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2019 Winners of O’Brien Award in HRE!

Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Edward O’Brien Award for Human Rights Education.  The O'Brien Award was established in 2015 in memory of Edward O’Brien, pioneer human rights educator, to recognize both an individual and an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to human rights education in the United States. 

Monica Curca, Founder and Managing Director of Activate Labs, a non-profit organization that builds a global creative force for peace and social justice.

Executive Director Mille Jasper will accept the award on behalf of the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center, whose mission is to enhance teaching and learning the lessons of the Holocaust and the right of all people to be treated with dignity and respect.

This year’s awards ceremony and reception will be held Friday, November 22, from 5 -7 PM at the Four Freedoms Room at Roosevelt House in New York, NY.  To attend, please rsvp HERE.

>> Learn more about the 2019 O'Brien award winners


  O'Brien Awards Winners
  Flowers Fund Grantees
  New Rep in Arizona
  IJHRE Journal Launch


  Support LGBTQ Youth


  Teaching the CRC


   NCSS Educator Opportunities
  Unity Day to Stop Bullying


  Teaching Human Rights
  Science & HR Conference
  Human Rights Forum
  UCCHRE Webinar
  Community Engagement 
  Int'l HRE Conference  
Congratulations 2019 Flowers Fund Grantees!

Every year, the Flowers Fund provides small grants to support innovation and mentorship in human rights education (HRE) in the United States.  >> Learn more

HRE USA is pleased to announce this year's Grantees:


Arroyo High School, San Lorenzo, CA
Project: Podcasting for Social Justice” with ELL students exploring issues of immigration, education, and child rights through personal narratives and interviews with community members and families. 


The University of Iowa, College of Law
Project: Workshop for college/university teachers from across the state of Iowa focused on integrating human rights into their curricula.


Notre Dame High School, San Jose, CA
Project: Transformation of interviews with day workers into bilingual narratives and superhero comic strips to be used to teach cultural differences and empathy.


Human Rights Connected, Washington, DC
Project: A youth-centered human rights podcast that will explore the intersections of civil resistance, artivism and the role of youth in movements.

HRE USA at NCSS in November

Next month, HRE USA will be attending the National Council for Social Studies Conference in Austin, Texas from November 22-24, 2019.  This annual conference is the largest annual gathering of K-12 social studies classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, district and state social studies supervisors, international educators, and social studies discipline leaders. 

HRE USA will be at booth #718.  Stop by to check out our free resources and learn more about how you can get involved in HRE USA.

>> Learn more and register for the NCSS conference

HRE USA Reception in Northern California

The HRE USA regional representatives in Northern California are hosting a reception to celebrate the launch of the 3rd Issue of the International Journal of Human Rights Education (IJHRE) at the University of San Francisco. If you live near the area please come by to meet and mingle with fellow HRE USA members and human rights education enthusiasts. 

When: Saturday, November 2nd
Time: 5:00-7:30 pm
Where: University of San Francisco, 2350 Turk Blvd., School of Education, Room 119, San Francisco, CA

The International Journal of Human Rights Education is an independent, double-blind, peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal dedicated to the examination of the theory, philosophy, research, and praxis central to the field of human rights education. This journal seeks to be a central location for critical thought in the field as it continues to expand.

>> Learn more about the IJHRE

New HRE USA Regional Representative in Arizona

We are excited to welcome Anglica Brooks as the new Regional Representative for HRE USA in Arizona.  

As the Founder and Director of The Silent Voices Project, Angelica has significant experience with Criminal Justice and Human Rights. She focuses on missing persons cases, cold cases, advocating for Human Rights, and raising Human Trafficking Awareness. She currently is working on her first novel, Deeper than the Crime, which focuses on criminology and victimology within the African American Culture. Angelica also participates and is an active member of Rapid Response Teams that conduct immediate searches of missing children in the area. Her hope is that with all of these organizations working together that we will get that much closer to making this world a better place.   

