The Organization:

About the Capital Region Institute for Human Rights 

Founded in 2014 by Albany area teachers, and a sister program of the Academy for Human Rights in Buffalo New York, the Capital Region Institute for Human Rights provides human rights education to secondary students and teachers interested in deepening their understanding of human rights history.

Rooted in civic action and social justice, the Teen Summer Symposium on Human Rights is designed for students interested in history, social justice, and current events. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from historians, advocates, and survivors of human rights abuses.

How it works:

Each year we host a multi-day program on human rights designed for teens and educators at NYSUT headquarters in Latham. The Teen Summer Symposium on Human Rights is open to incoming ninth graders to exiting high school seniors, as well as elementary and secondary teachers, from all over the region. Students complete a short online preregistration and receive an email with additional forms to complete. There are limited need-based scholarships available.


  • Develop students’ knowledge of human rights

  • To empower students to be leaders in their communities who support human rights and genocide prevention.

  • To provide examples of past and current role models who have made a difference in their communities and the world.

Ready to see what we are all about? Watch this video to learn more about our program.

Capital Region Institute for Human Rights
P.O. Box 134

Latham, NY 12110