HRE USA TAAS Series: Incorporating Human Rights in the Classroom


Saturday, November 19, 2022

11:00-1:00pm ET


Kaylee Bradford

Kaylee Taylor Bradford is a global educator with over eight years of international training experience. She has a M.A. in International Educational Development from Columbia University, specializing in Peace and Human Rights Education. Throughout her career, she has worked in a variety of sectors including human trafficking prevention, refugee education, substance abuse rehabilitation, and research management. She is currently an independent educational consultant assisting a variety of organizations with curriculum development, teacher training, research, monitoring, and evaluation. Kaylee focuses her research on preservice HRE for teachers in the United States and currently serves as a Professional Development Consultant for HRE USA, leading their organizational training and resource development efforts. 

Elana Haviv is the Founder and Executive Director of Generation Human Rights, Inc. She designs human rights education programs that include innovative multi-disciplinary curricula for children, youth and teachers in schools, refugee settings and humanitarian emergencies in the US and abroad. The programs enable youth to develop the skills they need to live informed and engaged lives as they navigate the circumstances of the world around them. She contracts independently with international agencies as a policy and curriculum writer around human rights issues. Most recently she worked on the Addressing anti-Semitism through Education: Guidelines for Policymakers for UNESCO and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. She holds a Masters of Historiography in Education from Antioch University and is an oral history fellow at Columbia University. She is currently a doctoral student in Leadership and Change. (Santa Fe, NM)

Sandy Sohcot is Director and originator of The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Program. Sandy holds a California Lifetime Teaching Credential. In July 2001, Sandy became Executive Director of the Rex Foundation and served as in that capacity through 2013, to help renew the Foundation in the absence of direct Grateful Dead concert funding. In 2006, as part of her work, Sandy developed The World As It Could Be initiative to raise awareness about the human rights framework. The initial work evolved to become a full program with curriculum that includes the creative arts as a vital part of teaching about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since January 2014, Sandy has been Director of TWAICB, now a program of the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ ActivitiesLeague (DSAL). Sandy has been active in the small business and women’s communities of San Francisco. She co-founded the Women’s Leadership Alliance, and is past president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. In July 1999, the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women honored Sandy with their Women Who Make a Difference Award. Sandy served as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission 2004 –2008.

HRE USA TAAS Series: Ending Gun Violence


Monday, November 14, 2022

7pm–9pm ET

Virtual Zoom Session

You have the right to live free from gun violence. The impact of the gun violence in the United States (US) has created a human rights crisis by denying people their civil and political rights, including their right to live, right to security of person, right to be free from discrimination and equal protection of the law. Gun violence also undermines the enjoyment of economic, social, and cultural rights, including the right to health and the right to education. The US has a legal obligation to respect, protect and fulfill these human rights as it has signed or ratified five International human rights conventions. 


Ernest Coverson serves at the End Gun Violence Campaign Manager for Amnesty International USA.  In this capacity he works to eradicate all forms of gun violence plaguing our country especially in Black and Brown communities.  This work is being done through the legislative process and direct community organizing.  As campaign manager Ernest has been able to forge partnerships throughout the country that has allowed Amnesty to support and elevate organizations that typically don’t receive national recognition.

Ernest has committed his life to social justice throughout the country.  He began his journey for justice as Regional Youth Director with the NAACP where he worked to develop youth leadership across the Midwest.  The work and results during that time lead to his elevation to Regional Director on the east coast where he continued to organize, train activist and also lead national voter empowerment programs.

With over 20 years of experience in community empowerment work, Ernest continues to build bridges for those in challenging circumstances while making sure their voices are lifted.  He is proud father of one daughter and servant to all.

Ebony McClease is a human rights activist and serves as AI’s Legislative Coordinator for CT Ebony is a non-profit organizer with experience at campus, regional, national and international levels. She is currently a Job Developer with Forensic Health Services and has also worked as a Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor with Women and Families Center. Ebony has an MS in Political Science: Public Administration/Policy; and an MA in Women’s Studies. 

