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Science and Human Rights Coalition Meeting: January 31 - February 1, 2013

This meeting of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition focused on the intersections between children’s rights, science and technology. Participants learned about the rights of children set out in international declarations and treaties, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and how this approach differs from others with which scientists, engineers and health professionals who study or work with children may be more familiar. Panels and workshops explored cutting edge issues including: new opportunities and challenges for research on children’s rights; urgent children’s rights issues in the United States on which science and technology could have an impact; the positive and negative effects of the Internet for protecting children’s rights; and the implications of children’s rights for research ethics and professional responsibility.

Listen to the Coalition meeting opening introduction.

Morning Plenary Session: Introduction to Children’s Rights [listen]

Moderator: Martha Zaslow,Society for Research on Child Development [listen]


  • Jo Becker, Human Rights Watch [view ] [listen]
  • Theresa Betancourt, Research Program on Children and Global Adversity, Harvard School of Public Health [listen]

Workshop: Introduction to Science, Technology and Human Rights

Presenter: Jessica Wyndham, AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program [view] [listen]

Workshop: Children’s Rights in the United States [listen]


  • Jonathan Todres, Georgia State University College of Law
  • Brian Gran, Case Western Reserve University
  • Robin Kimbrough-Melton, American Orthopsychiatric Association

Evening Plenary: Children’s Rights in Scientific Research [listen]

Moderator: Jerry A. Menikoff, Office for Human Research Protections, Department of Health and Human Services


  • Michael D. A. Freeman, Faculty of Laws,University College London
  • Eric Kodish, Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care, Cleveland Clinic
  • Gary Melton, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Maya Sabatello, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University [view]

Workshop: Human Rights Committees and Affinity Groups in Your Society

Moderator: Theresa Harris, AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program


  • Bradley Miller, American Chemical Society [view]
  • Margaret W. Vitullo, American Sociological Association

Workshop: Children’s Rights Online [listen]

Moderator: Liepa Gust, American Orthopsychiatric Association [view]


  • Emma Llansó, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Mark Latonero, Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, University of Southern California

Closing Plenary: Researching Children’s Rights: Innovations, Opportunities and Responsibilities [presentations] [discussion]

Moderator: Lauren Fasig, American Psychological Association


  • Thomas Parsons, International Commission on Missing Persons
  • Yvonne Rafferty, Pace University
  • Ian M. Kysel, American Civil Liberties Union [view]


AAAS would like to thank the sponsors of the January 2013 Coalition meeting for their generous support.

  • American Educational Resource Association
  • American Physical Society
  • American Sociological Association
  • American Statistical Association
  • Association of American Geographers
  • National Center for Science and Civic Engagement

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