Sexual Violence Program


Kim Thuy Seelinger with colleagues at Thomas Kwyolo trial.


The Human Rights Center launched the Sexual Violence Program in 2010 to improve accountability for, and protection from, sexual and gender-based violence in areas affected by armed conflict and other humanitarian emergencies.

Our research identifies priority challenges and local innovations, which policymakers and practitioners alike use to improve decision-making, law reform, and resource allocation.

The program is currently involved in the following activities:

  • Improving Accountability — We provide research on legal accountability for sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings and technical assistance to national courts and human rights defenders
  • Strengthening Protection — We study protection needs and options for refugees and other forcibly displaced people who are fleeing sexual violence in humanitarian zones.
  • Teaching and Convening — We teach and mentor students and convene key actors to cross-pollinate knowledge and promising practices related to sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict contexts.


We have published many studies, working papers, and more on issues of sexual violence throughout the globe. All of our publications can be found here.

Safe Haven Cover

Safe Haven

Sexual Offenses Act Cover

Sexual Offenses Act

The Long Road cover

The Long Road

The Silence I Carry

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Seed money for the program was provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. It has flourished with additional funds from the MacArthur Foundation, Open Society FoundationsHumanity United, and other project-specific support.