“Archives Against Annihilation”: Michelle Caswell lecture on archival representation and social justice

Please join the HRDI at 11:00am on Friday, April 21st 2017 in the Harry Ransom Center’s Prothro Theater, for a lecture by Dr. Michelle Caswell, Assistant Professor of Archival Studies at UCLA. Dr. Caswell is a leading scholar in the field of archival studies, with particular emphasis on archival ethics and the intersections of archives with human rights and social justice.

Dr. Caswell’s research is broadly interdisciplinary and this talk will be of interest to many members of the UT community. The lecture is titled “Archives Against Annihilation: Imagining Otherwise” and will examine the ways in which mainstream archival practice has symbolically annihilated communities of color and LGBTQ communities through absence, underrepresentation, and misrepresentation in mainstream archival records. The talk will also ask attendees to “imagine otherwise,” to conceive of and build a world in which historically- and currently-marginalized communities are fully empowered to represent their past, construct their present and envision their futures as forms of liberation.

This event has been organized by the Society of American Archivists-UT student chapter (SAA-UT) and is co-sponsored by the HRDI, the School of Information, and Campus Events and Entertainment. This talk is open to the public, with no RSVP needed.

Seating is limited to 125 attendees, so please arrive early. More information can be found on the official Facebook event page. For more information, please contact David Bliss.

Documenting Human Rights in Texas: Interview with the Texas After Violence Project

The Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI) is proud to announce our new blog series highlighting the work of our post-custodial partners and archivists. Since 2008, the HRDI has collaborated with organizations around the world to promote the security and use of human rights archival material as preserved in their context of creation.

Our series begins with an interview of Gabriel Solis, Executive Director of the Texas After Violence Project (TAVP). Director Solis’ contributions to the field of criminal justice reform and human rights includes work at Columbia University’s Center for Oral History, NYU Law School’s Brennan Center for Justice, and the Texas Office of Capitol and Forensic Writs. We are honored to collaborate with TAVP, and are thankful to Director Solis for his participation in our interview!

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  1. Can you tell me about the Texas After Violence Project and what you do there?

Founded in 2007 by capital habeas defense attorney Walter C. Long, the Texas After Violence Project is a human rights and restorative justice project that documents the effects of interpersonal and state violence on individuals, families, and communities. Our mission is to build a digital archive that serves as a resource for community dialogue and public policy that promotes alternative, nonviolent ways to prevent and respond to violence.

Our name—Texas After Violence Project—looks to our state’s past while simultaneously imagining a less violent, more just future. The American South consistently produces the highest annual murder rates while also regionally leading the nation in executions. Texas, a Southern and Western state, has a markedly violent past reflected in the expulsion of Native Americans, slavery, and public lynchings of African Americans and Mexicans. Today, in addition to having one of the largest prison systems in the country, Texas always leads the nation—and often places in the range of the top ten nations of the world—in annual executions.

Our work centers on our belief that multiple forms of violence—including violent crime, mass incarceration, and the death penalty—must be addressed as a serious public health issue. The global community has recognized that violence is a major public health problem for which there are actionable solutions. From this perspective, TAVP works to document the ways Texas’ past and current retributive responses to violence traumatize individuals and communities, likely contributing to the reenactment of violence through “trauma organized” systems occurring on individual, family, generational, and societal levels.

TAVP has been incredibly productive in documenting the impacts of murder and executions on families, prosecutors, defense attorneys, jurors, law enforcement and corrections officers, media witnesses, clergy, and others. While our core research focus is better understanding the effects of murder and capital punishment on individuals, families, and communities, we continue to be interested in other forms of interpersonal and state violence. In the past, the project has worked to document the impacts of violence against undocumented immigrants and transgender people in criminal justice systems across the state, and we’re currently working on a collaborative project with the Texas Justice Initiative (TJI) to document the stories and experiences of the loved ones of victims of police shootings, as well as individuals that died in jail and prison custody.

