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Program Areas

Mission Statement:

The Human Rights Center works locally, nationally, and internationally to provide research, training, educational materials, and assistance to professionals, students, and volunteers working to promote and protect human rights.

Education Program

The overall goal of the Education Program is to promote international human rights law and human rights principles and values by applying Human Rights Education models and methods in a variety of formal and non-formal educational settings.

Humphrey Fellowship Program

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright Programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the purpose of which is to bring distinguished mid-career professionals from selected developing nations to the United States for a year of professional networking, academic study, and cross-cultural exchange. Humphrey Fellows are selected because of their potential for leadership in their home countries and work in the fields of law and human rights.

Human Rights Fellowship Program

The Human Rights Fellowship Program provides financial support to residents of the Upper Midwest—including students, teachers, lawyers, health professionals, community leaders and others—interested in gaining practical experience with human rights organizations. The Fellowship Program provides hands on training through placements with organizations worldwide.

Applied Human Rights Research, Policy & Practice

The Human Rights Center engages in applied human rights research and policy in a number of areas, including the creation of training manuals and educational resources, as well as special projects in areas such as transitional justice and the rule of law and the Guantánamo Defense Project.

International Women's Rights Action Watch

The International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) joined the Human Rights Center in 2006. IWRAW focuses on the promotion of women’s human rights using international human rights principles and processes.

Matthew Webster

"The University of Minnesota Law School has one of the best international and comparative law programs in the country. Besides a faculty of leading experts and a large selection of courses, it offers clinics and student organizations to meet the needs of students, from those who want an overview of international law to those who want to immerse themselves in human rights advocacy."

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