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July 2018
A national network dedicated to building a culture of human rights.

Welcome Summer Interns

This summer, we're excited to have with us a small but mighty group of interns who are working on projects in communications, partner engagement, blog writing, website editing, and Human Rights Education curriculum research. You may be in contact with them as they attend meetings, gather case studies, or conduct outreach.  

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Lucy Knox, Barbara Santibanez, and Max Soh.  

>> Meet our Interns



  Meet our Interns
  New HRE USA Advisors


  Stop Zero Tolerance/Travel Ban


  Rita Maran Receives Award
  Call for proposals - ICHRE
  Humane Education Award


  New Journal - HRE Review
  Diverse Democracy Grants
  PhD Scholarship Abroad
  Education Associate - Dallas
  Human Rights Cities Seminar
  Film, Human Rights, & Advocacy
  Norway PhD Study Abroad
  Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Vote for New Steering Committee Members

There are two seats open on the HRE USA Steering Committee to be elected by our HRE USA members. 

The HRE USA steering committee is the governing body of HRE USA, overseeing strategy, direction and policy.  The Steering Committee selects its officers: 2 co-chairs, 2 vice-co-chairs and 1 Secretary/ Treasurer. You can learn more about the committee and its current members here

You must be a member to vote

All members should have received candidate information and voting instructions in their inbox on Thursday, June 28th.  Happy Voting!

New Leaders Join HRE USA Advisory Group

The Advisory Group of HRE USA is composed of national and international leaders who support the network with their expertise in human rights, education, and social justice activism.  Over the past year, the following five distinguished new international advisors have joined the HRE Advisory group bringing with them a rich diversity of professional skills and personal experience. 

>> Learn more

Stop Trump’s Zero Tolerance Policy and Travel Ban

The effects of the administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy have been immediate and tragic. Asylum seekers denied access to protection. Children taken from their parents and held in cages. People prosecuted for seeking asylum.

Although Trump has signed an order stopping his policy of separating families, the humanitarian crisis at the border is far from over. Trump has declared that refugees entering America be sent back ‘immediately’, without trial and Attorney General Sessions announced that victims of gang violence and domestic violence will no longer be eligible for asylum. To add insult to injury, the Supreme Court recently ruled to uphold Trump’s discriminatory travel ban

Meanwhile, there are still thousands of children who have been given no expectation of being reunited with their parents. The effects of these misguided policies are unacceptable and go against the protections provided by the U.S. Constitution and international law.


Call Congress today. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your senators and representative.

  • Seeking asylum is not illegal. It’s a human right protected by international treaty and U.S. statute. People should not be turned back on bridges without a chance to be heard.
  • Prosecution of asylum seekers violates international law. Sessions’ “zero-tolerance” prosecutions must end.
  • Separating families and caging children is wrong. It violates the Constitution and human decency. Children must be reunited with their families.
>> Read Full Article


>> Take Action Ideas 
>> List of Organization
>> Teaching Resources by Teaching Tolerance 
>> Solidarity Action Toolkit for Teachers by Amnesty International
>> Teaching Against Islamophobia by Teaching for Change
>> Teaching The Roots of Immigration by Teaching for Change 

Rita Maran Receives UNA-USA Eleanor Roosevelt Award

On June 11, 2018, Rita Maran was awarded the UNA-USA Eleanor Roosevelt Award. Here is the citation read during UNA USA’s annual Leadership Summit in Washington DC: 

"It is my pleasure to award UNA-USA’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award to a true national champion for the rights and dignity of all persons. This award has only been given a handful of times over the arch of UNA-USA’s 75-year history and is reserved for a UNA leader who has done extraordinary work in advancing the cause of human rights and understanding of UN human rights principles both within their community and around the world. We are truly honored to award Rita Maran, a distinguished author and scholar known for her groundbreaking research on torture, an education leader who has connected students of all ages to the Universal Declaration of Human rights, and an advocate who never fails to hold our nation’s elected leaders to account for our country’s own human rights performance. Rita on behalf of your friends at UNA from the East Bay to the shores of Turtle Bay in Manhattan we are inspired by your example and honored to be in your company."

From all of us at HRE USA, Congratulations Rita!

Call for Paper and Workshops!  9th International Conference on Human Rights Education 

The 9th International Conferences on Human Rights Education (ICHRE) is calling for paper and workshop proposals. Proposals must relate to one or more of the conference themes and must help to achieve the conference goals and objectives

The theme for this year is, "Unleashing the Full Potential of Civil Society."  The conference will be held November 26-29, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. The Conference is expected to be attended by some 400 Australia and international HRE experts, practitioners, decision makers and thought leaders from government, civil society, academia and the private sector.

The 9th ICHRE will coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 25th anniversary of the education-oriented Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. It will cover the range of human rights education (HRE) issues such as national and international curricula, pedagogy and best practices, including in the context of discrimination faced by the First Nations, women, persons with disabilities, the LGBTIQ communities and those of refugee and minority cultural and religious backgrounds. 

Proposal Deadline: July 16

>> Conference information and registration  
>> Submit a proposal

Seeking Nominations for Excellence Award in Human Education 

Each year the Human Education Coalition honors a distinguished agency that has made a significant contribution to the field of humane education. Do you know an organization that should be recognized for their outstanding education program

Nomination Deadline: August 1

>> Learn more

Human Rights Education Review - New Open Access Journal

The editors of Human Rights Education Review are delighted to announce the publication of the journal’s inaugural issueHRER is an open access scholarly journal published by the University of South-Eastern Norway. It provides a forum for research and critical scholarship on human rights as they are practiced, taught, learned and developed in education, law, politics, and in human rights organizations. The journal is dedicated to an examination of human rights in theory, philosophy, policy, and praxis. HRER aims to be global in its reach and this is reflected in the composition of our International Editorial Board.

