Join the Human Rights Movement


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. 

Please consider supporting HRE USA today by becoming a member and joining the hundreds of individuals and organizations across the country who are united in the common mission to promote human dignity, justice, and peace through human rights education (HRE) within the United States.

Your tax-deductible annual membership contribution enables us to advocate for and further develop programming that supports human rights education across the United States. As an individual or organizational member, you have access to exclusive benefits including a FREE HRE Resource Pack, discounts, webinars, professional development, and more. 

Join today and receive an extra two months of membership for free!  


Already a member? Consider making a 100% tax-deductible donation today to help us ensure that everyone has the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and values to fully exercise and protect the human rights of themselves and others.

We cannot do this work without YOU!

Thank you for all that you do to support human rights education and on behalf of everyone here at HRE USA, HAPPY HUMAN RIGHTS DAY!

HRE USA Honors Human Rights Watch Student Task Force

Human Rights Educators USA honors Human Right Watch’s LA-based Student Task Force (STF) with a special Youth Engagement Recognition. The youth leadership-training program, which engages high school students and educators from the Los Angeles area and empowers them to advocate for human rights issues, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA), a national network promoting human rights education in the United States, makes this award in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. HRE USA recognizes STF’s leadership in the promotion of children’s rights and its youth activism locally, nationally, and internationally. As STF Founder and Executive Director Pam Bruns said, “This recognition will mean so much to our teachers and students. It is a strong affirmation of our mission and the dedicated work by our LA youth.”

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HRE USA Reception & O’Brien Awards Gala


When: Friday, November 22
Time:  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Roosevelt House, The Four Freedoms Room, 47-49 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065
Cost: FREE

Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA) cordially invites you to a reception to celebrate the 2019 winners of the Edward O’Brien Award for Human Rights Education: Monica Curca of Activate Labs and the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center (HHREC). HRE USA will also recognize David Shiman with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of dedication, innovation, and mentorship in advancing human rights education. >> Learn more about the 2019 O’Brien award winners

 The program will begin at 6 pm. Please RSVP by November 20th

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This event is co-hosted by the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education and the Roosevelt House Human Rights Education Program at Hunter College

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. 

HRE USA @ NCSS in Austin, TX

HRE USA is excited to attend the upcoming National Council for Social Studies Conference in Austin, Texas from November 22-24, 2019.


Come find us at at booth #718.  Stop by to check out our free resources including posters, human rights booklets, and see the winning art from our recent human rights poster contest.

Attend an HRE USA Event

HRE USA members and founders are leading multiple workshops and poster sessions. We are also co-hosting a reception with the NCSS HRE Community. Check out the events below:

Friday, November 22 9:50 am to 10:45 am |  Ballroom A Level 1 
Join educators and youth leaders to celebrate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and explore a toolkit and curriculum resources to take action in local communities.
Presenters: Page Hersey, Touro University California; Kristi Rudelius-Palmer, HRE-USA; Glenn Mitoma, University of Connecticut; George Holden, Southern Methodist University

Friday, November 22, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm & Saturday, 11:35 am to 12:35 pm| Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 4
The NCSS Human Rights Education Community will participate in both Community Showcases held over the lunch hour on Friday and Saturday, The Community Showcases provide an opportunity to meet leaders within NCSS and HRE USA who are promoting human rights education on a national level. Get the latest updates from the HRE Community,  classroom materials, and links to HRE resources.

Saturday, November 23, 9:35 am to 10:30 am | Room 309, 3rd Floor, Marriott
The NCSS Human Rights Education Community will hold its business meeting at this time. All conference attendees who are interested in human rights education are strongly encouraged to attend. They are looking for active members and community leaders – to help plan how to build awareness of human rights in our schools and communities, especially human rights affecting children and begin preparations for NCSS 2020.

 Saturday, November 23, 3:05 pm to 4:00 pm |  Ballroom F Level 4
Human rights and humanitarian laws call on governments to protect children regardless of their civil status. Yet child refugees, migrant children and children living in immigrant families threatened with deportation continue to experience physical and psychological trauma. What are the consequences–for the children, their families and our national integrity? What lessons are being taught and learned along the border?
Presenters: Luiz Zayas, Dean, University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work; Robert Lee Sutherland, Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy; Elissa Steglich, Professor of Immigration Law, University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Sponsored by the NCSS HRE Community.

Saturday, November 23, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm | Level 3 Room 5c
oin Human Rights Educators USA and the NCSS Human Rights Education Community at their annual reception. Meet and greet with our honorees, speakers, guests. Free light refreshments and no-host bar.

The reception will recognize and honor the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at University of Texas at Austin.

Sunday, November 24, 9:45 am to 11:15 am | Room 12A Level 4
Through the examination of art, educators will explore how to frame conversations in their classrooms to prepare students to better understand immigration and validate the experiences of immigrant students.
Presenter: Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario, HRE USA, Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE), Brooklyn, NY

Partner Events

As you are filling out your schedule of “can’t miss” presentations and programs at NCSS 2019, please check out this guide to the human rights-related presentations put together by NCSS Human Rights Education Community Chair, Rosemary Blanchard.

Show Your Support For Children’s Rights!

As part of the Every Child, Every Right Campaign in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), HRE USA invites you to upload and share a short video answering the question:

Why is the CRC important to you and/or your community?
What actions are you and/or your community taking to support the CRC?

Please share any thoughts, actions, or ideas that will inspire others to promote children’s rights!  Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes.

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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. 
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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.

New HRE USA Regional Representative in Alabama

We are excited to welcome Angelica Brooks as the new Regional Representative for HRE USA in Alabama  

Angelica Brooks

As the Founder and Director of The Silent Voices Project in Montgomery, Alabama, 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