In addition to our documentation projects, TAVP collaborates with researchers, scholars, educators, and artists to integrate our archival materials into their work. This year, we’re collaborating with a researcher studying the relationship between state executions and intergenerational trauma in African American families, as well a researcher studying the history of clemency petitions for Mexican nationals on Texas’ death row. We’re also working with our artist-in-residence on new educational exhibits that draw on TAVP’s archival materials and other archival collections.

 

  1. How do you see TAVP material as contributing to our understanding of human rights issues in the United States and Texas?

We describe our work as a human rights project to bring attention to human rights violations occurring every day in criminal justice systems across Texas and the U.S. In doing so, we hope to challenge exceptionalist notions that serious human rights abuses occur only outside of the borders of the United States. This is one reason it is vital that TAVP’s collection is housed at the Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI), alongside the collections of the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive, the Genocide Archive of Rwanda, and WITNESS.

Fortunately, there are many organizations, activists, advocates, and investigative journalists working hard to both bring attention to and abolish human rights abuses in domestic criminal justice systems. This work is critical not only to achieve just and sensible reforms, but to fundamentally transform systems of justice in ways that honor the human rights of every person impacted by violence. TAVP was founded on the principles of human rights, human dignity, and human needs. In documenting the stories and experiences of people directly impacted by interpersonal and state violence, we seek to understand how our systems of justice succeed or fail to meet basic human needs and honor human dignity. Using oral history as our primary method of interviewing allows us to both document ‘what happened’ and seek deeper understandings of how people grieve, heal, and make meaning out of their experiences in the aftermath of violent and traumatic events. Our work is very much inspired by other projects engaged in social justice, anti-oppression, Feminist, and queer oral history documentation.

 

  1. Do you have any recommendations for researchers unfamiliar with using oral histories as source material?

There’s an ongoing academic debate about the “objective” value of oral history. Where some view its reliance on subjectivity and memory as disqualifying to be a “legitimate” form of historical or social science research, others find unique meaning in how people remember and retell the stories of their lives; in their utterances, expressions, silences. As such, researchers using oral histories as source material should take a more holistic, intersubjective approach in their analysis and interpretation, beyond academic obsessions objective scientific research. Here, we follow the lead of the Italian scholar Alessandro Portelli who, in critiquing academia’s preoccupation with the text, argues that valuing transcripts over audio/visual representations “is equivalent to doing art criticism on reproductions, or literary criticism on translations.”

 

  1. Could you share what the impact to TAVP has been in partnering with LLILAS Benson?

Since 2009, TAVP has had a partnership with the Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI) to archive our video interviews and other research materials. Both TAVP and the HRDI seek to preserve these historical records for open access by human rights activists, scholars, academics, policymakers, artists, educators, healthcare workers, and people concerned with violence worldwide. From our perspective, it has been a mutually beneficial and successful university-community collaboration. We’re very thankful to T-Kay Sangwand, Theresa Polk, David Bliss, and Haian Abdirahman for all of their work on our partnership. Its impact to TAVP has been significant since, as a small nonprofit project, we do not have the resources or organizational infrastructure to responsibly and ethically archive our materials in ways that ensure their security, longevity, and accessibility.

 

  1. Do you have any final thoughts you would like share on archives, oral histories, and human rights?

Mary Marshall Clark, director of the Columbia Center for Oral History Research, has said that oral history supports human rights documentation because it “can make possible an act of witness that, when properly archived and disseminated, can create new dialogues that arise from and represent the experience of those who have experienced atrocity directly” at a time “when we are immediately and consistently overwhelmed by the proof of atrocity, catastrophe, and suffering to such an extent that our ability to truly know and to identify with the one that is suffering, and then to take ethical action, is threatened.” Our work at TAVP has taught us that oral histories with people directly affected by violence in Texas and the United States share this emotional and intersubjective power.

As such, our approach to human rights documentation is primarily to re-center the human, her life, her experiences, and her stories at a time when we are constantly inundated by information and images of extreme violence. TAVP’s inaugural director, Virginia Raymond, has written “our work takes place at a delicate, fraught juncture of scholarship and intimate, even sacred, witnessing. At one level, we simply listen compassionately; on the other hand we document tragedies, human rights violations, and their effects. It’s complicated, impossible, and critical.”

