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The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

Partners for change at the intersection of academics and advocacy.

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The Rapoport Center serves as a focal point for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights and social justice.


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More than five years in the making, this website offers a glimpse of Sissy Farenthold’s life and career. It showcases a variety of archival materials from her papers housed at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. It also features four original short films, using the archives as well as many hours of interviews we conducted with Farenthold and some of the people with whom she worked over the years. We hope you enjoy what you find on these pages about this remarkable woman!


Immigration Clinic Wins Major Victory Related to Family Detention at US-Mexico Border
New York Times
February 20, 2015
A federal judge in Washington has ordered the Obama administration to stop its practice of detaining most women and children who were caught crossing the border illegally whether or not they had applied for asylum in the United States.

Briscoe Center Launches Interactive Memoir of Bernard Rapoport
Briscoe Center Press Release
November 21, 2014
The Briscoe Center has launched a special digital edition of Being Rapoport: Capitalist with a Conscience by former chairman of the University of Texas Board of Regents Bernard Rapoport.

Professor challenges current G-8 model to combat hunger in Africa
The Daily Texan
November 17, 2014
Raj Patel, research professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, advocated for more community-based alternatives to end hunger and malnutrition in Africa during a talk at Townes Hall on Monday.

2014-2015 Human Rights Scholars Announced
Rapoport Center Press Release
October 16, 2014
Three UT law students have been selected as Rapoport Center Human Rights Scholars.

Fall 2014 Undergraduate Interns Selected
Rapoport Center Press Release
October 16, 2014
Three UT undergraduate students will intern with the Rapoport Center during the fall semester.

Summer Heat Kills Inmates in Prisons, and That Needs to Change
University of Texas KNOW
June 26, 2014
Every summer, the TDCJ subjects its prisoners to deadly temperature and humidity levels, and violates prisoners' human and constitutional rights and their rights to health, life and dignity.

Rapoport Center Administrator Billy Chandler Wins President's Outstanding Staff Award
Rapoport Center Press Release
May 7, 2014
The Outstanding Staff Awards Program recognizes UT Austin employees who have made outstanding contributions to the continuing success of the university.

Rapoport Center Announces its Summer & Fall Fellows for 2014
Rapoport Center Press Release
May 5, 2014
Eleven UT law students have been selected as Rapoport Center Fellows for this summer and fall.

Faculty affiliate Barbara Hines awarded the 2014 Tower Award for Outstanding Service-Learning Professor
April 29, 2014

Prisoners Dying from Human Rights Abuses in Texas Prisons
April 22, 2014
The Human Rights Clinic has released a report, Deadly Heat in Texas Prisons, that claims that conditions in TDCJ prisons violate the human rights of its inmates.

Faculty affiliate Denise Gilman wins major FOIA battle related to construction of Texas-Mexico border wall
The Daily Texan
March 25, 2014
Six years after her initial request for public records regarding federally built fences along the Texas-Mexico border, UT law professor Denise Gilman has passed a significant barrier in receiving the documents.

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