UC Davis Projects
UC Davis houses many research centers and projects that deal with human rights issues, from health and the environment to torture. These are among its current and recent projects relating to human rights.
The Guantánamo Testimonials Project
The Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas launched this project in 2005 to assess the affects of the U.S.-led “War on Terror” on human rights in the Americas, focusing on the detention facility of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The project maintains a comprehensive compilation of testimony of prisoner abuse at Guantánamo, much of it from the men themselves. All the testimony gathered to date can be viewed here.
The Neurobiology of Psychological Torture
A collaboration between the Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas and the Center for Mind and Brain, this project investigates psychological torture, practices that inflict pain and suffering without actual physical violence that have severe consequences for the individual subject to it. Learn more about psychological torture and the related event and publication from the center here.
Farm Worker and Agricultural Issues in the Central Valley
Through the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, UC Davis investigators from across the disciplines are engaged in a number of projects examining health and safety issues in California’s Central Valley, whose agricultural sector is vital to the state’s economy. The projects include ones examining the health of hired farm workers and environmental injustices. Detailed descriptions of the projects can be found here.
Environmental Justice Project
The UC Davis Environmental Justice Project (EJP) examines environmental issues as they pertain to race, class, and gender in California’s Central Valley. Human rights concerns such as access to clean air and water are impacted by such environmental disparities. Learn about the multiple EJP projects here.