2021 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature

The 2021 Malka Penn Award goes to Kim Johnson for This is My America  Debut novel from author Kim Johnson offers young readers a critical look at justice in America “Kim Johnson has delivered a gripping story that tackles the human rights issues of historical racism, corruption, police brutality, and incarceration at a critical moment […]

One State, One Film: Mental Health and Mindfulness

One State, One Film: Mental Health, Mindfulness, and Healing: Strategies for Surviving Incarceration and Racial Trauma  Tuesday, May 18, 2021 7:00pm REGISTER HERE WATCH  Path of Freedom JOIN THE VIRTUAL DISCUSSION Join members of the Connecticut Collaborative on Poverty, Criminal Justice & Race, along with leading advocates in the fight for criminal justice reform in our […]

UConn Wins Global Recognition for Ethical Supply Chain Efforts

By Stephanie Reitz  ‘UConn has established itself as one of the premier institutions in the country in the area of human rights and ethical sourcing’ UConn is receiving global attention for its commitment to ethical supply chain management, licensing, and branding as the winner of the 2021 International Collegiate Licensing Association Service Award. In addition […]

This Day in Nuremberg: 5/4 Walter Funk on the Stand: Minister of Economics by Sara Harvel

US Prosecutor Thomas Dodd cross examined Walter Funk, the Minister of Economics, also known as the “Banker of Gold Teeth” for his role in managing Nazi plunder.  In  Letters from Nuremberg, Christopher Dodd recounts an exchange during interrogations between Thomas Dodd and Funk. “Dodd: When did you start doing business with the SS, Mr. Funk? […]

Resistance, Rule of Law, and Individual Responsibility: Medieval England, Modern Hong Kong, Nazi German, and the Civil Rights Movement by Sara Harvel

In Hong Kong, prominent lawyer Margaret Ng, sentenced for leading and participating in a peaceful protest, addressed the judge in her plea: “Your honour, I came late to the law. I have grown old in the service of the rule of law. I understand Sir Thomas More is the patron saint of the legal profession. […]

4/7 International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda by Sara Harvel

4/7  We Remember the Rwanda Genocide – International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda Today, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres encouraged the global community to remember and reflect on the Rwanda Genocide in order to take informed and purposeful steps towards transformation and increased human rights.  “We saw what […]

Darkness and Light by Sara Harvel

As a research assistant with Dodd Impact, I explore archives and evaluate primary sources about Nazis and crimes against humanity. There’s a part of this historical work that is invigorating, I feel like a detective. But the subject matter takes an emotional toll; it’s dark material. When I think of Nazis, I traditionally think of […]

This Day in Nuremberg: 4/11 Kaltenbrunner Takes the Stand by Sara Harvel

On April 11, 1946, SS Lieutenant General Ernst Kaltenbrunner took the stand. At 6’4’’ with tremendous scars across his face, he stood imposing and ominous.  Thomas Dodd writes: “He is a crummy-looking creature, really an evil-looking man. He was Himmler’s chief assistant and he participated in all the horrible crimes that were committed-we have witnesses […]

One State, One Film: Prison Reform

One State, One Film: Prison Reform Tuesday, April 20, 2021 12:00pm – 2:00pm REGISTER HERE WATCH  Breaking the Cycle JOIN THE VIRTUAL DISCUSSION Join members of the Connecticut Collaborative on Poverty, Criminal Justice & Race, along with leading advocates in the fight for criminal justice reform in our State, to explore ways each one of […]