2012 HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES PROGRAM

For Immediate Release
August 3, 2012
Contact: Stephanie V. Grepo, Director, Capacity Building Programs
email: sg2670@columbia.edu
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY WELCOMES NINE ACTIVISTS
TO THE 2012 HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES PROGRAM
New York, NY — On Monday, August 27th, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University will welcome nine human rights activists as the 24th cohort of the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP).
The intensive HRAP curriculum is defined by academic coursework, skills-building workshops and networking opportunities with the human rights communities in New York and Washington, D.C. By the time the advocates complete the program in mid-December, they will have acquired the knowledge, skills and connections necessary to further develop themselves as human rights professionals and their organizations back home.
Through a competitive selection process, nine advocates were chosen from 262 applications representing 66 countries. “Over the past few years, we have seen a steady increase in the number of countries represented in the application pool. The caliber of the applicants to HRAP remains high,” said Stephanie V. Grepo, Director of Capacity Building Programs at ISHR. “We looked for advocates who indicated in their application essays and through their interviews with HRAP alumni and ISHR staff that they have thought about how they will utilize and share the knowledge, skills and networks they have gained through HRAP once they return home.”
HRAP would not be possible without the support of numerous human rights professionals and organizations who generously share their expertise, networks and time with the Advocates. ISHR is very grateful to the following for their financial support of the 2012 Program: Arcus Foundation, the Open Society Foundations International Women’s Fund, Sperry Fund, the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, and two anonymous donors.
The 2013 application is available at http://hrcolumbia.org/hrap/apply

For complete biographical information on the 2012 Human Rights Advocates, please visit http://hrcolumbia.org/hrap/participants.

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