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|Charlie Clements is the Carr Center's Executive Director. Prior to coming to the Carr Center, Clements, a widely respected human rights activist and public health physician, served as president of Unitarian Universalist Service Committee from August 2003 until February 2010. Prior to taking the position at UUSC, he served as executive director of Border WaterWorks, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the El Paso Community Foundation, which assisted small U.S. communities along the border without running water or sewers to construct such desperately needed infrastructure.
Throughout the years, Clements has faced several moral dilemmas that shaped his life. As a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy who had flown more than 50 missions in the Vietnam War, he decided the war was immoral and refused to fly missions in support of the invasion of Cambodia. Later, as a newly trained physician, he chose to work in the midst of El Salvador's civil war, where the villages he served were bombed, rocketed, or strafed by some of the same aircraft in which he had previously trained.
For two years in the late 1980s, Clements served as director of human rights education at UUSC, leading a number of congressional fact-finding delegations to Central America. In 1997, as president of Physicians for Human Rights, he participated both in the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and the treaty signing for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Clements is author of Witness to War and the subject of an Academy Award-winning documentary of the same title.
Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Aden Tedla is currently pursuing a Master in Public Policy degree at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she is concentrating in International and Global Affairs. She is a civil rights advocate and community organizer, with interests in popular education, human rights, non-violent direct action, and international development.
During her undergraduate years at Swarthmore College, Aden served as an advocate for diversity issues through the Intercultural Center and Black Cultural Center. She is co-founder of Swarthmore Overlaps, a student publication that seeks to facilitate the discussion of political, cultural, and social issues that are often left out of the mainstream discourse. Aden also served as a student researcher for the Global Non-violent Action Database (http://nvdatabase.swarthmore.edu/), an online resource that provides free information about non-violent action campaigns and tactics. As a Philip Evans Scholar, she was also able to travel to and study in countries including Peru, Ethiopia, Kenya, Egypt, and Israel. Upon graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she served as an Organizing Fellow for the Obama for America campaign team.