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November 15, 2019

Fr. Kitima Comments on Human Rights in Tanzania

Students in the Masters of Arts in Human Rights program had the opportunity to meet with Fr. Charles Kitima about the geopolitical situation in Tanzania, particularly the protection of human rights and the role of religious populations within the country's history.
November 8, 2019

Master’s Student Reflects on Work With the National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Having aided in the campaign to block pornography on The Catholic University of America’s campus network, I was surprised to find a non-profit dedicated to exactly that. The work NOSCE does is a benefit for all of society and its staff should receive much praise for their accomplishments. They have successfully gotten billion-dollar companies to remove pornographic content from their platforms...
November 7, 2019

Student Helps Teach English To Human Rights Hero Chen Guangcheng

While pursuing her M.A. in Human Rights, Abigail Wilkinson has had an extraordinary opportunity: to gain wisdom from human rights activist Chen Guangcheng. She is helping him improve his English language skills, which will, in turn, enable him to more effectively share his experiences in China. In the following blog, she writes about this enriching experience.
October 31, 2019

MA in Human Rights students meet with law professor Lucia Silecchia

Lucia Silecchia discussed with Catholic University’s new MA in Human Rights students on the topics of environmental law and ethics. She shared with them her interest in environmental law and duty to preserve God’s creation.
October 24, 2019

Abortion Comes To The Supreme Court: High Court Will Review Case on Louisiana Law

William Saunders, J.D., Director of the Program in Human Rights, comments on the Supreme Court's October 4 decision to review a Louisiana abortion case. "Two and a half years ago, the court decided Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. In that decision, the high court struck down a Texas law that, among other things, required abortionists to have admitting privileges in a local hospital. The two cases seem more or less identical. What has changed? Why would the court consider the issue again?"
October 17, 2019

Program Director William Saunders Addresses Human Rights in China with Chen Guangcheng

Last month, the IHE held its second Annual Lecture on Human Rights, "Thirty Years after Tiananmen Square: Human Rights in China Today." William Saunders, J. D., Director of the Program in Human Rights, hosted speaker Chen Guangcheng, the blind human rights activist and Chinese dissident known internationally as "the barefoot lawyer."
October 15, 2019

Anything that threatens Communism is a target, Chinese human rights advocate says

Chen Guangcheng, Fellow and Chinese human rights activist, has called for a renewed focus on the country’s practices of mass detention, religious oppression, and reports of organ harvesting.  
September 17, 2019

New graduate program in Human Rights delves into Catholic thought and perspective on human rights

Mississippi Catholic recently posted an article by CNS about the MA in Human Rights Program at Catholic University. Quoted are both Program Director William Saunders, J.D. and Assoc. Professor Bradley Lewis.
May 23, 2019

Honoring the Patron Saint of the MA in Human Rights Program Saint Josephine Bakhita

Watch William Saunders, JD, on EWTN News Nightly on the occasion of the anniversary of the beatification of Saint Bakhita, patroness of the MA in Human Rights at The Catholic University of America.
May 10, 2019

Program Director William Saunders greets the Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., Most Rev. Christophe Pierre

The meeting between the two took place on March 13, 2019 at the Vatican Embassy in DC. Graduates from our M.A. in Human Rights will help bring the Catholic perspective to bear in the international arena.

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The Catholic University of America

620 Michigan Avenue NE
339 Caldwell Hall
Washington, DC 20064