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Use your expertise to help address human rights challenges.  How you can get involved: below you will find information on how you can promote human rights, as well as resources to assist you in taking action.

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AAAS On-Call Scientists Program

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)'s On-Call Scientists Program connects scientists, engineers, and health professionals with human rights organizations in need of technical expertise. Forms of assistance include designing surveys, analyzing research findings, and answering questions about methodology. 


Engineers Without Borders USA

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) offers a variety of ways for engineers to volunteer time and skills.  Becoming a member of EWB-USA provides access to volunteering activities which range from field work in developing countries to domestic mentoring opportunities. For engineers not based in the United States, visit Engineers Without Borders International's site.  


Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an independent international humanitarian organization that delivers emergency medical aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and exclusion from healthcare in more than 60 countries around the world.



Physicians for Human Rights

The Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Asylum Network consists of health professionals throughout the U.S. who offer pro bono forensic evaluations in order to document evidence of torture and other human rights abuses for individuals fleeing persecution in their home countries. 



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Prof. Fredy Peccerelli and his colleagues use forensic anthropology, including archaeology and DNA analysis, to help locate, identify, and find justice for the victims of Guatemala's 36-year conflict. In addition to his work in Guatemala, Prof. Peccerelli has conducted exhumations of mass graves in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Watch his TED talk to hear about how Prof. Peccerelli and his team use DNA, archaeology, and storytelling to help families find the bodies of their loved ones. Read this article in The New York Times to learn about the work of his organization: the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala


Dr. Jose Torero,  Director of the Center for Disaster Resilience at the University of Maryland, uses his expertise in fire protection engineering to promote human rights by investigating high-profile fires and explosions, such as those at the Grenfell Tower in London and the Sago Mine in West Virginia. Dr. Torero has emphasized the need for human rights organizations to understand the science behind human rights investigations and the value experts can add to investigations by offering their technical analyses. Learn more about his work by reading this article in Science magazine and his profile on the CHR's website.


Dr. Ranit Mishori uses her expertise as a family physician to treat forced migrants, and to perform asylum evaluations and teach students and residents about the care of asylees and torture survivors as the faculty leader of Georgetown University’s Asylum Program. Dr. Mishori is also a longtime volunteer for Physicians for Human Rights’ asylum program and an expert consultant for PHR’s Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones. Watch this video of Dr. Mishori discussing the health needs of refugees and read her op-ed in the Washington Post on why doctors should study human rights. 



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