Center for Human Rights

The Center promotes and protects human rights worldwide — mobilizing lawyers to help threatened advocates; rallying thought leaders on vital issues; and holding abusive governments accountable.

Our Mission

To develop educational programs in the field of human rights; promote a greater understanding of and belief in the importance of human rights; collaborate with other ABA entities in the development and encouragement of human rights efforts, activities and programs; and assist in the development of appropriate ABA polices on human rights issues.

Center Leadership

The Center consists of an executive board, Chaired by Hon. Bernice B. Donald, special counselors and an advisory council, all appointed by the ABA president. Liaisons to the Center are appointed by ABA entities and external organizations.

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Our Initiatives

Justice Defenders Program

We take down legal barriers to advocacy, mobilize the global legal community, and hold governments accountable for restricting human rights activities. Our program enables advocates to work freely.

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ICC Project

Our mission is to strengthen, regularize, and broaden U.S. engagement with the ICC by creating dynamic forums where meaningful and sustained dialogue can occur on both practical and policy issues among and between the ICC and various American audiences.

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Human Trafficking Initiative

The scale and breadth of human trafficking is hard to assess due to its underground nature but the number of cases identified each year is rapidly increasing.

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Lawyers Without Rights

In 2012, the German Federal Bar and the American Bar Association agreed to jointly sponsor an exhibit of the fate of lawyers in Germany during WW2. This exhibit begins to provide a portrait of the fate of Jewish lawyers in Germany — stories that speak to how the Nazis purged Jewish lawyers as one of the early steps to attack the rule of law in their country.

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Contact Us

For more information about the Center or any questions, please contact humanrights@americanbar.org

Giving to the Center

The Center for Human Rights appreciates your donations to continue our valuable work. When you give to the Fund for Justice and Education, you can designate the Commission as your preferred recipient group. We thank you in advance!