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We are statisticians for human rights
When we partner with human rights defenders, from truth commissions to UN missions to local activists, we help them understand how data science can be used to answer questions about human rights violations. Three directives guide our work:  

Apply science to create new knowledge

Through our publications, statistical analyses, and expert testimony in war crimes trials, we help to establish a rigorously and accurate historical record of human rights abuses.   

Conduct basic research and development

We invent and extend scientific methods so that we can better understand patterns of mass violence, relying on our core concepts to guide us.  

Educate and train the next generation

We help those working in the human rights community to better understand the role and power of statistical data and reasoning. We do this by: training HRDAG interns and fellows in our methods; working closely with partners to teach them data science principles and methods; and through speaking engagements and training sessions for potential partners.   

Inaccurate statistics can damage the credibility of human rights claims—that’s why statistics about human rights violations must be as scientifically accurate as possible.

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Working with Partners

When we partner with an organization, we commit ourselves to providing radical service—that is, we spend countless hours with our partners so we can gain a deep understanding of how we can help them answer their human rights questions. Here are some of our past and current partners:

HRDAG team members present talks around the world to communities who want to better understand the power of data analysis to defend human rights.

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Who we are


Megan Price, PhD

Executive Director
Designs strategies and methods for statistical analysis of human rights data for projects in a variety of locations including Guatemala, Colombia, and Syria.

Patrick Ball, PhD

Director of Research
More than thirty years of quantitative analysis for truth commissions, non-governmental organizations, international criminal tribunals, and United Nations missions.

Tarak Shah

Data Scientist
As HRDAG's data scientist, Tarak cleans, processes and builds models from data in order to understand evidence of human rights abuses.

Suzanne Nathans

Operations Coordinator
More than 25 years of experience in non-profit administration. The operations hub for HRDAG, supporting Megan and the rest of the team from the San Francisco office.

Michelle Dukich

Data Processing & Record Linkage
Michelle is HRDAG's record linkage expert responsible for data cleaning, canonicalization, and matching.

Bailey Passmore

Data Scientist
Bailey began as a data scientist with HRDAG in 2022.

Our work has been used by truth commissions, international criminal tribunals, and non-governmental human rights organizations. We have worked with partners on projects on five continents.