>> Learn about HRE USA's Regional Chapters

Support LGBTQ Youth at School

LGTBQ students face unique challenges in our schools. They are more likely to face bullying and harassment leading to poor grades, higher dropout rates, and homelessness. Safe and affirming schools are a core element of student success.

Educators are on the leading edge of campaigns, initiatives and legislative efforts to create safe and affirming schools and support LGBTQ student rights. Below are links to summaries of some of the myriad ways educators are standing with LGBTQ students, and working to ensure they feel supported and welcome in our schools and communities.

  1. Fostering Safe and Affirming Schools for All Students
  2. Helping to Shape LGBTQ-inclusive Curriculum and Textbooks 
  3. Training Other Educators to Raise their Voices for LGBTQ Students
  4. Backing Legislation That Supports LGBTQ Students’ Rights 
  5. Supporting School Naming Initiatives That Honor Legacies of LGBTQ Activists & Leaders
  6. They Didn’t Back Down: Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Florida

You can also take action now by joining educators around the country in signing the NEA pledge to stand up against hate and bias.

>> Take Action


Teaching the Rights of the Child

By Kristin Ghazarians, Human Rights Watch Student Task Force

Thirty years ago, the world made a promise to all its children. When the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989, they committed to do everything in their power to promote and protect children’s rights. At their fall workshop, the Human Rights Watch - Student Task Force (STF) also committed to helping fulfill that promise by taking action on serious rights violations. Using the framework of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, 75 STF students, teachers and special guests discussed:

  • Climate change
  • Ending gun violence
  • Children caught in the inhumane U.S. immigration detention centers
  • Homeless youth in Los Angeles

To begin their education process, participants viewed video excerpts of world-renowned student advocates and heard from special guest speaker Tamar Chafets about her experiences working with homeless youth in Los Angeles since 2003. Following the presentations, STFers rotated through information stations and explored advocacy options they can share with their chapters.

New Roads STF leaders welcome participants to their campus for the 2019 STF Fall Leadership Workshop on September 7. Photo by Patricia Williams. See more photos from the event.

>> Learn more and view their campaign toolkit

Educator Opportunities with the HRE Community at NCSS

The Human Rights Education Community of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) needs YOUR HELP to bring human rights education into social studies teachers classrooms and curricula.  Please check out the following opportunities to share your HRE expertise and experience:
  1. Presentation of HRE-focused webinars or podcasts for social studies educators.
  2. Creation of online methods texts for teacher preparation programs (K-5 and 6-12) on the effectiveness of teaching HRE with primary sources.
  3.  Helping teacher preparation programs meet CAEP standards for teacher accreditation with attention to human rights education.
To learn more about each of these opportunities, please download their flyer here
Participate in Unity Day to Stop Bullying

Unity Day is October 23, 2019. Unity Day is the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month, a day to wear and share orange uniting for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. 

In-person bullying and cyberbullying continue to be serious, and potentially life-threatening for children and teenagers. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center offers a wide variety of resources for educators to in turn offer assistance to students to create an environment where students feel included, involved and invested.

K-12 educators can register to receive free online bullying prevention resources. These resources are designed for weekly presentations in a classroom or community setting, can be delivered with flexible timeframes and under 20 minutes, have new themes and lessons every month, and the easy-to-use and navigate resources are designated for elementary, middle school, and high school students. These resources are also available on mobile devices so educators can access them anywhere they go on smartphones and tablets.

>> Learn more

Teaching Human Rights in Classrooms and Communities


When: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Dr., New York, NY 10027, Room 320C
Cost: $345 – Early Bird Rate (by September 20) $395 – regular rate.

In this workshop for educators and practitioners, participants will develop or strengthen their capacity to engage in human rights education – to foster knowledge, skills, attitudes, and action for the protection and promotion of human rights among students using rights-based teaching methods. 

Participants will: learn key human rights concepts, international law and a variety of strategies for human rights advocacy that they can incorporate into their own teaching; be introduced to and practice rights-based teaching approaches, which include participatory, interactive and experiential learning methods that respect human rights; modify human rights learning activities for their own teaching environment;  learn how human rights education can meet state standard requirements; discuss and consider ideas about how to respond to discriminatory remarks, practices, and policies at the individual and organizational/institutional levels.

