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Loretta Ross

Center for Human Rights Education
Atlanta GA
United States


Loretta J. Ross is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights Education (NCHRE) in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an expert on human rights, women's issues, diversity issues, hate groups and bias crimes. In the 1970s Ms. Ross was one of the first African American women to direct the first rape crisis center in the United States. From 1985 to 1989, she served as the Director of Women of Color Programs for the National Organization for Women, organizing the first national conference on Women of Color and Reproductive Rights in 1987. Prior to developing the center in 1996, she served as the national program research director for the Atlanta-based Center for Democratic Renewal (CDR) (formerly the National Anti-Klan Network) from 1990 to 1995. She is a political commentator for Pacifica News Service, and has appeared as a political commentator on Good Morning America, The Donahue Show, The Charlie Rose Show, CNN, and BET. Recent publications include "African American Women and Abortion After Roe," in Abortion Wars: A Half Century of Struggle: 1950-2000 (Beacon Press), "Bringing Human Rights Home: Human Rights Education for the 21st Century," in Social Education, 62(6), National Council for the Social Studies, and "Human Rights, Racism and Welfare Reform," in Contemporary Social Issues (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Ms. Ross is presently writing a book on reproductive rights entitled Black Abortion


The National Center for Human Rights Education (NCHRE), founded in 1996, is the first human rights education organization in the United States that focuses primarily on domestic human rights violations. NCHRE’s mission is to build a domestic human rights movement by training community leaders and student activists to apply human rights standards to issues of injustice in the United States. As an information clearinghouse and technical assistance provider, NCHRE seeks to increase human rights understanding, improve cooperation among progressive social change movements, and use human rights education as a catalyst for social transformation.


Speaker on Plenary #6: Gender and Justice in the Gene Age: Charting a path towards protection of women’s rights and responsible governance of reproductive and genetic technologies
7 May, 13:15 - 14:45