The Promise Institute for Human Rights is the innovative center for human rights education, research and impact at UCLA School of Law. Leveraging the creativity and dynamism of Los Angeles, we seek to reimagine the potential of human rights to address some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Our Strategic Goals

  • Empower the Next Generation of Human Rights Lawyers and Leaders
  • Generate New Thinking on Human Rights
  • Engage Our Students and Our Research to Drive Positive Real World Impact

Our Origin Story

Core Team

Stephen Gardbaum

Faculty Director
Stephen Yeazell Endowed Chair in Law

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Kate Mackintosh

Executive Director

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Catherine Sweetser

Deputy Director
Director, Human Rights Litigation Clinic

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Jess Peake

Assistant Director
Director, International and Comparative Law Program

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Joseph Berra

Director, Human Rights in the Americas Project

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S. Priya Morley

Racial Justice Policy Counsel;
Director, International Human Rights Clinic

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Tessa Baizer

Human Rights Litigation Clinic Fellow

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Sherry Yuan

Project Manager, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Conference

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Gabriela Pedroza

Program Coordinator

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Natalie Monsanto

Communications and Development Director

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