Cynthia Gabriel Walsh is the Director of Human Rights Education for Amnesty International USA. Prior to joining Amnesty International USA, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, West Africa. Cynthia holds a Masters of Science in Dispute Resolution from the University of Massachusetts, McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies and an undergraduate degree in Anthropology, International Affairs, and Latino Studies from Northeastern University. Cynthia has lived and traveled extensively through the America’s, Europe, and West Africa. She is based in Massachusetts where she lives with her spouse and three sons.

HRE USA TAAS Series: Children’s Rights & Youth Activism


Monday, November 7, 2022

7pm–9pm ET

Virtual Zoom Session

Speakers and Facilitators:

Hallie McRae is a rising junior studying Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She is passionate about human rights and social justice advocacy, participating in programs and organizations dedicated to each. On campus, she is involved in UC Berkeley’s ACLU club, leading the Know Your Rights project team under the Criminal Justice Reform committee. Here, students inform the community about the rights they hold surrounding police and immigration forces through the creation of handouts, presentations to local high schools, and general education campaigns. She is also involved in student government, coordinating educational outreach and support for survivors of sexual violence and sexual harassment, and is a member of the Repair The World Campus Corps, targeting food insecurity by mobilizing community members each week to pack and deliver bags with essentials to unhoused folks. Engaging with Human Rights Watch Student Task Force throughout high school, Hallie benefitted largely from human rights education and advocacy in academic settings, and is thrilled to continue the work of expanding human rights education and organizational work in schools and communities nationwide with HRE USA. 

Maddy Wegner is an educator and communications specialist who enjoys building teams, developing new approaches to and resources on education issues, and engaging others — especially young people — in these processes. She has served as the National Youth Leadership Council’s (NYLC’s) Director of Content and Engagement, developing resources for service- learning practitioners that bring research to practice and integrating human and child rights frameworks, for the past five years. She also has served as NYLC’s Director of Communications, overseeing strategic communications including policy, marketing, research, and curriculum development.

While the roots of her teaching trace back to teaching middle and high school English Language Arts, her interests in peace-building and conflict resolution have led her to more informal education settings. Through work with a number of nonprofits she has helped inspire young people to action through the lives and work of Nobel Peace Prize laureates by co-developing a series of iBooks entitled Being the Change as well as another series rooted in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

A member of the Executive Committee for Minneapolis’ Child Friendly Cities designation, she is a recipient of the Stellar Service-learning Award and an “Outstanding Contributions to Service-Learning” award from the Minnesota Department of Education. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, her teacher training through the University of California, Berkeley’s Bay Area Writing Project and an M.S.J. from Northwestern University.

Adrianna Zhang (she/her) is a first-year student at Stanford University. She is the Founder & Executive Director of San Francisco Communities who Help Advance the New Generation of Education, or SF CHANGE, a nationwide organization that has presented free educational workshops to over 30,000 students around the United States. Passionate about education equity, she has spearheaded children’s rights workshops for thousands of students in partnership with UNICEF’s international Child-Friendly Cities initiative, brought children’s rights workshops to 200+ classrooms, and integrated rights education into school curriculums around the nation. 

Adrianna also serves as the Chair of the San Francisco Youth Commission where she led the Vote16SF ballot measure to 207k+ votes, secured free public transportation for youth in San Francisco, and wrote legislation on affordable housing, Title IX reform, and more. She is also an active member of the National Vote16 Advisory Board.

Adrianna was a speaker at TEDxCity of San Francisco 2021 where she discussed youth civic engagement to an audience of 10k+ people. She was a guest panelist at the University of Warwick’s panel on Children’s Rights in Literature and a speaker at the Children’s Rights in the USA conference hosted by Salem State University.

HRE USA TAAS Series: Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights and Climate Change


Monday, October 24, 2022

7pm–9pm ET

Virtual Zoom Session

This session will explore Indigenous Peoples’ and environmental rights as human rights. Indigenous leaders from the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) will share current initiatives in policy, advocacy, education, and practice. IITC will be honored with the first 2022 Human Rights Educators USA Impact Award.

