Protecting Human Rights Worldwide
April 12, 2016

As part of National Volunteer Week this month, we are profiling our DataCorps volunteers of projects past, present and future. These volunteers donate a whopping 5-10 hours a week over the course of several months to apply data science techniques that can help advance a social change organization's mission.

"We are really excited to work with DataKind and the expert team of volunteers assembled! This collaboration will help us look more critically at accountability and the intersection of two important United Nations mechanisms, the Universal Periodic Review and the Sustainable Development Goals. For taking the first step in an extremely challenging task, we'd like to thank you: Karry, Virginia, Ben, and Rebecca!"


The International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD) is a non-profit organization that combats structural discrimination and promotes human rights. ICAAD is working with a DataCorps team to classify records of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review database into their specific sectors by using the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals to better understand a given country's human rights performance so they may better focus their efforts to improve human rights around the world.

What inspires this team to give back?

"I love the inclusivity and creativity of doing data science in the public sector."

Rebecca Wei
Grad student in math at Northwestern. Data analytics intern with the City of Chicago. Perpetually in transition. Meet Rebecca >

"Penance for my sins." 

Karry Lu
Data scientist @ Plated. Former economist. Future winner of the Nobel Prize (for kickboxing). Meet Karry >

Virginia Hutcheon is Principal MTS at AT&T Labs and Ben Cohen is a Software Engineer at Warby Parker.

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