The first issue includes challenging articles by Walter C. Parker on HRE’s curriculum problem, and by Marta Bivand Erdal  Mette Strømsø on child rights and national belonging; plus Alicia Muñoz Ramírez’s analysis of the recent struggle to remove HRE from the Spanish school curriculum; and a discussion by Sonja Grover on how legal cases brought by children might enhance human rights advocacy among youth. You will also find reviews of several recent books. This issue will be of particular interest to policy-makers, teacher educators and NGOs concerned with rights and social justice in schooling.

To receive notification of upcoming articles, visit the journal’s online platform and click on the ‘register’ button in the top right-hand corner. 

>> Visit online journal

Diverse Democracy Grants

Through their Diverse Democracy Grants, Teaching Tolerance is awarding $500 to $10,000 to educators for projects that will help students become lifelong voters and empowered voting advocates in their communities.

Grant Deadline: August 31

>> Learn more

Human Rights Ph.D. Scholarship Opportunities

The Australian Human Rights Institute at the University of New South Wales, Sydney invites applications for four PhD Scholarships focusing on human rights, health and gender.  They are in search of four new PhD scholars of exceptional quality to work on research projects aligned with the Australian Human Rights Institute.

The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is part of UNSW Sydney’s commitment to harness research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of communities in Australia and overseas. Under the Scientia Scheme, applicants respond to a specific project with an identified supervisory team, and if successful, will receive unique benefits, individualized support and guaranteed funding to reach their personal development goals.

>> Learn more

Dallas Museum of Human Rights - Education Associate

Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is currently looking to fill a Human Rights educator position in the Education Department of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. Founded in 1984, the museum is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. Located in Dallas’ Historic West End, the Museum hosted more than 86,000 visitors in 2017, among them 36,000 school children. The Education Associate position is responsible for assisting with educational programs, including educational outreach and creating human rights, civil rights and genocide–related curricula for secondary grades.

>> Learn more and apply

Workshop: Human Rights Cities and Today’s Political Context


When: Friday, July 27, 2018
Time: 9-5 pm
Where: University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
Cost: FREE

This workshop convenes human rights activists, scholars, and policy practitioners to consider lessons learned from a growing global “human rights cities” movement. Participants will learn about global and national trends, opportunities, and challenges to “bringing human rights home” here in the United States. Particular attention is paid to disparities in race, class, gender, and environmental health, and we will explore how people-centered human rights cities can help to addresses these structural injustices. Lessons from the workshop will shape the ongoing work of the National Human Rights Cities Alliance and its support for local human rights organizers and movements providing leadership and advocacy to secure, protect, and promote human rights for all people.

>> Learn more
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Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy – Summer School


When: August 27 - September 5, 2018
Where: Venice, Italy
Cost: € 1700,00

Registration Deadline: July 31

EIUC is glad to announce the 13th edition of the Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy, a training initiative developed by EIUC and CHRA dedicated to graduates, professionals of the human rights, media, NGO and advocacy sector. Anyone who uses or is interested in using audio-visual media as a tool for promoting social change is encouraged to apply to the Summer School. The 10-day intense training is aimed at young professionals wishing to broaden their understanding on the connections between human rights, films, digital media and video advocacy, to share ideas and foster participatory and critical thinking on urgent human rights issues, debate with experts and filmmakers from all over the world during the 75th Venice international Film Festival and learn how to use films as a tool for social and cultural change. The School selects a maximum of 30 participants.

>> Learn more and apply

PhD Study Abroad in Norway


When: September 21, 24, & 25, 2018
Where: University of South-Eastern Norway, Drammen campus
NO FEES. Successful candidates are responsible for travel and living costs.

Education for Social Justice in Education: Human Rights and Intersectionality

Course description
Participants examine how the concepts of human rights and intersectionality inform educational theory and praxis to enable social justice. The course is open to Norwegian and international participants researching educational inequalities in diverse contexts, from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The starting point is that learning communities are not neutral places and educators and other professionals have a choice about whether to work to interrupt or ignore systemic injustice. Human rights present a utopian vision, recognizing multiple identities and offering a moral and legal framework for justice. Intersectionality offers researchers a tool to examine how multiple and interwoven inequalities (related to gender, ethnicity, sexuality, migration status and so on) impact on achievement, citizenship and participation. Through formal presentations, discussions, workshops, guided reading, and preparation for a written paper, participants will have opportunities to discuss research and share experiences in a supportive environment.

Registration Deadline: August 10

Applications are invited from registered PhD students in the Arts,Social Sciences, and Education. Applications should be made as soon as possible as we anticipate a lot of interest. Completed applications should be sent to Liv-Anne Halderaker: who can also answer inquiries on application procedures and accreditation (Tel: +47 31 00 93 59)

>> Learn more and apply

30th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum


When: September 13-15, 2018
Where: Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN 
Cost: $25-$130 

 The 30th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum will honor the work of President Juan M. Santos of Colombia (2016 laureate) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (2017 laureate). The forum will explore the tensions between conflict and reconciliation, between justice and forgiveness, between hope and fear.  Join us in honoring Nobel Peace Prize laureates who have navigated these paradoxes. 

>> Learn more and register

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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