Special Initiatives


Addressing current human rights concerns at local, state, and international levels

The Carr Center’s work includes a range of special initiatives focused on critical and compelling human rights concerns, including migration, trafficking, torture, transitional justice, humanitarian crises, LGBTQ rights, corruption, and shrinking civil society space. These initiatives are responsive to current events and are reflected in the work of our fellows, student experiential learning and funding, conferences and seminars, and the Center’s podcast.

The Carr Center plays a national and international  role in developing and disseminating non-partisan, evidence-based, inter-disciplinary research and policy analysis; creating opportunities for cross-sector and cross-issue convening and collaboration; and offering a human rights perspective on public policy problems.  Based at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Carr Center is in a unique position to leverage the convening power of Harvard and bring together unlikely allies in building opportunities for deliberation and collaboration.

News and Announcements


Harvard University Human Rights Centers Condemn Recent Police Violence in the United States

May 29, 2020

The Carr Center, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, FXB Center, Hutchins Center, and International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School denounce the vicious murder of George Floyd and other recent acts of racism in the U.S. ... Read more about Harvard University Human Rights Centers Condemn Recent Police Violence in the United States

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Upcoming Events

2020 Nov 10

The Human Consequences of Corruption

1:00pm to 2:00pm


Virtual Event (Registration Required)

Corruption is never a victimless crime. Grand corruption – the abuse of public office for private gain – is a contributor to some of the world’s most serious human rights concerns. Refugees are fleeing failed states because of corruption, corrupt government leaders (kleptocrats) are enriching themselves while their citizens die of hunger, lack of healthcare, and the effects of climate change.

Investigative journalists play an important role in the...

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2020 Nov 12

Summit on Nonviolence and Nonviolent Resistance Today 

11:00am to 4:00pm


Virtual Event (Registration Required)

The Summit on Nonviolence and Nonviolent Resistance Today will serve as an opportunity to share ideas and inspiration across fields, with the goal to strategize and develop new, innovative approaches to research and practice on nonviolent resistance.

Participants will have the opportunity to listen to past and current Topol Fellows present and discuss their works.

This Summit, convened by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, is made possible by the support of Sidney Topol and the Topol Family Foundation.  

*We will provide additional information...

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Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt