ leadership.

When I learned that my own teaching “best practices” were better translated as choices than canon, my students were able to choose how they needed to respond to social injustice. Here’s what I’ve learned.

Human Rights on the Southern Border

By Kristin Ghazarians, Human Rights Watch Student Task Force

Palisades Charter HS’s Human Rights Watch Student Task Force presented their special exhibit, “Human Rights on the Southern Border,” on Friday, March 1 in their school auditorium in Pacific Palisades, CA.

The exhibit was produced by Pali’s Student Task Force, with the support of the Latino Student Union (LSU), to provide significant facts about the people and geography along the 2,000-mile U.S. southern border, why people cross it, and examples of basic human rights violations documented by human rights organizations. The Student Task Force hopes their presentation helped viewers better understand southern border issues and motivated them to continue learning more about this humanitarian crisis.

Congressman Ted Lieu sent his immigration representative, Daisy Paniagua-Uribe, to view the exhibit and she discussed sharing information with STF on legislation addressing issues like separation of families and investigating detention centers for human rights violations.

The Pali exhibit was presented in six stations:

  1. Northern Triangle: “Why We Flee”
  2. Mexico Side of Mexico/U.S. Border
  3. Legal Port of Entry at San Ysidro, California
  4. Asylum Process: “Credible Fear Interview”
  5. U.S. Side of the Mexico/U.S. Border
  6. Immigration Detention Center

Teachers signed up their classrooms to view the exhibit throughout the day.

Get on the Bus

Again this year, Generation Human Rights invites you and your school community to Get on the Bus and become part of a human rights learning experience for classrooms created by the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) Mobile Exhibit Bus.

The program has already reached schools in over twenty cities and towns in the 2018-2019 school year, and they are excited to bringing it to more schools this fall!
The multimedia-based interactive curriculum for 7th- 12th grades highlights the connections between global human rights issues and local community issues through the lens of poverty. The in-classroom program is enhanced by a traveling art exhibition in a converted bus that comes to your school.
The MVP bus rolls back out across the U.S. in September 2019! And it’s free of charge for participating school partners. For more information, check out the exhibit, lesson plans, and teacher and student testimonials at: Get on the Bus.
>> Learn more and sign up

College Essay Competition on Human Rights and Science

The Association for the Advancement of Science is sponsoring a human rights and science essay competition open to undergraduates and graduate students.  According to the organizers, the goal of the competition is to inspire students to explore connections between human rights and science, engineering, and health professions.  The submission should be in the form of an analytical or critical paper that raises thought-provoking questions.

Entry Deadline: April 30, 2019

>> Learn more and enter

Rhythm & Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice

As we begin National Poetry Month, Rethinking Schools invites you to join them in teaching poetry for social justice. Below are special sample chapters and lessons from their book Rhythm and Resistance edited by Linda Christensen and Dyan Watson. 

Rhythm and Resistance offers practical lessons about how to teach poetry to build community, understand literature and history, talk back to injustice, and construct stronger literacy skills across content areas and grade levels—from elementary school to graduate school. Rhythm and Resistance reclaims poetry as a necessary part of a larger vision of what it means to teach for justice. '

For Poetry Month, use code RSNPM19 at checkout for 15% off your order. 

>> Learn more and purchase 

NESRI Has a New Podcast

The National Economic & Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) is proud to announce the premiere of The Next World: A Podcast About Building Movements! Their new podcast looks at poor people’s movements in the U.S. through activism, art, culture, and journalism. The first episode features co-hosts Puck Lo and Lewis Wallace, along with Oscar Otzoy of Coalition of Immokalee Workers, who discusses his work holding corporations accountable.

You can find the podcast by searching "The Next World: A Podcast About Building Movements" in most podcast apps, including iTunes, google play, the iPhone podcast app, TuneInSpotify, Stitcher, and more. Please subscribe and review in whatever app you use!!

>> Learn more

Teaching a People's History of Abolition and the Civil War

This new curriculum - Teaching a People's History of Abolition and the Civil War - by Rethinking Schools is a collection of 10 classroom-tested lessons on one of the most transformative periods in U.S. history. These lessons encourage students to take a critical look at the popular narrative that centers Abraham Lincoln as the Great Emancipator and ignores the resistance of abolitionists and enslaved people. 

The collection aims to help students understand how ordinary citizens ---- with ideas that seem radical and idealistic ---- can challenge unjust laws, take action together, pressure politicians to act, and fundamentally change society.

