I am driven to hold governments accountable for past abuses

Societies worldwide struggle to move from histories of violence and oppression to embrace justice and democracy. Bridget Marchesi helps human rights advocates and leaders understand what steps toward justice work, so history doesn’t repeat itself.

Helping governments say they’re sorry

Bridget Marchesi
“The purpose of this project is to gather the best data that we possibly can, so that we can make the most accurate, sophisticated, insightful empirical comparisons ...” Bridget Marchesi, Research Fellow Click to tweet
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Using big data to promote justice

Bridget Marchesi helped build the world’s largest publicly available transitional justice database.

Scholars, advocates, and policy makers can access the data to learn what different societies have done to address past human rights abuses. The data can help them determine what transitional justice processes, such as prosecutions, truth commissions, and amnesties, are most effective in satisfying the rights of victims.

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Reparations in Colombia

Marchesi used the database in working with the Colombian government to evaluate its ongoing victims’ reparations program, the largest in history. It aims to restore justice to 8 million people after a 50-year civil war.

Why the University of Minnesota?

“We have some of the best faculty in the world. I’ve had incredible mentors. As a young female academic, it means a lot to see women doing the work that I want to do.”Bridget Marchesi