Human Rights Advocates Program

Dear friends and colleagues:

I am delighted to announce that the application for the 2007 session of
the annual Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) at Columbia University
is now available. I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to
disseminate this information and application to human rights activists
based in the Global South as well as grassroots activists in the United
States.

HRAP is designed to prepare proven human rights leaders from the Global
South and marginalized communities in the U.S. to participate in
national and international policy debates on globalization by building
their skills, knowledge, and contacts. The Program features a
four-month residency at Columbia University in New York City with a
structured curriculum of advocacy, networking, skills-building, and
academic coursework.

Since 2004, HRAP has concentrated its support on individuals and
organizations that address issues broadly related to the global
economy. The Program is now expanding its thematic focus to incorporate
activists working on issues of exclusion and the marginalization of
communities from political and economic processes. Activists working on
issues related to intolerance, marginalization, and xenophobia as
relates to globalization are invited to apply to the 2007 HRAP. The
Program remains open to activists working exclusively on human rights
issues related to the global economy.

The four-month Program focuses on the following key issue areas:

-Environmental injustice
-Labor rights violations
-Abuses by multinational corporations
-Ramifications of resource extraction
-Public health crises
-Unsustainable development

Special attention is given to the above issues and their intersection
with gender, race, ethnicity, and/or other sources of marginalization.

HRAP's current focus has emerged in recent years as a response to the
negative effects of globalization on those with the least access to
decision-making processes. Given their physical and symbolic distance
from centers of power, grassroots leaders are typically unable to lobby
for equitable outcomes from global policymakers.

The design of HRAP is intended to help level the playing field for those
lacking the access and relevant skills or knowledge to lobby effectively
for their causes. The Program provides advanced training, support, and
networking opportunities to respected human rights leaders. The focus
is both on strengthening the skills of the individual Advocates and
providing tools to build sustainable organizations that advocate for
disadvantaged peoples.

Participants are selected on the basis of their previous work experience
on human rights and globalization, commitment to the human rights field,
and demonstrated ability to complete graduate level studies. Full-time
students or government officials will not be considered. Advocates must
secure institutional endorsement from their organizations for their
participation in the Program and must commit to returning to that
organization upon completion of the Program. Activists must also be
originating from and residing in either the Global South or the United
States. Fluency in English is required.

This extremely competitive Program will admit approximately ten
participants. The Program will take place from the middle of August to
the middle of December 2007.

Attached please find an overview of the Program and the 2007 application
form. The completed application is due by October 3, 2006. As of this
year, applicants are asked to complete a shorter application than has
been required in the past. Short-listed candidates will be asked to
submit additional materials including essays and letters of reference.
Please note that late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

For further information or to download additional copies of the
application, please refer to our website at
< http://www.columbia.edu/cu/humanrights/training/adv/hradv_pgm.htm>.

Additional information can be requested by email from
hradvocates@columbia.edu, by phone at +1 212 854 3014, or by fax at +1
212 854 6785.

Yours sincerely,

Margaret Ladner
Director, Human Rights Advocates Program
Center for the Study of Human Rights
Columbia University

Margaret Ladner
Program Director
Human Rights Advocates Program
Center for the Study of Human Rights
1108 IAB, MC: 3365
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
Tel: 212-854-3014 | Fax: 212-854-6785 | Email: MCL49@columbia.edu
URL: www.columbia.edu/cu/humanrights