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HREA launches annual Advocacy Institute

Four-day advanced training program for human rights workers starts today

For immediate release
6 August 2013

Cambridge - Humanitarian workers working in the aftermath of conflict and natural disaster from South Sudan to Liberia to Haiti, researchers and educators, and advocates for women and children’s human rights are among the participants of HREA's annual Advocacy Institute, which started today. Participants represent 11 countries across four continents.

"The Institute is designed to better equip human rights defenders from around the globe", explains HREA's Director Frank Elbers. "They will return home with the tools to help change the often-troubled situations they face". The Institute consists of a series of four days of intensive workshops on advocacy planning and implementation for human rights work. In the afternoons and evenings, attendees will have the opportunity to network with colleagues, meet with advocacy and program staff of local non-profit organisations and universities, and present on their own work.

"This group promises to be one of rich diversity", adds Valerie Miller, who will serve as the Institute's lead trainer. "This training will provide a balance between the different perspectives they bring and find ways to tap all participants' unique experience and knowledge".

For more information about the Institute, please visit www.hrea.org/advocacy-institute. Be sure to like HREA on Facebook and follow HREA on Twitter to receive live updates throughout the Institute.


HREA is one of the leading organisations worldwide dedicated to education and training in and for human rights. Each year HREA trains thousands of development and humanitarian workers, educators, human rights defenders, staff of (inter)governmental agencies, law enforcement, legal and media professionals around the world.

For further information, please contact:  
Nate Weisenberg, Training Coordinator
Tel: +1 617 301-4323

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