Finally, here are some works that inspire our approach to archives, oral history, and human rights:

 

** Drafted by Haian Abdirahman, Mosaic Fellow, Human Rights Documentation Initiative.

Upcoming events on Digital Scholarship and Human Rights in the Americas

Join HRDI staff to kick-off LLILAS Benson’s “Digital Scholarship in the Americas” series with two events led by guest speaker Professor Angelina Snodgrass Godoy, University of Washington. Professor Godoy will first offer a workshop “Addressing Human Rights Digitally—Ethical Dilemmas and Possibilities,” looking at the promises and pitfalls of sharing sensitive human rights records through digital platforms. This workshop will be held from 1:00PM – 2:00PM on Monday, September 26, 2016 in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of the Benson Latin American Collection, SRH Unit 1.

Professor Godoy will additionally present “Digital Archaeology: Tools for Truth and Justice in the Wake of El Salvador’s Amnesty Law,” to discuss the amnesty law in El Salvador and examine the possible role of digital archaeology in the pursuit of truth and justice there. This talk will begin at 4:00PM on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 in September 26, 2016 in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of the Benson Latin American Collection, SRH Unit 1.

Both events with Professor Godoy are free and open to the public. For information on the workshop and presentation, contact Albert Palacios and Paloma Diaz, respectively.

 

Background:

Professor Godoy serves as Helen H. Jackson Endowed Chair in Human Rights and founding Director of the Center for Human Rights. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she worked at Amnesty International, and she credits her experiences among human rights activists—at Amnesty as well as many other organizations—as the principal inspiration behind her work.  She is the author of two books published by Stanford University Press. The first, Popular Injustice: Violence, Community, and Law in Latin America (2006), examines the phenomena of vigilante justice in the wake of contemporary crime waves, especially in Guatemala. More recently, she authored Of Medicines and Markets: Intellectual Property and Human Rights in the Free Trade Era (2013), a comparative study of the politics around health and trade in Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala. She has also written numerous articles on these and other topics for both scholarly and general audiences.

Co-sponsored by LLILAS Benson, the Latin America Initiative, and the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice of the School of Law.

 

Written by Haian Abdirahman, Mosaic Fellow, Human Rights Documentation Initiative.

Giveaway: Tickets to “The Look of Silence” at Alamo Drafthouse, August 14-20

Be one of the first five people to correctly answer the Human Rights Documentation Initiative trivia question to win 2 tickets for a screening of The Look of Silence between August 14-20 at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. Winners will be notified by email and tickets will be held at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar box office.

About the film:
“The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to the Oscar®-nominated The Act Of Killing. Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: he confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility for their actions. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence.”

Trivia question:  What is one collection in the Human Rights Documentation Initiative archive that deals with the issue of genocide? Hint: Browse collections at http://lib.utexas.edu/hrdi/ut_collections.

Enter the giveaway here.

 

Giveaway: Tickets to “The Act of Killing” at Alamo Drafthouse, August 9-15

The Human Rights Documentation Initiative and Alamo Drafthouse Films are giving away one pair of tickets to a screening of The Act of Killing playing at the Alamo Drafthouse from August 9-15.

The Act of Killing, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and executive produced by Errol Morris (The Fog of War) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Bear), documents how death squad leaders in Indonesia are celebrated as heroes and challenges them to “reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.”

For a chance to win tickets, answer the Human Rights Documentation Initiative trivia question by 11:59 pm on Thursday, August 8.

