Embrey Human Rights Program



The Embrey Human Rights Program has launched a human rights award entitled
Triumph of the Spirit.

The award ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.
Information about recipients and tickets will be announced in August.


Why Should We Care About Human Rights?

Embrey Human Rights ProgramIn the aftermath of the Holocaust, the establishment of the United Nations in 1945 and the end of the Cold War, human rights has become one of the most powerful and important subjects in academic discourse. Recent human rights issues occur in diverse places such as Syria, Tibet, Bosnia, South Sudan. The United States is not immune to human rights abuses either; close to home, human rights issues occur in Guantanamo Bay and New Orleans. The scope of human rights violations is wide, covering subjects such as the death penalty, hate crimes, genocide, torture, mass murder and crimes against women, galvanizing scholars and students throughout academia.

At SMU, students gain the skills, education and training to make a difference in harsh realities and take a stand where there's injustice. They participate in various human rights trips around the world. Their journeys honor victims of unimaginable horrors and serve as reminders that the human spirit is capable of enduring and vanquishing mankind's worst deeds.

We have the responsibility to try to prevent human rights atrocities from happening. We must see our lives as inextricably linked to both the past and the future, so that all peoples, individually and collectively, can live with dignity.

Upcoming Events:

Join KERA and its community partners for a Freedom Summer event, featuring video clips from the PBS documentary and a panel discussion on Tuesday, June 17th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room at KERA, 3000 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas 75201. Tickets available at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/freedom-summer-community-screening-panel-discussion-tickets-11697225717?aff=eventful/r/eventful.

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) invites applications for an investigator/paralegal to work on death penalty cases.

SCHR is a nonprofit, public interest law firm based in Atlanta that represents people facing the death penalty; brings class action challenges to cruel and inhumane conditions and practices in prisons and jails; and uses litigation, public education, and organizing to effect systemic change in the criminal justice system across the South. A core function of SCHR is to provide representation to people facing the death penalty, and the role of the investigator is central to this effort. For more information about SCHR, see our website at www.schr.org.

The full job description, including responsibilities and application requirements, can be found online. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2014. No phone calls, please.