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The Human Rights Project (HRP) enables students to learn about, and engage in, the contemporary human rights movement. The Project focuses on the philosophical foundations and political mechanisms of human rights and maintains a special interest in freedom of expression, the public sphere, and media. Since 2001 HRP has supported dozens of student internships at human rights and humanitarian organizations, governmental and international agencies, local community groups, hospitals and clinics, and research centers from Peshawar to Albany.
The Human Rights Project also sponsors individual students who are pursuing research abroad and at home. Special initiatives include the Migrant Labor Project, which seeks to improve conditions for migrant laborers and their families in New York State, particularly the Hudson Valley; an extensive lecture and film series on campus; an online video archive and broadcast-quality digital videotape archive of the trial of Slobodan Milosevic at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague; and the Bhopal Memory Project, an online archive and information resource about the chemical disaster in Bhopal, India, in 1984.