The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy serves as the hub of the Harvard Kennedy School’s research, teaching, and training in the human rights domain. The center embraces a dual mission: to educate students and the next generation of leaders from around the world in human rights policy and practice; and to convene and provide policy-relevant knowledge to international organizations, governments, policymakers, and businesses.

About the Carr Center

Since its founding in 1999, the Carr Center has dedicated the last quarter-century to human rights policy.

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Justice Matters Podcast

Desirée Cormier Smith, Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice for the U.S. State Department, discusses combatting worldwide structural racism, discrimination, and xenophobia. 


Jessica Yamoah, CEO and Founder of Innovate Inc., discusses why diversity and inclusion matters at the intersection of business, entrepreneurship, and technology.


View and listen to all of the Justice Matters podcast episodes in one place.


Danson Kahyana discusses the current political situation and the backlash he has faced in response to his work in Uganda. 


Diego Garcia Blum discusses advocating for the safety and acceptance of LGBTQI+ individuals, as well as the state of anti-LGBTQI+ legislation across the globe.


Gay McDougall discusses her decades of work on the frontlines of race, gender, and economic exploitation. 


Phuong Pham and Geoff Dancy discuss evidence-based, victim-centered transitional justice and its implications for peace, democracy, and human rights around the world.


Angela Riley, Chief Justice of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and Professor at UCLA, discusses what sovereignty means for indigenous tribes in the United States.

“The Carr Center is building a bridge between ideas on human rights and the practice on the ground—and right now we're at a critical juncture around the world.”

Mathias Risse, Faculty Director
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