The Texas After Violence Project is a human rights and restorative justice project that studies the effects of murder and the death penalty on individuals, families, and communities. Our mission is to build a digital oral history archive that serves as a resource for community dialogue and public policy to promote alternative, nonviolent ways to prevent and respond to violence.

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Featured Project

Fall Update

By Gabriel Solis

An update from our Executive Director.

Featured Publication

Death Penalty and the Victims

By the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights

The¬†Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has just published Death Penalty and the Victims, which¬†“includes perspectives from a broad range of victims. While some of them are family members of crime victims, others are victims of human rights violations in application of the death penalty, of its brutality and traumatic effects. […]

Human Rights Documentation Initiative

The Texas After Violence Project has conducted over one hundred oral history interviews with persons directly affected by murder and the death penalty: surviving family and friends of murder victims, surviving family of executed persons, capital defense trial and habeas attorneys, prosecutors, judges, jurors, wardens, guards, journalists, witnesses to executions, activists, investigators, religious workers, and scholars. Through a partnership with the University of Texas Libraries, many of these audiovisual testimonies are publicly available through the Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI), a digital archive that serves as the primary repository for our collection of oral histories and other materials. HRDI is committed to the long-term preservation of fragile and vulnerable records of human rights struggles worldwide, the promotion and secure usage of human rights archival materials, and the advancement of human rights research and advocacy around the world.