HRA is a human rights organization based in Berkeley, California. We are dedicated to promoting and protecting international human rights in the United States and abroad.
HRA participates actively in the work of various United Nations human rights bodies, using its status as a fully accredited Non-Governmental Organization. We are most involved at the United Nations Council on Human Rights, the Commission on the Status of Women, the Commission on Sustainable Development, and several treaty bodies, including the Human Rights Committee and the Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination. We also participate in UN Conferences, including the women’s conference in Beijing, China; the racism conference in Durban, South Africa; and the Conference on the rights of the child in New York, NY.
HRA addresses the panoply of human rights issues, including minority and bodies on the human rights aspects of such issues as: minority and peoples’ rights; the rights of the child; juvenile criminal sentencing; trafficking in women and children; migrant worker rights; the right to housing; the right to food; affirmative action; corporate accountability; and human rights and the environment.
- Connie de la Vega, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco
- Jeremiah Johnson, Attorney, Johnson & McDermed
Jeffrey Kaloustian, Attorney, Law Office of Jeffrey Kaloustian
- Nicole Phillips, Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
- Abby Rubinson, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of San Francisco
- Birte Scholz, Coordinator, Huairou Commission
- Julianne C. Traylor, Associate Director, International Programs, University of San Francisco
National Advisory Board
- Sandra Coliver, Sr. Legal Officer, Open Society Justice Initiative
- Laurel E. Fletcher, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Berkeley, CA
- Paul Hoffman, Schonbrun, Desimone, Seplow, Harris and Hoffman LLP, Venice, CA
- JoAnne Kagiwada, Human Rights Consultant on Religious Affairs
- Michelle Leighton, Director of Human Rights, Center for Law & Global Justice, Univ. of San Francisco School of Law
- Rita Maran, Author, Human Rights Consultant
- Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, Director, Indigenous World Association
- Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Professor of Law, Hastings College of the Law, University of California
- Dinah Shelton, Professor of Law, George Washington University
- David Weissbrodt, Fredrikson and Byron Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
International Advisory Board
- Philip Alston, Professor of Law, New York University
- Yuji Iwasawa, Assoc. Professor of Int’l Law, University of Tokyo, Japan
- Jose Lindgren Alves, National Coordinator for the Alliance of Civilizations, Brazil
- Mulya Lubis, Center for Human Rights Studies, Indonesia
- Jeremy McBride, Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham, U.K.
- C.M. Eya Nchama, Official Representative, Office of Human Rights, Dept. of Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
- Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1980, Argentina
- Deepika Udagama, Center for Study of Human Rights, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka