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Human Rights Activist Project

The Human Rights Activist Project (HRAP) addresses the absence of youth voices in the public policy decision-making process and trains youth to become human rights activists and leaders in their communities and the world.

Students identify and research human rights issues and develop a campaign for social change, which includes public outreach, direct action, media strategies, meeting with elected officials, and networking with other organizers. Past HRAP campaigns have included work on climate change, the DREAM Act, the genocide in Darfur, the Dignity for All Students Act, NYPD Stop and Frisk Policy, and food justice/child nutrition.

This program takes place once a week during the school year at our Manhattan offices and is open to all local New York City high school students. It is also offered at some of our New York City high school sites. For more information on how to join, please email

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