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Housed in the Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas, the Lab’s social justice mission is to track and monitor ongoing humanitarian, environmental and socio-political crises throughout the Americas by using open source investigative methods to achieve accountability for communities adversely affected by human rights violations and to promote justice.

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  • UC awards $19M in grants to support groundbreaking research to benefit Californians

    Originally published by the UC Office of the President, January 14, 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored how easily infections can be transmitted. Today, even a routine doctor’s visit can be risky. It’s no surprise, then, that telehealth visits — online medical appointments — have increased dramatically over the past year. However, telehealth has its…

  • Two UC Santa Cruz programs win funding for public interest technology

    The Human Rights Investigations Lab and Everett Program are being recognized for their socially-conscious tech leadership Originally published by the Campus Newscenter on November 16, 2020 by Allison Arteaga Soergel The University of California, Santa Cruz recently received funding through the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) to advance two innovative social change programs that are…

  • UC Santa Cruz Human Rights Lab investigates social unrest in Chile

    Originally published on the Campus Newscenter on October 13, 2020 by Matthew Renda Before she began her last year as an undergrad at UC Santa Cruz, Monica Estrada Arias had been reading voluminously about human rights issues in the United States and beyond. While she says her mind was afire with the theoretical underpinnings of human…

Recent Publications

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Perilous Journeys: Migrants Vulnerable to Violence through Mexico

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Online Monitoring of Human Rights & Civil Unrest in Colombia: Teaching Guide

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Indigenous Land Defenders of Brazil: In Memoriam

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Last modified: Nov 14, 2023