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

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We are excited to launch our new online store featuring human rights education materials. Our products include human rights treaty booklets, curriculum, and posters. Please take a look and share with your friends and colleagues! 

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  New Online Shop
  Take Membership Survey
  New Lessons in HRE Guide
  Apply for an HRE Grant
  HRE Award - RFP
  Opening for DC Rep
  Advocating for Migrant Rights


  Join CRC Campaign


  The Power in Your Hands


  Report on Hate in Schools
 SIMA Classroom HR Film
  Science & HR Award - RFP
 Teach Climate Justice
 Teach Brown v. Board of Ed
  Funding for Social Justice

  UPR Webinar 
  HRW Film Festival

New Lessons and UN Recognition of HRE USA Curriculum Guide 

Four new lessons have been added to the HRE USA Curriculum Integration Guide.  All of the lessons are available for free to download in Word and PDF format. The new lessons include:

HRE USA is also excited to announce that the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) now features eight lessons from the Curriculum Integration Guide in UNODC's Education for Justice (E4J) Library of Resources - a comprehensive, open access database of pre-existing, relevant and age-appropriate educational materials.

>> HRE USA Curriculum Integration Guide

HRE USA Grant and Award Deadlines Approaching

Do you have an idea to advance human rights education in the United States?  Need support? HRE USA is now accepting applications for the 2019 Flowers Fund Grants.

 Application Deadline: July 1st, 2019

>> Learn more and apply
Do you know an organization or an individual who's made a significant contribution to human rights education in the United States? Nominate them for an Edward O'Brien HRE Award.

 Nomination Deadline: July 1st, 2019

>> Learn more and apply

Opening for HRE USA Regional Representative in Washington, 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! 

Current HRE USA projects in Washington, D.C. include working with the DC Human Rights City Alliance on conducting human rights trainings, drafting a shadow report on the state of human rights in DC to submit to the U.N, and incorporating human rights principles into DC's Social Studies standards.

Regional Representative Job Description:  

  • Serve as a contact for area members to turn to with ideas, questions, and concerns.
  • Provide opportunities for local members to connect, share ideas, and support their HRE efforts.
  • Provide HRE USA with an overview of regional members’ interests, needs, and concerns.
  • 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

HRE USA Advocates for Migrant Rights in the U.S.

By Carina D'Urso, ARTE Intern in collaboration with Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario, HRE USA Co-Chair and ARTE Executive Director 

Over the last few months, HRE USA has been focusing on immigration and the detention of children at the United States - Mexico border. In February, a representative from HRE USA joined the action coordinated by the US Human Rights Network to deliver 80,000 petition signatures to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, calling upon the United Nations to launch an "investigation into US violations of the human rights of asylum seekers." At the beginning of this month, HRE USA continued this work, through an event organized by HRE USA Regional Representative, Michelle Chouinard, entitled, "Immigration, Detention, & Resistance Through Art."

HRE USA held the event on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, HRE USA, in collaboration with Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE), the Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Concentration at SIPA at Columbia University, and the Human Rights Working Group.  It was a  lively night of art creation and human rights advocacy. The walls of the room were lined by work curated by Pastor Isaac Scott, an artist and the program director of The Confined Arts and Columbia University Justice-in-Education Scholar. As individuals reflected upon the themes of justice and narrative, guests were encouraged to contribute to a collaborative collage. These participants used moving imagery and text to create messages of resistance and solidarity. The night was completed with a panel discussion which highlighted the voices of a passionate group of human rights activists, artists, and academics.

>> Read Full Post

Join 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

The Power in Your Hands

By Kristin Ghazarians, Human Rights Watch Student Task Force

“The power is in your hands to stand up for what’s right. Imagine a world as it should be and fight for it,” special guest and HRW supporter Leslie Gilbert-Lurie encouraged students and teachers at the 2019 Human Rights Watch Student Task ForceYear-End Leadership Workshop on April 30, 2019. 

Leslie and her mother, Rita Lurie, shared Rita’s story of surviving the terror of the Holocaust and their family’s lessons in courage and recovery. They read excerpts from their memoir, Bending Toward the Sun, and responded to many student questions. They emphasized the importance of speaking out against human rights violations within one’s community. “One voice can make a difference,” Leslie said.

Special guests Rita Lurie and Leslie Gilbert-Lurie speak about their memoir, Bending Toward the Sun, with students and teachers at the 2019 STF Year-End Leadership Workshop. Photo by Patricia Williams

Also speaking was Daisy Paniagua-Uribe, Congressman Ted Lieu’s Field Representative, who commended the students for standing up for human rights in the U.S. immigration system. She spoke of the importance of writing letters, calling legislative offices, and requesting meetings with elected officials to make sure their concerns are heard. The students presented Daisy with hundreds of signatures on letters to Congressman Lieu asking for his ongoing leadership to protect human rights in the immigration system. STFers are also collecting signatures on letters to Congressmembers Barragan, Bass, Hill and Sherman in preparation for May advocacy meetings.

>> Event Slideshow

Teaching Tolerance Report Examines the Rise of Hate in Schools

While disturbing incidents of hate and bias in schools are regularly reported in the news media, the incidents are just a fraction of what educators are encountering in classrooms across the country, a new study by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project finds.