Today Indigenous Peoples are facing a compounding and multi-level urgent threat, specifically the Climate Crisis. The loss and damage we are already experiencing to our food systems, cultures, and ways of life, combined with the threats we see coming, require a multi-faceted, rights based response. We know that some reservations were already identified as “food deserts” even before the climate crisis came upon us.  Effective response to climate change requires taking urgent steps to protect and revitalize our ancestral practices, knowledge, and food sources such as buffalo and original seed varieties for corn, beans, and squash. It also requires that we defend our rights to Free, Prior and Informed Consent, Self-determination and Treaties in order to oppose fossil fuel development that produces greenhouse gas emissions such as pipelines, drilling. and mining in our homelands. We must also assert our recognized right to participate in decision-making that would affect our rights at the tribal, state, national, and international levels where our contributions as knowledge and rights holders are essential for building effective solutions. Our ancestors left us the warnings about what we as humans would face during these times. But they also left us with solutions that we can put into practice today, in response to these challenges.

IITC was founded on the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota in 1974 to be an international voice and advocate for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In 1977 IITC was the first Indigenous Peoples organization to receive Consultative Status from the UN Economic and Social Council and in 2011 it was the first to be upgraded to “General Consultative Status.”

Speakers and Facilitators

Lisa Bellanger, Board member, International Indian Treaty Council and District American Indian Specialist, St. Paul Schools, Minnesota

Andrea Carmen, Executive Director, the International Indian Treaty Council

William Means, a Founder and Board member, the International Indian Treaty Council

HRE USA TAAS Series:  Action for Human Rights


Monday, 10/17/22 7pm–9pm ET: Action for Human Rights

Taking Action for Human Rights

During this workshop, participants will explore various tactics for human rights action. Paying particular attention to youth action for human rights, we will explore how to design a plan of action, the right to protest, and student walk-outs as human rights action. This interactive workshop will be facilitated by Ben Fleming and Kristina Eberbach.

Ben Fleming is Adjunct Professor of International Human Rights Law and Adjunct Professor of the International Human Rights of Women Seminar at South Texas College of Law Houston. He was Associate Adjunct Professor of International Human Rights Law at the Graduate School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. He is also the co-founder and co-lead of the University Human Rights Education in Myanmar Project for the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University. He was a visiting lecturer in International Human Rights and Public International Law at Mandalay University School of Law in January and February 2014. Mr. Fleming was a Legal Officer in the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges at the United Nations Khmer Rouge Tribunal (UNAKRT/ECCC) in Phnom Penh (2006-2009), and has worked in the anti-corruption and litigation offices of Open Society Justice Initiative. 

Kristina Eberbach specializes in human rights and human rights education. She is currently Strategy and Curriculum Specialist for the Human Rights Close to Home (Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She served as Deputy Director at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University from 2019-2021 and as Director of Education from 2010-2019. She has developed and facilitated human rights programs, courses and workshops for university students, members of civil society and government officials in Colombia, Iraq, Myanmar, and the U.S. and has undertaken research, reporting, and advocacy work in Kenya (International Crisis Group), Myanmar, The Netherlands (ICTY/ICTR), South Africa, Uganda (Charity for Peace Foundation), and the U.S. She is co-chair of Human Rights Educators USA and is a co-founder and co-chair of the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education. Her research focuses on human rights education and human rights in transitional contexts and she is completing her PhD at the University of Utrecht. Kristina holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Come join us as we engage in dialogue regarding gun violence, youth action Indigenous rights, and much more!

Don’t miss this opportunity! Fall 2022 HRE USA Members Orientation Session

HRE USA Orientation 
HRE USA will be hosting virtual workshop sessions to provide general grounding in the overall structure of HRE USA as well as developing a base-level understanding of human rights and the human rights education framework. 

  • Introduction to Human Rights Education: Monday, October 3rd, 2022 7:30-8:30pm ET: This session will provide an overview of human rights and human rights education, with the purpose of establishing common understanding and fostering critical dialogue around the human rights framework.

Cost: Free

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