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Our Impact

The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, Home of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, grew out of a 1995 effort by a group of concerned individuals and civic/ business leaders to offset the negative image of Idaho as a place of intolerance and hatred. Over the past 25 years, the Center has become a respected nonpolitical institution whose primary mission is to promote respect for human dignity and diversity through education, and to foster individual responsibility to work for justice and peace.

To achieve this mission, we provide educational programming and content for teachers and students – both in the classroom and on-line. Also, over 10,000 people are educated through docent-led tours of the Memorial each year. Finally, we provide support for companies and municipalities looking to establish or refine their own human rights initiatives.

Moving forward, we expect to become the primary source whenever recovery from a human rights crisis can be eased by our programming. To meet this goal, we need to deliver timely, impactful content that elicits meaningful dialogue. Success will require technical and content development expertise that delivers best in class programming one-to-many as well as one-on-one. Our goal over the next three to five years is to become a leading institution for human rights education across the state of Idaho and beyond.

HUMAN DIGNITY PROJECT

“Our school has greatly benefited from the Wassmuth Center’s ‘Human Dignity Project’ training and associated posters/materials/resources. The in-service presentation is well-organized, informative, relevant, and effective; in particular, the model and progression of the “spiral of injustice“ is candid and concise. We are planning for additional staff training with a campus-wide goal of increased student awareness/involvement in promoting empathy, inclusivity, advocacy, and positive change.“

David Chehey, counselor

Impact Statistics

  • Over 120,000 visitors to the Memorial annually;
  • Over 7,500 K-12 and university undergraduate students participate on docent-led tours each year;
  • Over 1,000 sets of “Be an Upstander” and “Spiral of Injustice” posters distributed to classrooms and businesses throughout the United States;
  • Over 600 bicycles and backpacks distributed to village children in Cambodia as part of “Pedals and Packs;”
  • Over 450 annual entries in the “Human Rights Art and Poetry Contests;”
  • Over 300 Grades 7-12 participants in the “Human Rights Leadership Program;”
  • Over 200 Idaho Educators trained in the “Spiral of Injustice;”

PEDALS AND PACKS SERVICE PROJECT

“There was a debate on the plane home as to who needed the service more– us or them? And I can say that we did change the children’s lives… we gave them a tool that will ride them to success… but my mind, heart, and even spirit have been forever changed by the people, work, and actions I encountered in Cambodia. The real answer is not in ‘us or them,’ but in ‘we’. Together, Cambodians and Americans created a synergy I hope to replicate both here, and there — when I return next year to lead others along the path I was so fortunate to travel.”

Liam Marchant

IDAHO ANNE FRANK HUMAN RIGHTS MEMORIAL

“The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights not only does vital work to bring our society together, but also, its Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is the most inspiring monument to advance social justice anywhere in the United States. The Memorial is a must-see if you are anywhere near Boise, and even merits a special trip to Boise otherwise. And Boise is a wonderful city with lots to do and such spectacular people – one of America’s gems.”

Steven Goldstein