Pledge To Support LGBTQ Equality

According to the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network’s 2013 National Safe Schools Survey, 55.5% of LGBTQ students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, while 37.8% felt unsafe because of their gender expression. Additionally, 71.4% of LGBTQ students heard “gay” used in a negative way (e.g., “that’s so gay”) frequently or often at school, and 90.8% reported that they felt distressed because of this language.

Educators are uniquely positioned to address these issues and work towards creating a safe, supportive and affirming school environment for LGBTQ students. Every student deserves the right to attend a school that fully embraces them for who they are and allows them to achieve to their full potential. Educators are a powerful force in creating an LGBTQ-affirming school.

8th International Human Rights Education Conference


When: November 30 – December 3
Where: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The International Conference on Human Rights Education (ICHRE) is the forum for practitioners, policy-makers and academics to explore innovative education solutions to global challenges. This 3.5-day conference will assemble 300 participants from all over the world for practical workshops and insightful sessions featuring the latest tools, knowledge and good practices in human rights education.

The Conference Bridging our Diversities will take place during a year of important anniversaries: Canada 150, Montreal 375 and Equitas 50. The conference will provide a unique opportunity to showcase the lessons learned from Canada, Quebec, Montreal and Equitas’ experience promoting human rights, pluralism, inclusion and respect for diversity.

Early Bird Deadline:  July 15th

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SIMA Classroom – Education Resources 

SIMA Classroom is a subscription-based online film library that comprises the best short-format documentaries from the annual Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA). Currently in use by 1,400 teachers and 36,000 students, SIMA Classroom features over 100 award-winning short-documentaries, along  with lesson plans, providing teachers with dynamic tools that give students first-person insight into the pulse, the people, and the movements behind today’s global issues.

In support of human rights education, SIMA is offering a 30% discount to all HRE USA members.

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Human Rights in National Security

Human Rights in National Security

Amnesty International USA is excited to announce the release of a new toolkit for students and educators on human rights in national security.  This FREE toolkit is intended to raise awareness among students ages 16-20 of the intersection of human rights and national security. Additionally, it is intended to increase participation among high school and college students in activism and advocacy around torture, surveillance, anti-Muslim hate, indefinite detention, and other common human rights violations associated with post-9/11 U.S. national security policy.

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HRE USA 2016 Annual Report

In 2016, HRE USA continued its work to advance human rights education in the United States. Our accomplishments include contributing content to the California History/Social Science standards; expanding our online HRE  library; supporting schools that are part of our Human Rights Friendly Schools project; and holding multiple chapter-led workshops throughout the United States.

We’re proud of these achievements, but we’ve got a lot more work to do – and we need your help! Together, we can create a culture of respect for human rights among our fellow Americans – a legacy that will resonate both here at home, and abroad.

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Digital collection on Standing up to Hatred and Intolerance

Across the globe, individuals, communities and societies as a whole are confronting profound questions about identity, membership, and belonging. This collection by Facing History and Ourselves provides structured activities for making connections to current events and discussing sensitive topics in a safe and reflective classroom. The lessons examine examples of division and intolerance, as well as powerful cases of individuals and communities working together and standing up to hate.