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The Human Rights Documentation Exchange (HRDE) began in 1983 as the Central America Resource Center (CARC). Responding to the flood of political refugees fleeing wars in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador, a group of academics at the University of Texas - Austin began to compile information on the current events. Soon, immigration attorneys from all over the country began calling for this documentation to use in their political asylum cases. CARC became a nationally known and respected source of documentation for Central America cases. Reacting to the lack of information about current events in the area, Central America NewsPak started during this time as a compilation of newspaper articles from all over the U.S. and Central America. Libraries, Immigration and Naturalization Service Asylum Offices, academics, students, and other individuals make up our subscriber base.
In 1992, after the wars ended, CARC expanded to collect documents for asylum cases worldwide. It was at that time that we changed the name to the Human Rights Documentation Exchange and also started Mexico NewsPak. NAFTA made Mexico a hot topic and information on the changes and conditions south of our border was in demand. Today, HRDE not only continues the NewsPaks and provides documentation for asylum cases worldwide, but also documents NACARA, VAWA, Convention Against Torture, withholding, and other immigration cases. For more detailed information on either service please go to Documentation Services or NewsPaks pages on this site.
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Human Rights Documentation Exchange
The Human Rights Documentation Exchange is a non-profit organization with 501 ( c ) 3 status from the IRS.
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