This organizational directory is a collection of national organizations that engage in human rights education activities across the United States. If you would like to add your organization, please fill out this form. Organizations already listed, are also welcome to use the form to make changes as well.
* Indicates founding organization
The Advocacy Lab*
The Advocacy Lab partnered with teachers in New York City high schools to provide in-class human rights education and advocacy skills training at least once a week over the course of the school year. Their grassroots program prepared students with the knowledge, tools and confidence to create positive social change in their communities and in the world.
The Advocates for Human Rights*
The Advocates for Human Rights is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights. Through cutting-edge research, education, and advocacy, The Advocates saves lives, fights injustice, restores peace, and builds the human rights movement in the United States and around the world.
Africa Center, University of Pennsylvania
he Africa Center at the University of Pennsylvania is recognized as a vital and forward-looking center where researchers, students and cultural and business entities come to gain knowledge of historical and contemporary Africa.
American Friends Service Committee
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.
American Red Cross*
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education in the United States. Their resources for educators includes a curriculum on exploring humanitarian law.
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. They campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.
Amnesty International USA*
Currently the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, Amnesty investigates and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world.
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School*
Since its founding in 1999 the Carr Center has developed a unique focus of expertise on the most dangerous and intractable human rights challenges of the new century, including genocide, mass atrocity, state failure and the ethics and politics of military intervention.
Center for Civic Education
The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in California. The Center’s programs are implemented with the assistance of a network of public- and private-sector organizations and educational leaders in every state and congressional district in the country and in more than eighty other countries, many of which are emerging and advanced democracies.
Center for Human Rights, University of Iowa
Iowa Center for Human Rights’ mission is the promotion and protection of human rights at home and abroad through distinguished multidisciplinary leadership in human rights research, education, and public service to The University of Iowa, its surrounding communities, the State of Iowa, and beyond.
Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at Florida Atlantic University
The Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education (CHHRE) at Florida Atlantic University presents cutting-edge training and resources to teachers involved in Holocaust and genocide education. The Center offers workshops, advanced seminars, and summer institutes for K-12 teachers working in the fields of history, arts, languages, religion, science, technology, politics, and social studies.
Center for Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights
Established in 2007, the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights (CGHR) based at the Rutger-Newark College of Arts and Sciences has established itself as a leader in the study of world challenges ranging from the devastation of genocide to the process of conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
Center for World Education, College of Education & Social Services
The College of Education and Social Services (CESS) at the University of Vermont prepares outstanding professionals in education, social work, and human services. We are passionate and deeply committed to student engagement and success within a culture of academic excellence, innovation, experiential learning, and social justice.
Creative Educators International Network
The Creative Educators International Network a non-profit NGO dedicated to inspiring educators who are implementing Value-Creating Education in different ways. Through deepening our own understanding and compassion, we are determined to lay the foundation and construction of a United Nations of Education.
Dorothy Cotton Institute*
Named in honor of Civil Rights legend, Dorothy Cotton, The Dorothy Cotton Institute advances the knowing, sharing, and protection of human rights. The institute offers popular education and training to inspire and support people who want to foster and protect human rights and to advance civic participation for social transformation.
The Dreamers Initiative
The Dreamers Initiative seeks to empower current and future generations to follow their dreams by providing resources, opportunities, education, and connections needed to put their dreams into action. Their programs focus on igniting innovation and stimulating the desire to give back to their community.
Eden Prairie High School
Eden Prairie High School is a four-year public high school located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Elizabethtown is a private residential college of 1900 students pursuing degrees in liberal arts, STEM, professional fields and education. It is located in Elizabethtown, PA.
Each One Teach One: EOTO World
EOTO World seeks to provide safe spaces for human rights activists to transmit their knowledge and skills in human rights to a global audience, contribute to global efforts to address the Millennium Development Goals, and promote a culture of peace.
Embrey Human Rights Program, Southern Methodist University
The Embrey Human Rights Program (EHRP) at Southern Methodist University educates students and other members of the the global community to understand, promote, and defend human rights as responsible citizens of the world.
European Wergeland Centre
Based in Oslo, Norway, the European Wergeland Centre (EWC) is a resource centre on education for intercultural understanding, human rights, and democratic citizenship.
Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History and Ourselves is a n international educational and professional development organization. Its mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.
Girls Learn International
The GLI Program supports the empowerment of US students as they discover that through their own creative initiatives, dedication, and passionate leadership, they can create real solutions that address the obstacles facing girls and women in the US and around the world.
Global Nomads Group
Global Nomads Group fosters dialogue and understanding among the world’s youth, using technology to enable conversations between middle school and high school students who otherwise would not meet.
Global South Watch, Inc.
Global South Watch creates open and just societies in global south countries by providing civil society organizations with useful information, resources, and relevant trainings to hold their governments accountable.”
Groton Public Library
The Groton Public Library serves the town of Groton, MA.
Human Rights Center, Law School, University of Minnesota*
The Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota promotes research on real-world challenges, prepares future lawyers to defend human rights, and partners with civil society to impact law and practice at the local, national, and international levels.
Human Rights Education Associates*
HREA is an international non-governmental organization that supports human rights education; the training of human rights defenders and professional groups; and the development of educational materials and programming
Human Rights Watch Student Task Force*
The Human Rights Watch Student Task Force (STFis a youth leadership-training program that brings together high school students and educators from the Los Angeles area and empowers them to advocate for human rights issues, especially the rights of children.
IARF-Human Rights Resource Centre
Based in Hindupur, Andhra Pradesh, India, IARF-Human Rights Resource Centre is affiliated with the International Association for Religious Freedom. It creates and distributes human rights education materials.
