At the Carr Center, programs are our most significant areas of focus. They represent a major concentration of resources and commitment and often continue for several years.

The Carr Center's current programs include:

The Mass Atrocity Response Operation (MARO) Project
Sarah Sewall, Program Director. The Mass Atrocity Response Operations Project works within the US, as well as internationally, to encourage adoption by military and civilian policymakers of the concepts and principles outlined in the MARO Handbook. It also fosters greater understanding of tools that can be used to prevent and respond to mass atrocity and genocide.

The Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery 
Siddharth Kara, Program Director.
Expands the understanding of human trafficking in all its dimensions and develops specific policy recommendations to address this global affront to human dignity. This program conducts research and academic teaching; connects scholars, policymakers, and practitioners; and engages anti-trafficking stakeholders and leaders globally.

The Sexuality, Gender & Human Rights Program
Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Program Director. Through research, programming, and teaching, this program uses critical frameworks of sexuality and gender to examine the possibilities and limitations of human rights policy for women and LGBTQ people in the United States and throughout the globe.

The Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Program 
Sharmila Murthy and Mark Williams, Fellows
. Examines how the newly recognized human rights to water and sanitation can address inequalities in access to water and sanitation.  Research explores good governance, the concept of “progressive realization,” and the Protect, Respect, Remedy Guidelines for business and human rights.


Transitional Justice
Michael Semple, Program Director. The Transitional Justice Program examines the challenges of countries attempting to regain balance and redress legacies of massive human rights violations. It encompasses issues of legitimacy, criminal prosecutions, truth commissions, reparations, and various kinds of institutional reform necessary to protect vulnerable segments of a society and insure stability.

Human Rights in Education Program
Felisa Tibbitts, Fellow. Promotes policies, applied learning practices, and scholarship that support teaching and learning about human rights in the formal and non-formal education sectors, domestically and internationally. The Program includes The Initiative on Native American and Indigenous Rights, led by Fellow Lisa Balk King, which explores how the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People can promote and protect rights of Native Americans.

The Latin America Program
Leonardo Vivas, Program Director. The Program’s main areas of focus are the impact of NGOs on sovereignty and the Inter American System, the academic analysis of current human rights cases, and the participation of youth in promoting electoral transparency. The Program is actively exploring the need for a bi-lingual, electronic journal on human rights in Latin America.

Information about past Carr Center programs is also available.

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