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Helen Jackson Chair in Human Rights

A Fitting Tribute to a Champion of Human Rights

While Senator Jackson championed the historic Jackson-Vanik Amendment to ensure free emigration from the Soviet Union, Helen Jackson helped form and co-chaired the Congressional Wives for Soviet Jewry in the 1970's. She came to know and to bring the plight of many Soviet citizens to the attention of millions of Americans. After Senator Jackson's death in 1983, Helen carried forward his human rights legacy.

In 2006, the Jackson Foundation's Board bestowed the Henry M. Jackson Award for Distinguished Public Service on Helen for her exemplary life in service to our community and the nation. In 2008, the Jackson Foundation's Board honored Helen by endowing the Helen H. Jackson Chair in Human Rights at the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies with a $1 million gift.

Angelina GodoyAngelina Snodgrass Godoy 
The Helen H. Jackson Chair in Human Rights is held by Professor Angelina Snodgrass Godoy. A rising star in the field of human rights, Dr. Godoy is the director of the University of Washington’s Center for Human Rights. She holds the rank of Associate Professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies as well as the Law, Societies and Justice Program. Her Research Interests include: law and society; Latin America, especially Central America; human rights and trade; health as a human right; labor rights; and environmental justice.

The Center for Human Rights is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in the education of undergraduate and graduate students in the field of human rights; promoting human rights as a core area of faculty and graduate research; and engaging productively with local, regional, national, and international organizations and policymakers to advance respect for human rights.

Support the Helen Jackson Human Rights Program Fund

It is our hope that the Foundation's major gift of $1 million to establish the Helen H. Jackson Chair in Human Rights will encourage others in the community to join us in enhancing the programs and opportunities available to students in human rights by contributing to the Helen Jackson Human Rights Programs Fund at the Jackson Foundation.

All contributions will be managed by the Jackson Foundation and given to the University for strategic programs, fellowships, conferences, lectures, and other timely initiatives undertaken by the Chair. For information on ways to give to the fund, please call the Foundation office at 206-682-8565.

Helen H. Jackson Endowed Chair in Human Rights Brochure