UPR Cities Project – Webinars

As the US government works to roll back our human rights protections, it is more important than ever that we mobilize a human rights constituency to defend human rights for all residents. The US will appear in front of the “World Court of Human Rights” at the United Nations and we need your help to build a case and engage international allies in strengthening our work for human rights in communities around our country.

The US Human Rights Cities Alliance invites you to participate in the UPR Cities Project, which supports local efforts to document local human rights conditions as part of a United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States’ human rights record. We invite organizers to participate in local human rights review processes and build a national cities stakeholder report. The UPR Cities website & upcoming webinars provide tools for organizers to help residents learn more about the Universal Periodic Review of the United States and how we can use international reports to facilitate local policy changes.
(All webinars are at 6:00 PM Eastern time/3:00 PM Pacific)

Wednesday, June 26Using International Mechanisms to Collect,
Compile, and Clamor
Thursday, July 25Strategies for UPR Cities & the 3 Cs
Thursday, August 29Sample Recommendations

If you missed it, you can watch Webinar #1 here: “Introduction to UPR Cities” webinar (36 minutes)

To register for upcoming webinars, please send your name, organization (if applicable), and location to uprcities@humanrightscities.mayfirst.org.

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2019 Steering Committee Nominations

Interested in helping shape the future of human rights education? Then consider nominating yourself or a colleague to join HRE USA’s Steering Committee. 

Our rules call for the election every summer of new Steering Committee members to replace retiring members. This year there are 2 open seats to be filled, and we invite all members to make nominations for their replacements. You may nominate anyone who fits the criteria for membership and can fulfill the responsibilities of Steering Committee members, including nominating yourself!

Brief biographies of current Steering Committee members can be viewed here. A ballot will be sent to all HRE USA members in July.

Elected Steering Committee members will serve a three-year term beginning in August 2019.


>> Learn more
>> Nomination Form

For further inquiries, please contact Emily Farell

Apply for a Flowers Fund Grant Today!

Do you have an idea to advance human rights education in the United States?  Need support? 

Applications are now being accepted for 2019 Flowers Fund Grants.

Grants of up to $1000 will be made for projects to individuals and organizations that are members of HRE USA. All applications should have direct relevance to human rights education in the United States and be completed during the 2019/2020 Academic year.

The Flowers Fund will consider applications in areas such as research in human rights education, travel to attend HRE conferences, encouragement of emerging leadership, and innovative projects that expand the scope and understanding of HRE and/or extend the audience for HRE. ​

Application Deadline: July 1st

>> Learn more and apply
>> Meet our 2018 Grantees

Immigration, Detention, & Resistance Through Art


When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Where: Columbia University, International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 
Cost: Free and open to the public

The Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Concentration at SIPA, in collaboration with HRE USA, the Human Rights Working Group, and ARTE, invites you to join us for a panel conversation on immigration and detention in the United States.

Immigration policy and mass incarceration represent today one of the main sites of human rights abuses and violations in the US. The criminalization of displaced peoples, in its turn, is part of a broader context of securitization of borders worldwide, a notion that contributes to and strengthens regimens of surveillance and detention advanced by States. With that in mind, the panel seeks to bring together community-based artists and organizers, academics, immigration advocates and attorneys to discuss insights and intersections between their work. The discussion will also explore the ways in which community art can be mobilized as a form of resistance, and the event will allow attendees to support policy advocacy and engage in community art.This event is co-sponsored by: the Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Concentration at SIPA, the Human Rights Working group, Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE), and Human Rights Educators (HRE) USA.

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Securing Fundamental Human Rights & Challenging Criminalization of Poverty

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: 9:00 A.M. – 3:45 P.M.
Where: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, New York, NY
Cost: Professional/Private Practice: $350
Public Interest/Nonprofit/Academia/Government: $0

4 Standard CLE Credits available

The Bringing Human Rights Home Network will hold its annual conference.  The event is co-sponsored with the Columbia Human Rights Institute and others.  This year’s topic is Securing Fundamental Human Rights & Challenging Criminalization of Poverty.  The event is free for public interest attorneys including academics.  Topics include the criminalization of homelessness as well as leveraging human rights strategies.

4 Standard CLE Credits

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bringing hr home conf

Free Webinar with Sandra Sirota

Date: Monday, April 1
Time: 1 -2 pm EST 
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE 
Presenter: Sandra Sirota

Webinar Description:
UCCHRE will host an online discussion with Sandra Sirota on the drafting of the Plan of Action for the 4th Phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education, which is focused on youth (roughly ages 15 – 24). Please join us to offer your perspectives and provide input for the plan. Recommendations from this discussion will be shared with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

>> Read UN Resolution Plan of Action on the drafting of the Plan of Action

To Join Webinar: RSVP  to email ucchre@gmail.com

Sponsored by the University & College Consortium for Human Rights Education

Human Rights Education Institute: Human Rights as a Transformative Vision

When: Mon-Fri, August 5-16, 9:30am-4:30pm
Where: University of San Francisco, CA
Cost: FREE – registration required

Human Rights as a Transformative Vision is a two-week institute on Human Rights Education for classroom educators (6-12), museum practitioners, non-profit, non-governmental organization and public service providers. This workshop is ideal for anyone working in public spaces with access to engage community members around issues of human rights. This Institute attempts to highlight structural inequity and the intersections of class, race and gender in order to build equitable public spaces that support dignity, human rights and peace for all.

During the two-week institute, participants will be introduced to concepts of international human rights (with a strong focus on economic & social rights with links to current social movements working on these issues) and the history of human rights mechanisms as well as organizations/curricular resources and effective pedagogical approaches for human rights education. Partnerships with organizations such as the World As It Could BeVoice of WitnessThe Representation Project, and others will be utilized to bring an expansive vision of how organizations are incorporating human rights into their programming and work.

A stipend of $250 will be provided for completion of the two-week institute. Another $250 stipend will be offered upon the completion of your proposed action project. Continuing Education Credits of up to 4 credits available.
Scholarships for airfare and housing are available on a needs basis.

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