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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Former Student Advisory Board Member Awarded Fulbright Scholarship



Erik Katovich, a May 2015 graduate of the University of Minnesota, and former member of the Human Rights Program Student Advisory Board, has begun his adventure as a Fulbright Scholar in São Paulo, Brazil. With a B.S. in economics and minors in mathematics, Spanish, and history, Erik plans to continue his work in the field of economics, with a focus on development, as both a student and a researcher.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Director Barbara Frey and Professors Robert Stein and David Weissbrodt Receive Center for Victims of Torture Annual Eclipse Awards

On 23 July 2015, the Center for Victims of Torture published the following article to its website:

As the Center for Victims of Torture™ (CVT) commemorates its 30th anniversary, the organization presents its annual Eclipse Award to its founders. This group of individuals was instrumental in launching the organization in 1985 and making key contributions to its early growth and development.


Recipients include Barbara Frey, Samuel Heins, Rudy Perpich, Jr. and the late Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich, Terry Saario, Robert Sands, Robert Stein, Tom Triplett and David Weissbrodt in recognition of their role in founding and supporting the organization 30 years ago.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Minnesota Daily Highlights New Master's of Human Rights

On 17 June 2015, the Minnesota Daily, a campus newspaper for students, faculty, and staff at the University of Minnesota, published the following article on the anticipated Master's of Human Rights at the University of Minnesota:

Damir Utrzan knows what it’s like to flee a war-torn country and resettle in a foreign land.

After leaving Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Bosnian War more than 20 years ago, the University of Minnesota family social science PhD student came to the United States when he was 10 years old and has made it his life’s work to help others from similar situations.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Local Human Rights Advocate Nominated as Ambassador to Norway

Samuel D. Heins, human rights champion in Minnesota and supporter of the Human Rights Program, was recently nominated by President Obama as the next ambassador for the United States to the Kingdom of Norway.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Graduate Minor Spotlight: Damir Utrzan


Damir Utrzan, PhD student in Family Social Sciences and a student of the human rights minor, was recently awarded two human-rights-related fellowships for the upcoming year. During the summer, Damir will be working under a Human Rights Fellowship through the Human Rights Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota Law School, and in the upcoming school year he will work on his dissertation with the support of the Minority Fellowship Program through the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Both fellowships will support him in building links to and support for minority communities in the Upper Midwest through his interdisciplinary efforts in providing counseling services to those who have faced serious human rights violations.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Human Rights Program Supports Student Investigation of Children Incarcerated with their Mothers

In most countries of the world, mothers are permitted keep their infants and young children with them in prisons. The well-being of children whose mothers are incarcerated is a relatively unseen, understudied phenomenon with evident developmental and human rights implications.