HRDAG’s Year in Review: 2021

When I reflect on what this past year has meant for HRDAG, two things leap to mind: service and partnership.

We’ve spent an uncountable number of hours working closely with our partners, helping them understand how data science can be used to answer questions about human rights violations. Doing this work reminds me of the public health concept of accompaniment, in which solidarity and compassion are just as important as the science. When we partner with organizations, we’re doing more than providing technical expertise: we’re on their side.

Our 2021 year in review, Partnering for Justice, highlights some of our thoughts on what it means to partner for justice and gives an overview of projects with the Invisible Institute in Chicago and the truth commission in Colombia. It’s available online, or as an 8-page PDF.

As always, we’re so grateful to our funders for supporting us, and we’re incredibly proud to have become Rafto Prize laureates, which was an honor well deserved by the entire team. I hope you enjoy the review! (Reviews from 2018, 2019 and 2020 are available online, too.)

Image: David Peters, 2021.


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.