The report, Hate at School, compares 2018 news reports to a survey of more than 2,700 K-12 educators conducted by Teaching Tolerance that asked them to describe incidents involving hate symbols or the targeting of others on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, gender or sexual identity.

“The teacher reports confirmed our suspicions that there are far more hate and bias incidents than make the news and that the responses by school leaders vary considerably,” said Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello. “It’s up to school leaders and members of our communities to ensure that students are not only safe from harm but have the opportunity to learn in an environment that’s inclusive and free of bias.” 

Teaching Tolerance found 821 school-based hate incidents in the media in all of 2018, but teachers reported 3,265 such incidents in the fall 2018 semester alone. Fewer than 5 percent of the incidents witnessed by educators were reported in the news media.

Hate at School analyzes comments from survey respondents to gauge the types of hate incidents occurring in schools, where they happen, who is most often the target of these incidents, and how schools are responding.

>> Read the full press release
>> Access full report
>> TT School Resources
>> Take Action

SIMA Classroom - Human Rights Films

SIMA Classroom provides social impact education through the power of film. Their groundbreaking film portal provides access to over 150 award-winning short documentaries and virtual reality experiences, including bonus features and lesson plans that bring global human rights issues, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), social innovations, and entrepreneurship to life. Their expansive collection of contemporary current-affairs media gives students a first-person insight into the pulse, the people, and the movements behind today’s global issues, taking them from empathy and critical thinking to action.

Users can also explore the collection through their curated film playlists that cover a range of global education themes, such as the  Sustainable Development Goals, Gender Equality, Immigration, Human Rights and more cross-cutting topics. Their Universal Declaration of Human Rights playlist, for example, allows you to browse all SIMA Classroom titles that address the 30 Articles from the UDHR.

>> Learn more

Call for Nominations: Science and Human Rights Innovators 2019

As part of its 10th-anniversary celebration, the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition will recognize outstanding examples of human rights projects that have effectively incorporated science and technology as integral to the achievement of their goals. The Selection Committee invites nominations that exemplify the Coalition’s values:  collaboration, evidence-based advocacy, innovation, and positive impact on human rights. The selected Science and Human Rights Innovators will be honored at the Science and Human Rights Conference October 23-25, 2019, in Washington, DC, and one project will receive a contribution of $10,000.

Nominations describing projects completed within the past three years can be submitted by members of the project team (i.e., self-nominations) and from external partners or colleagues familiar with the project (for example, a private foundation program officer or scientific association staff member).  

Nomination Deadline: June 2, 2019

>> Learn more

Teach Climate Justice

The climate crisis threatens our lives and our right to a clean environment. And yet, throughout the United States, schools have failed to put the climate at the center of the curriculum.

To address this gulf between the climate emergency and schools' inadequate response, the Zinn Education Project (coordinated by Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change) has launched a campaign to Teach Climate Justice. The campaign provides classroom-tested lessons, workshops for educators, and a sample school board climate justice resolution. Please use these lessons and additional recommended materials, send us your teaching stories, and spread the word on social media (#TeachClimateJustice). 

The climate crisis is not going away. That means that teaching for climate justice is work we all need to do. Join us.

>> Learn more

Resources to teach the History & Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education

Nearly 65 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education that separate schools for black and white children were not and could never be equal. As we navigate continuing threats to educational equity in the present, Facing History and Ourselves have put together a suite of six resources to help you and your student take a deep dive into the history of this important case. 

As part of this set, Facing History and Ourselves has also provided access to stream the seminal documentary Eyes on the Prize—for free. which includes, episode 13, ”The Keys to the Kingdom (1974-1980)”, concerning the desegregation and busing of Boston Public Schools. 

>> Learn more
>> Stream Eyes on the Prize

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

UPR Cities Information Webinar



When: May 16, 2019
Times: 6:00PM EDT | 5:00PM CDT | 4:00PM MDT | 3:00PM PDT
Cost: FREE and open to the public

The US Human Rights Cities Alliance invites human rights organizers and practitioners to learn about a national effort to hold the United States accountable to its international human rights obligations. 

In 2019-2020, the United States is undergoing a comprehensive human rights assessment through the United Nation’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. In order to improve human rights practices in our communities and nationally, we are working across U.S. cities to strengthen connections between people in local communities and global human rights bodies. Work at local levels is critical to building a national and global constituency of human rights defenders who can help protect rights locally and strengthen our global capacities for protecting and promoting human rights, dignity, and justice for everyone.

The human rights cities movement is an effort to help further this work, and the UPR Cities Project provides tools to help local activists take part in this important review process.

To Join Webinar: 

  • Click to join the meeting via computer:, Meeting ID: 5508 38 7865
  • Call in to join the meeting via phone: United States: +1-267-866-0999, Meeting PIN: 5508 38 7865

>> Learn more about Human Rights Cities

Human Rights Watch Film Festival


San Diego:  Wednesday, May 22
Los Angeles:  Sunday, June 2
New York City:  Saturday, June 13 - Saturday, June 20

Among the films is "On the President's Orders" which documents Philipino President Dutertes "War On Drugs" which resulted in the killing of thousands of suspected drug users and dealers. The filmmakers had access to police and to members of the harmed families and were able to document the "trajectory of power to abuse". 

Among other movies is "Accept the Call" which addresses the targeting of Muslim youth by radical groups and the struggles of Muslim immigrants in the United States.   

>> Learn more

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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