Current News at the Institute

By Bárbara Matias
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Socio-economic rights rarely make headlines and many human rights violations remain invisible. This is worrying at a time when socio-economic rights are under great pressure and at the same time are more important than ever. With threats ranging from global financial crises to local water crises, and economic inequalities to rising xenophobic rhetoric, the human rights discourse has become ever so valuable, yet its potential remains unrealized.

Alexandra Rizio
Monday, April 3, 2017

A 2006 graduate of Columbia College with a concentration in Human Rights, Alexandra Rizio now serves as a Supervising Attorney at the Safe Passage Project, a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to unaccompanied immigration children facing deportation. In this role, Alexandra represents children, most of whom have fled Central America, in immigration and family court proceedings, and mentors pro bono attorneys in their cases.

Application Deadline: May 5, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Columbia University has a unique international reputation for human rights education and research, earned through decades of highly respected training of human rights professionals and a commitment to the interdisciplinary study and practice of human rights. As a focal point for the study of human rights at Columbia, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) is committed to providing exceptional education programs that draw on these strengths. 

Chinonye Alma Otuonye, M.A. 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ISHR congratulates Chinonye Alma Otuonye on her acceptance into the Cultural Anthropology PhD program at CUNY.

New Rightsviews article by Bárbara Matias
Monday, March 20, 2017

In a new Rightsviews article, graduate student Bárbara Matias examines the challenges and opportunities of the human rights field. Building on the discussion of panelists at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights' annual Career Panel, Matias explores how students can benefit from the insights of human rights practitioners in the field.