Tejiendo la Memoria: Weaving Memory in El Salvador through Archival Collections

As part of an ongoing partnership with El Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (the Museum of the Word and Image) in San Salvador, El Salvador, the HRDI is pleased to announce the launch of the Tejiendo La Memoria weekly radio program online archive, featuring digital audio files available for streaming of all 28 programs produced by El Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen and the Association of Participatory Radio Programs of El Salvador (ARPAS).
Each short program highlights different aspects of the diverse archival and audiovisual collections housed at El Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (MUPI) and are centered on important events and figures in El Salvador’s history.  Some of the topics covered in the program include:


–    The archive and legacy of Salazar Arrué (Salarrué):  Salarrué, well known for his book of children’s tales Cuentos de Cipotes, was a prolific writer and painter, producing some of the earliest abstract paintings of the 20th century.  MUPI possesses the personal archive of Salarrué, in addition to voice recordings of Salarrué and recorded interviews with his family members.  In “Tejiendo la Memoria 01: Biografia de Salarrué,”  MUPI introduces listeners to the life and legacy of Salarrué.  “Tejiendo la Memoria 02: Cuentos de Cipotes,” focuses upon one of Salarrué’s most well-known works, including a short reading of one of his stories.  “Tejiendo la Memoria 10: Salarrué y sus Nietas,”  contains audio clips of interviews with Salarrué’s granddaughters and a reading of one of Salarrué’s Cuentos de Cipotes.

–    Personal testimonies of the Salvadoran Civil War:  Chiyo, a 10 year old boy whose family was murdered at the hands of the oppressive Salvadoran political regime, recounts his experiences travelling as a child with the Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional, his personal journey since the war ended in 1991, and shares his passion for music in “Tejiendo la Memoria 11: Chiyo, un niño de la Guerra.”  Rufina Amaya, the sole survivor of the two day Massacre at El Mozote, offered her testimony of events to Radio Venceremos, the underground radio station for the FLMN, now part of MUPI’s collections.  “Tejiendo la Memoria 06: Rufina Amaya, la verdad sobre El Mozote” provides excerpts from Amaya’s testimony.

–    The life and living memory of Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero, a Catholic Bishop who was assassinated by a death squad lead by Major Robert D’aubuisson.  Monseñor Romero, who openly challenged the repressive state regime in El Salvador, and called for an end to the military’s blatant violation of human rights, was a humanitarian and well-known for his weekly radio sermons. “Tejiendo la Memoria 14: Monseñor Romero, la voz por los sin voz” shares clips of Monseñor Romero’s weekly radio sermons, and presents a biography and homage to the ongoing legacy of Romero.  “Tejiendo la Memoria 15: Monseñor Romero Vive!” uses witness testimony and interviews to describe the events of Monseñor Romero’s assassination, his funeral, and the search for justice.  Monseñor Romero’s close personal friend, Mrs. Santos Delmi Campos, discusses the days preceding Monseñor Romero’s assassination in “Tejiendo la Memoria 27: Monseñor Romero y la Amistad” as well as the personal photo collection he left in her care, which she has donated to MUPI in order to share the legacy of Monseñor Romero with the community.

Each of these collections are part of MUPI’s campaign “Contra el Caos de la Desmemoria” (“Against the Chaos of Forgetting,”) an endeavor to preserve and promote significant materials from El Salvador’s history and to maintain them as part of the social consciousness of the Salvadoran community.
The Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen is a citizen-founded non-profit organization dedicated to the investigation, preservation and exhibition of materials related to the culture, history and identity of El Salvador.  Initially started in 1992 by Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, “Santiago” in order to preserve materials produced during the decade long Salvadoran Civil war, such as underground radio programs (Radio Venceremos and Radio Farabundo Martí), personal diaries, photographs, and documentary materials.  In 2009, MUPI created and launched the weekly radio program “Tejiendo la Memoria” (Weaving Memory) to offer insight into the diverse collections available at el Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen.

To view the entire collection of Tejiendo la Memoria weekly radio programs, click here.

To visit the website for the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen and learn more about their archival collections, audiovisual materials, and exhibitions, click here.

SAA Human Rights Archives Roundtable Interviews T-Kay Sangwand

The Society of American Archivists Human Rights Archives’ Roundtable has started a new interview series called “Five Questions for…”  This week, HRDI Archivist T-Kay Sangwand was featured as part of the series – see her interview with the roundtable here.

Also be sure to check out the series’ inaugural post, featuring an  interview with Verne Harris, Head of Memory Programming at the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Centre of Memory, which is the first interview in the Five Questions series.