>> Learn more and purchase

Funding for Social Justice Advocates

The A.J. Muste Memorial Institute Social Justice Fund makes grants for grassroots activist projects in the US and around the world, giving priority to those with small budgets and little access to more mainstream funding sources. The Fund is especially interested in funding efforts to:

  • end the violence of borders and the criminalization of immigrants
  • abolish the death penalty, shut down the prison industrial complex, redefine criminal justice
  • confront institutionalized repression against racial, ethnic, gender-based, and LGBTQ communities
  • support progressive workers movements and the eradication of poverty
  • dismantle the war machine, end state-sponsored terrorism, expose the dangers of nuclear power

One of this year's grantees is the Fang Collective, a grassroots group working in the Northeast U.S. to, among other things, shut down ICE and local cooperation with ICE.  

Application Deadline: July 8, 2019

>> Learn more and apply

Free Online course on Children's Human Rights

Harvard University is launching a free massive open online course on Child Protection: Children’s Rights in Theory and Practice. The course, which has a duration of 14 weeks and requires a commitment of 4 to 6 hours per week, is taught in English.

In this course you will learn about the foundations of child protection in international human rights law, you will identify child protection issues around the world, and you will explore the severe impact violence and exploitation have on the development of children. You will also discover strategies to prevent these harms and learn how you can strengthen the child protection system.

The course is taught by Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard’s Research Director of the Center for Health and Human Rights. Previously Jacqueline Bhabha worked as a practicing human rights lawyer in London and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

While the course contents are available for free, you may opt-in for a verified Harvard certification for an extra fee. Financial aid is available on request for those who qualify through the edX platform.

>> Learn more and register 

Global Institute for Human Rights Summer Program at Penn Law

June 10 - June 14
Where: University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA
Cost: $2,195

The Penn Law Global Institute for Human Rights offers an immersive, one-week course of study aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, from all over the world, passionate about a career in human rights advocacy, or just looking to enhance their awareness of current and emerging human rights issues. The Institute is unique compared to traditional academic studies of human rights, as the focus of this program is on bringing working human rights advocates from around the world to the table to share their knowledge, experiences, and career paths with the next generation of human rights advocates.

Application Deadline: May 3, 2019

All students who complete the program will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Scholarships are available. 

>> Learn more and apply

Immigration, Detention, & Resistance Through Art


When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Where: Columbia University, International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027

Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Cost: Free and open to the public

The Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Concentration at SIPA, in collaboration with HRE USA, the Human Rights Working Group, and ARTE, invites you to join us for a panel conversation on immigration and detention in the United States.

Immigration policy and mass incarceration represent today one of the main sites of human rights abuses and violations in the US. The criminalization of displaced peoples, in its turn, is part of a broader context of securitization of borders worldwide, a notion that contributes to and strengthens regimens of surveillance and detention advanced by States. With that in mind, the panel seeks to bring together community-based artists and organizers, academics, immigration advocates and attorneys to discuss insights and intersections between their work. The discussion will also explore the ways in which community art can be mobilized as a form of resistance, and the event will allow attendees to support policy advocacy and engage in community art.

This event is co-sponsored by: the Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Concentration at SIPA, the Human Rights Working group, Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE), and Human Rights Educators (HRE) USA.

>> Learn more and register

Building and Sustaining Human Rights Cities Together in the South



When: April 26-28
Times: Friday April 26th: 5pm – 8pm; Saturday April 27th: 9am – 5pm; Sunday April 28th: 9am – 1pm
Where: Atlanta, GA
Cost: FREE and open to the public

The convening will feature discussions on topics such as Housing, Displacement, and Economic Rights; Reproductive Justice and Voting Rights; Human Migration, Mobility and Freedom; and Water and Resource Rights, with facilitators from SisterSong, AFSC, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, and other human rights organizations.

The National Human Rights Cities Alliance is a member-led and organized initiative of the USHRN. It works to strengthen relationships among Human Rights Cities organizers, including grassroots and local advocates for Human Rights Cities, national and international human rights advocates, scholar-practitioners, and others working to advance human rights.

The upcoming Atlanta gathering reflects the principles of a people-centered human rights movement that is both intersectional and transformational. Together we aim to shift the discourse to center human rights and press policymakers to prioritize people and communities over corporate profits and economic growth.

Registration is available on a sliding scale according to need; no one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay. The registration fee includes lunch on Saturday and coffee/tea/snacks/ water throughout the gathering.

If you have any questions please contact Jacob Flowers at

Organized by National Human Rights Cities AllianceAmerican Friends Service Committee (AFSC), US Human Rights NetworkTurn South: Southern Women for ChangeOrganization for Human Rights and DemocracySisterSong9to5 Georgia, and Ubuntu Institute for Community Development.

>> Learn more about Human Rights Cities
>> Register for Event

Human Rights Educators USA is a national network that strives to promote human dignity, justice, and peace by cultivating an expansive, vibrant base of support for Human Rights Education in the United States.   >> Learn more 
HRE USA is a project of the Center for Transformative Action
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