>> Learn more and register

Science and Human Rights Conference AAAS

When: October 23-25, 2019
Where: AAAS Headquarters, 1200 New York Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
Cost: $50-$200

At the AAAS Science and Human Rights Conference, participants will learn from successes and challenges of collaborations between scientists, engineers, health professionals, and human rights defenders; identify emerging needs and opportunities, and help set the agenda for future collaborative action and impact. The conference is hosted by the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition, a network of scientific and engineering membership organizations that recognize a role for science and scientists in human rights.

Marking the Coalition’s tenth anniversary and looking forward to the next ten years, sessions will share innovative developments and applications in science and technology that can support the efforts of human rights practitioners, as well as those that tackle human rights challenges associated with the conduct of science and application of technology.

>> Learn more and register

Human Rights Forum at Augsburg

When: October 28-29, 2019
Where: Augsburg University, 2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Cost: $25-$100

Building on Augsburg University’s 30-year history hosting a global forum, and as part of the university’s sesquicentennial celebration, we are pleased to announce the launch of the new Human Rights Forum. The forum will bring students, thoughtful leaders, global changemakers, and local activists together to explore innovative ways to take action in our ongoing pursuit of human rights issues both globally and domestically.

The opening day will focus on global issues and perspectives and is developed in partnership with the Human Rights Foundation, a nonprofit that sponsors the Oslo Freedom Forum each year, both founded by Thor Halvorssen, a Venezuelan human rights activist. The Human Rights Foundation has an impressive roster of young and diverse human rights activists and promotes and protects human rights globally within authoritarian regimes.

Our second day will feature speakers and sessions exploring domestic and national issues on racial justice, indigenous rights, and environmental sustainability. This day of programming will include several named lectures developed with and sponsored by campus departments and centers, partner institutions, and sponsors. Access our speakersprogram and general information via the menu bar. Tickets are now available, and the event is open to the public.

>> Learn more and register

FREE Webinar - Speaking Out As A Human Rights Educator


When: Wednesday, October 30
Time:  1:00 am – 2:00 pm EST
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE


When should individual educators or educational institutions speak out regarding human rights issues?  Does your institution/human rights center have guidelines in place? Do you as an individual have a set of standards you consider when making these decisions?  We will hear from 2-3 individuals from different universities and then open the webinar up for discussion. 

If you are interested in participating as a featured presenter, please contact us at  

Call-in Information:
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or iPhone one-tap: US: +16468769923,,8058978214#  or +16699006833,,8058978214#
Or Telephone: US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 805 897 8214
International numbers available:

Community Engagement for Human Rights and Social Justice Practitioners

When: Friday, November 15, 2019
Time:  9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Dr., New York, NY 10027, Room 320C
Cost: $345 – Early Bird Rate (by October 18) $395 – regular rate.

Effective community engagement can be an essential aspect of human rights and social justice work, and yet remains a challenge for many practitioners. This workshop will examine questions such as: Where do you begin? How do you identify and build relationships with community members? How do you effectively engage and communicate with community members? How do you ensure that engagement is inclusive, equitable and reaches marginalized voices? What does meaningful participation look like? How do you ensure accountability? What are the relevant ethical considerations? 

>> Learn more and register


When: December 11-12
Where: Kathmandu University School of Law, Kathmandu, Nepal
Cost: $350 – Early Bird Rate (by October 30) $400 – regular rate.

The main theme of the 10th International Conference on Human Rights Education is “Human Rights in Academic Excellence, Technology and Artificial Intelligence."  Other important areas that will be covered as subthemes include:

  • Human Rights in academic Institutions; 
  • Human Rights in SDGs and Agenda 2030;
  • Human Rights and culture;
  • Human Rights in good governance, peace process, and justice.

This conference will also share Nepal’s human rights experience during the transition to democracy period and present Nepal’s achievements as one of the forerunners in Human Rights Education in South Asia.

>> 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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