Rethinking Power and Resistance Conference Online Archive Launch

The Human Rights Documentation Initiative is pleased to announce the launch of the online video archive from Rethinking Power & Resistance: Gender and Human Rights from Texas to the Transnational Americas,  an interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Women and Gender Studies, as part of the Embrey Women’s Human Rights Initiative.

Rethinking Power and Resistance brought activists, organizers and scholars together to discuss issues relevant to activism and community organizing, such as; Arts as Advocacy, Pedagogies of Alliance and Resisting Criminalization.  The video archive, produced with the assistance of videographer Andrea Zarate, contains footage of several panel discussions, a radio segment aired on KOOP 91.7 fm’s progressive news program, People United, and a post-conference promotional video.  A few highlights from the collection include:

Women in Hip-Hop Roundtable, featuring artist TooFly and hip-hop artists Yoli Zapata, DJ Trinity, Invincible, and Lah Tere. The Women in Hip-Hop roundtable features activist women participating in an open discussion about how race, sexuality, and gender have intersected to impact and shape their art, in addition to personal stories of how they got involved in art and music and their current activist projects.

Making a Difference discussion with Miss Major, director of the Transgender Intersex Justice Project.  Miss Major is a powerful activist and transgender elder working for transgender and intersex visibility and rights, especially in the prison system.  Miss Major’s talk highlights the oppression faced by transgender women in the Prison System, many of whom are housed according to physical sex instead of of gender identity, which makes them vulnerable to harassment, sexual assault, and exploitation at the hands of other inmates.  Miss Major’s talk is an open, frank discussion of the issues faced by transgender and intersex people both in and outside of the prison industrial complex, espousing a need to view transgender rights as part of the global human rights framework, not as a niche or special interest group.

Rethinking Power and Resistance Promotional video, featuring interviews from conference organizers and attendees, as well as footage from Mama Said Knock You Out 2, a benefit concert for Mamas of Color Rising.   This follow-up video to the conference contains interviews with conference participants, organizers and speakers as well as impressions of the closing concert, Mama Said Knock You Out 2.

Part of the power present in this conference is the participants’ ability to continually share their work and activism through the online video archive.  To view additional videos from the conference, visit the new Rethinking Power and Resistance Conference page at the HRDI Collections website, and the Finding Aid at the Texas Archival Repository online.

To view photos from Mama Said Knock You Out 2, and read TooFly’s writing about her experience at the conference and creating live art during the concert, check out her blog post covering the event.

For those present in Austin, the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and the Human Rights Documentation Initiative will be hosting a panel discussion celebrating the launch of the new video archive: https://www.facebook.com/events/158825117618238

 

Can I Get a WITNESS?

(cross-posted from Tex Libris)

I see pictures of people, rising up
pictures of people, falling down
I see pictures of people
they’re standing on their heads, they’re ready
they’re looking out, look out!
they’re watching out, watch out!

“This is the Picture” from Peter Gabriel’s So

 

 

 

 

The Libraries efforts in the field of human rights continue to flourish.

The Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI) has announced a new partnership with human rights video advocacy organization WITNESS to preserve and provide access to raw video footage of human rights abuses and video productions collected from the organization’s partners.

WITNESS was co-founded in 1992 by musician and activist Peter Gabriel with Human Rights First and the Reebok Human Rights Foundation to provide support to grassroots advocacy through the use of video as an integrated tool in human rights campaigns.

This is the sixth partnership in which the HRDI has become involved. Other projects include work with the the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda, the Guatemalan National Police Archive, theTexas After Violence ProjectFree Burma Rangers and the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen.

As seen by the recent successes and widespread use of video by citizen journalists in the uprisings of the Arab Spring, the growth of civic media to fight injustice will continue apace.

You can see the full press release on the new collaboration here.

And here’s video of the Ted Talk where Gabriel explains the concept of WITNESS:

HRDI and WITNESS Partner to Expand Human Rights Video Archives

A human rights project established at the University of Texas Libraries has announced a collaborative effort with an international organization that focuses on video documentation of human rights violations.

