Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) was established in 1996 in response to the marginal role of education and training in the human rights movement at the time. HREA was intended to be an organization dedicated solely to education about, in and for human rights.

HREA co-founders Felisa Tibbitts (left) and Cristina Sganga

HREA co-founders Felisa Tibbitts (left) and Cristina Sganga.

Co-founders of HREA are Cristina Sganga, the first Human Rights Education Coordinator at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat, and Felisa Tibbitts, then Coordinator of Human Rights Education Programmes at the Netherlands Helsinki Committee.

HREA was registered as a not-for-profit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 21 October 1996. Registration as a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA) followed in September 1999.