About the Carr Center:

The mission of the Carr Center, like the Harvard Kennedy School, is to train future leaders for careers in public service and to apply first-class research to the solution of public policy problems. Our research, teaching and writing are guided by a commitment to make human rights principles central to the formulation of good public policy in United States and throughout the world.
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In the News:

Sept 9: Tim McCarthy launched The A.R.T. of Human Rights, which “seeks to use the arts and humanities to explore the most pressing human-rights issues of our time,” he said.

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July 25: Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan has appointed Artyom Geghamyan as Armenian deputy justice minister, the press office of the government reported on Friday. Geghamyan is a former Carr Center research Fellow.

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June 26: Sharmila L. Murthy, a visiting scholar at HKS, highlights 'Why Access To Toilets Is A Women's Rights Issue.' In her latest article, Murthy describes how a lack of adequate sanitation disproportionately affects women, and puts them at risk for violence.

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June 25: The Dorchester Reporter, The Codman Square Health Center's 2014 Community Service Award will be awarded to Timothy P. McCarthy for his work with the Clemente Course in the Humanities. He will be awarded alongside Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and a keynote address will be given by Senator Elizabeth Warren.


June 13: The Guardian, In a new interview with The Guardian, Siddharth Kara, Carr Center fellow and author of three books on modern-day slavery, talks about the profits and losses of slavery and what he has learned from 12 years of research into trafficking, across six continents.
June 6: The Washington Post, Five myths about talking to terrorists. Former Carr Center Fellow Michael Semple writes about the inherent challenges of talking with terrorists, and the misconceptions surrounding the process. He says: "It's a good moment to consider some of what has been learned from dealing with terrorists - in places from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Northern Ireland - and which lessons have been misunderstood."
June 2: U.S. Dept. of State, Richmond Blake wins 2013 Human Rights Award from U.S. Department of State.Blake was a member of the MPP Class of 2011. His PAE (with Rafaela Zuidema), "Protecting Vulnerable LGBT Populations: An Opportunity for U.S. Global Leadership," won the Carr Center Prize for Best Human Rights PAE. To win the 2013 Human Rights Award, Blake spearheaded the development of a 21-episode radio soap opera to raise awareness about human trafficking and through a series of creative low-cost initiatives he modeled how embassies can promote the rights of members of marginalized populations.
May 16: The Armenian Mirror-Spectator, Coverage of Carr Center event: "An Evening of Remembrance at Harvard University." The article gives an in-depth look at the content of the event. Says the Spectator, "The speakers representing the three communities linked their common histories of pain, but stressed the need for education as the means for preventing such tragedies."
April 16: The Harvard Gazette, Profile of Alberto Mora, a Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow currently working in collaboration with and support of the Carr Center. Alberto discusses his background as former Navy general counsel and further explains why releasing the Senate report on CIA practices since the 9/11 attacks is so vital.
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Upcoming Events:

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Recent Publications:

Journal Article: “Grounds for exclusion in refugee law: the problem with the concept of extended liability in international criminal law,” Federica D'Alessandra, Carr Center Fellow, 2013-14 - International Bar Association: Human Rights Law Newsletter, May 1, 2014.
Carr Working Papers Series: “Human Rights and Alternative Legality in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” Federica D'Alessandra, Carr Center Fellow, 2013-14 - April 1, 2014.
Carr Working Papers Series: “The Psychological Consequences of Becoming a Child Soldier: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depression, and Other Forms of Impairment,” Federica D'Alessandra, Carr Center Fellow, 2013-14 - March 10, 2014.
Working Paper: “Three Images of Trade: On the Place of Trade in a Theory of Global Justice,” Mathias Risse, Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy and Carr Center Core Faculty - February 15, 2014.
Video File: “Keynote address: 'We Must Do Better: The LGBTQ Movement and the Paradox of Progress',” Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Director, Sexuality, Gender & Human Rights Program - Inaugural LGBTQ Graduate Student Conference, Harvard University February 1, 2014.
Carr Working Papers Series: “Voices from the Frontline: Addressing forced marriage within the United States,” Vidya Sri, Carr Center Fellow, 2013-14 - October 4, 2013.
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What's New:

April 7: Tufts University Podcast, Listen to Carr Center Faculty Director Douglas A. Johnson as he discusses his career as a human rights activist, organization builder and teacher as well as the process of becoming a human rights professional in a podcast interview conducted by students from Tufts University.
March 20: NEW!! Carr Spring Human Rights Speaker Series: "The Obama Human Rights Policy: The Unfinished Agenda." Hear from some of the leading voices in human rights, who from within the Obama Administration wrestled with moral dilemmas like Guantanamo, drones, Libya, and Syria.
February 7: As part of their spring speaker series, on Friday, February 7, Carr Center Fellow Federica D'Alessandra delivered the presentation, "Transitional Justice: Enhancing the Right to Health through Truth Commissions" at the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for International Development.
October 29: Juba, South Sudan, Carr Center Fellow Luka Biong Deng Kuol recently met with the Chief of General Staff of the Sudan Peoples' Liberation Army (SPLA), the South Sudan Inspector General of Police, and the South Sudan National Security Director to discuss concerns put forth by the international community regarding the human rights situation in South Sudan.
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