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Your contribution makes the Human Rights Center’s work possible. 

We rely on support from alumni and friends to carry out the Human Rights Center’s mission: to understand pressing challenges, train future lawyers to defend human rights, and improve law, policy, and practice.

Minnesota Law graduate standing in front of Mondale Hall

Law School Human Rights Center Fund

This general fund supports the ongoing work of the Human Rights Center: public trainings and events, research and outreach, student support, and our core operations. We rely on annual donations to this fund to be able to carry out our expansive mission each year.

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Professor David Weissbrodt

Weissbrodt Human Rights Fund

Prof. David S. Weissbrodt founded the Human Rights Center in 1988. Over his storied career, David has supported, trained, and inspired generations of students, faculty, and human rights defenders—in the Twin Cities and around the globe. A gift to the Weissbrodt Human Rights Fund, established in 2020, honors his tremendous impact and enables the Center to continue his legacy of Minnesota leadership in human rights.

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Four students at the United Nations

Human Rights Center Fellowship Fund

Support students with a gift to the Human Rights Center’s Summer Fellowship Program. A cornerstone of the Center’s work since 1991, your gift to this program supports competitive fellowship awards for students to take prestigious but otherwise unpaid summer placements in the field of human rights and international law, making these opportunities more accessible to all students.

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You can also mail your gift to:

University of Minnesota Foundation
PO Box 860266
Minneapolis, MN 55486-0266

Please write Human Rights Center and the fund name on the check memo line.

To learn more about how your gift can make a difference to the Human Rights Center, please contact Amanda Lyons, Human Rights Center Executive Director at