The Human Rights Research and Education Centre organizes many initiatives seeking to raise awareness about current human rights issues in Canada and abroad. Some activities include:

Voices in Exile was created by Associate Professor Nadia Abu-Zahra, Joint Chair in Women's Studies - University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and Neuberger-Jesin Professor John Packer, HRREC Director. It supports activists in exile who are trying to make the home they left a better place. Those voices are important for the perspectives they offer and for the ideas they generate. Voices in Exile will provide platforms for those who would otherwise not be heard, in situations of violent conflict.