Independent Commission on Public Education
Believing that all children, their families, and teachers have a human right to dignity in schools, the Independent Commission on Public Education(iCOPE) works to develop an alternative vision of public education based on human rights principles, especially in New york City.
Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University
The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) is committed to its three core goals: providing interdisciplinary human rights education to Columbia students, fostering innovative academic research, and offering its expertise in capacity building to human rights leaders, organizations, and universities around the world.
iACT provides humanitarian action to those affected by mass atrocities. It trains and employs refugees to adapt and lead education, sports, and human rights programs in their communities.
J.J.Hill Montessori School
Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, J.J.Hill School offers a Montessori education for students K-5. The school takes pride in its designation as an international peace site.
National Education Association*
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA’s 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs.
National Youth Leadership Council
The National Youth Leadership Council works to create a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world with young people, their schools, and their communities through young people, their schools, and their communities through service-learning.
New Roads School
New Roads School provides an inspired college preparatory program to a diverse student population that mirrors the rich diversity of Los Angeles. It encourages collaboration among students, parents, and teachers to develop the tools needed for social, political and moral participation as well as personal fulfillment
PRYDE for Peace
PRYDE for Peace partners with communities to engage their youth on nonviolent, restorative approaches to conflict, and equip them with the knowledge and skills they seek to be leaders for the peaceful social development of their societies
The Puffin Foundation Ltd. provides grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.
The Rex Foundation aims to help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere.
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights*
Working alongside local activists, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights advocates for a more just and peaceful world trough lasting positive change in governments and corporations. Its programs have pursued strategic litigation on key human rights issues, educated millions of children in human rights advocacy and fostered a social good approach to business and investment.
Robert H. Jackson Center
Robert H. Jackson Center advances public awareness of the principles of justice embodied in the achievements of Robert H. Jackson, U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Chief U.S. Prosecutor at Nuremberg. The Center engages educators to design creative ways to educate and school children, college students, attorneys, judges and public officials to discuss and reflect on the universal principles of equality, fairness and justice.
Sahel Research and Strategy Group
Sahel Research and Strategy Group promotes and supports the development of democratic governments in the Horn of Africa. Founded by concerned Somali professionals in Minnesota, it partners with local and national governments in the Horn of Africa to stabilize fragmented regions through creating healthy economies and civic participation.
Schools for Chiapas
Schools for Chiapas is an organization of grassroots activists and communities working to support the autonomous, indigenous Zapatista communities of Chiapas, Mexico. It was created the mid-1990’s by individuals searching for ways to make the world a better place and working to create a world where all worlds fit.
The Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies
The Summer Institute provides in-depth human rights education for students and teachers in the Buffalo area.
Spain Park High School
Located in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover, Spain Park High School has been consistently recognized as one of the outstanding schools in Alabama.
Teaching for Change
Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.
Teaching Tolerance, Southern Poverty Law Center
Teaching Tolerance combats prejudice among US youth while promoting equality, inclusiveness, and equitable learning environments in the classroom. It produces and distributes free anti-bias resources to educators across the country, including Teaching Tolerance magazine.
Thomas J.Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut
The Dodd Center seeks to advance human rights education through its K-12 Initiative in Connecticut public schools, through the scholarly use of the Thomas J. Dodd Papers, and through its International Justice Research Fellowship.
Universal Human Rights Initiative
Universal Human Rights Initiative seeks to educate about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Its UDHR Video Project of seeks to record native speakers reading the Declaration in every known language.
University of San Francisco – School of Education*
The School of Education offers the USA’s first masters degree in human rights education and a doctoral program in International and Multicultural Education with a concentration in human rights education.
Defining upstander as someone who stands up, speaks out, and/or takes action in defense of those who are targeted for harm, the project challenges indifference to injustice and raises awareness of the need for upstanders, especially among teachers and their students.
Urban Refugees: Raising the Voices of the Invisible
Urban Refugees is an international organization that works to change the way the world supports urban refugees. It assists refugees in cities around the world to develop their capacity to organize, plan and advocate for themselves.
US Fund for UNICEF
UNICEF USA supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States.
Victims of Crisis Aid Society
Based in Nigeria, Victims of Crisis Aid Society works on behalf of refugees and internally displaced persons, orphans, HIV/AIDS victims, and other vulnerable groups.
Voice of Witness
Voice of Witness (VOW) promotes human rights and dignity by amplifying the voices of people impacted by injustice. Through its oral history book series and education program, VOW fosters a more nuanced, empathy-based understanding of human rights crises.
William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, University of Mississippi*
The William Winter Institute works in communities and classrooms, in Mississippi and beyond, to support a movement of racial equity and wholeness as a pathway to ending and transcending all division and discrimination based on difference.
Wings Academy High School
Located in the Bronx, Wings Academy is a small, personalized learning-centered public high school focused on preparing students for the 21st century. A member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, Wings Academy is committed to a philosophy of small classes, student-centered classes, teachers-as-coaches, and performance-based assessment.
World Savvy is a national education nonprofit that works with educators, schools, and districts to integrate the highest quality of global competence teaching and learning into K-12 classrooms, so all young people can be prepared to meet the challenges of 21st century citizenship.
The World As it Could Be Human Rights Education Program*
The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Program (TWAICB) uses the creative arts to deepen learning about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and inspire participating youth to teach peers and adults about the importance of the UDHR principles and take actions, large and small, that lead to equality, justice and dignity for all.
Dedicated to the inclusion of human rights and social responsibility in the curriculum. Woven Teaching offers online forums for collaboration, comprehensive historical information, unit planning, age appropriate lesson plans, effective communication strategies, and in person workshops.