Human Rights Investigations Lab

Human Rights Investigations Lab

How one law student uses social media to solve war crimes


Building on longstanding work in the field, the Human Rights Center launched a Technology and Human Rights Program in 2015 to strengthen the use of emerging technologies in human rights investigations and prosecutions. We have since created the first university-based Human Rights Investigations Lab of its kind to conduct open source investigations for international organizations, news outlets, and courts. The lab collaborates with Amnesty International’s Digital Verification Corps and other legal, advocacy, and media partners to advance human rights documentation and strengthen the veracity of information. Students are trained to verify publicly available information on potential war crimes and hate crimes and to rapidly respond to human rights crises. The lab also works with legal partners to conduct open source investigations for legal accountability and convenes experts to establish protocols for digital evidence. 

Program Staff

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Alexa Koenig
Co-Faculty Director and Lab Co-Founder

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Sofia Kooner
Lab Coordinator

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Brian Nguyen
Research Manager

Gisela Perez de Acha Chavez

Gisela Pérez de Acha
Supervising Reporter