The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

Partners for change at the intersection of academics and advocacy.

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The Rapoport Center serves as a focal point for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights and social justice.


More than five years in the making, this website offers a glimpse of Sissy Farenthold’s life and career. It showcases a variety of archival materials from her papers housed at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. It also features four original short films, using the archives as well as many hours of interviews we conducted with Farenthold and some of the people with whom she worked over the years. We hope you enjoy what you find about this remarkable woman!


Rapoport Center Announces its Summer & Fall Fellows for 2015
Rapoport Center Press Release
May 24, 2015
Nine UT Law students have been selected as Rapoport Center Fellows for this summer and fall.

“A Noble Citizen” Examines the Life and Work of Frances “Sissy” Farenthold
UT Law Press Release
April 21, 2015
This is truly a not-to-be-missed event: one of the law school’s vital and valued centers taking a serious look at one of our most distinguished and cherished alumnae.

Immigration Clinic Wins Major Victory Related to Family Detention at US-Mexico Border
New York Times
February 20, 2015
A federal judge in Washington has ordered the Obama administration to stop its practice of detaining most women and children who were caught crossing the border illegally whether or not they had applied for asylum in the United States.

Briscoe Center Launches Interactive Memoir of Bernard Rapoport
Briscoe Center Press Release
November 21, 2014
The Briscoe Center has launched a special digital edition of Being Rapoport: Capitalist with a Conscience by former chairman of the University of Texas Board of Regents Bernard Rapoport.

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