The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights sponsors the annual Ignacio Martín-Baró Human Rights Essay Competition to recognize excellence in writing about human rights.

The Martín Baró Endowed Program was established to honor the memory Ignacio Martín Baró, who lived a life committed to the human values of democracy, social justice and service to the poor, silenced, and dispossessed. Read more about the Ignacio Martín-Baró Program with the Center for Latin American Studies.

The Pozen Center awards three cash prizes to current University of Chicago students in the amount of $500 each for the best essays in the field of human rights. Submissions may be analytic or critical essays, empirical research papers, term papers or personal essays on any human rights issue. Essay topics are not restricted to the field of Latin American studies.

Submissions will be judged by content and clarity of writing, with one prize awarded in each of the following categories: College students, Master’s and Professional students, and Doctoral students.

Essays should be limited to 10,000 words for graduate students.

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