The Libraries’ Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI) will expand its collection with source materials provided by human rights organization WITNESS to guarantee long-term preservation of and expanded access to raw footage and video productions created by the organization and its partners.

Now marking its 20th anniversary, WITNESS shows its commitment to supporting ongoing human rights change by seeking strategic partnerships with diverse stakeholders who can help meet the growing needs of human rights activists using video to expose injustice.

“WITNESS is thrilled to be working with the University of Texas Libraries,” says Grace Lile, WITNESS’ Director of Operations and Archives. “This partnership will help ensure the long-term preservation of unique human rights video from grassroots human rights defenders.  Equally important, it will make this primary source material much more widely accessible for study, research and reflection.”

WITNESS was co-founded in 1992 by musician and human rights advocate Peter GabrielHuman Rights First, and the Reebok Human Rights Foundation for the purpose of empowering front line human rights advocates in the use of video to document human rights abuses across the globe.   Since then, WITNESS has partnered with more than 300 human rights groups in over 80 countries, trained over 3,000 human rights defenders, developed widely-used training materials and tools, and supported the inclusion of video in more than 100 campaigns, increasing their visibility and impact.

The WITNESS Media Archive was founded in 2004 and is today the repository for over 5000 hours of video from over 80 countries.  The archive has been a leader in developing practices and models for the archiving of video documentation in a human rights context, and in recognizing the importance of archives to the promotion and defense of human rights.

“The HRDI holds a deep respect for WITNESS’ work around human rights video agency, advocacy and archiving, so it’s truly an honor to play a pivotal role in the preservation of and access to the powerful human rights narratives that WITNESS and its partners have brought to the fore of public awareness over the past twenty years,” says HRDI archivist T-Kay Sangwand. “The collections that we have received so far complement the HRDI’s existing holdings, particularly on armed conflict and genocide in Central America and Africa.“

The collaboration with WITNESS is the sixth such by the HRDI since its launch in 2008. Previous work includes the project’s founding partnership with the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda to archive and provide access to documents of the 1994 genocide in that country, as well as a recently publicized project to undertake similar work for the Guatemalan National Police Archive, a cache of records including documentation of torture, disappearances and other human rights abuses from the period of authoritarian rule in that country. The HRDI also collaborates with the Texas After Violence ProjectFree Burma Rangers and the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen.

“As a large research library with a robust digital preservation infrastructure, the University of Texas Libraries is well equipped to ensure the long-term preservation of and access to WITNESS’s rich material,” continues Sangwand. “This not only helps fulfill the university’s mission to provide the resources our faculty and students need for teaching and scholarship, but also enables the public, particularly the communities documented in the archive, to easily access the materials.”

Examples of materials from the WITNESS archive:

For further information, or to learn more about accessing the collections, please contact either T-Kay Sangwand from HRDI at sangwand@austin.utexas.edu or Yvonne Ng from WITNESS at 718.783.2000,yvonne@witness.org.

About the Human Rights Documentation Archive

The University of Texas Libraries established the Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI) at the University of Texas at Austin with a generous grant from the Bridgeway Foundation in 2008. Working with activists, scholars, and organizations to identify electronic and analog resources that are particularly vulnerable to loss, the HRDI aims to preserve the most fragile records of human rights struggles worldwide, promote the security and use of human rights archival materials and further human rights research and advocacy around the world. lib.utexas.edu/hrdi

About WITNESS

WITNESS is the global pioneer in the use of video to expose human rights abuses. We empower people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change. Founded in 1992, WITNESS has partnered with more than 300 human rights groups in over 80 countries, trained over 3,000 human rights defenders, developed widely-used training materials and tools, and supported the inclusion of video in more than 100 campaigns, increasing their visibility and impact. Videos made by WITNESS and our partners have told dozens of critical human rights stories, and have galvanized grassroots communities, judges, activists, media and decision-makers at local, national and international levels to action. www.witness.org

Source: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/about/news/libraries-and-witness-partner-expand-human-rights-video-archives