Annual Reports & Financials
Welcome Letter from the CEO
For those who believe that American leadership is essential in the global struggle for human rights, these are challenging times. Here at home and across Europe, narrow-minded populist movements fueled by xenophobic nationalism are on the rise. These forces threaten lives, democracy, and the international order.
Not since World War II has our vision of the world been under assault on so many fronts.
Moments of crisis like this can be daunting. But they are also clarifying. They remind us that the values of democracy and human rights cannot be taken for granted; we must be prepared to fight for them. At Human Rights First we have the privilege of coming to work every day to do just that. It’s why we exist.
We pride ourselves on our ability to work with unlikely allies to defend American ideals. And now, as the attacks on those ideals proliferate, we’re finding committed and energetic partners from every walk of life—around the country and across the political spectrum.
This report charts our accomplishments and the powerful partnerships that made them possible. Together with American veterans, we are standing up against anti-Muslim bigotry. Alongside national security experts, we’re maintaining the lifeline for refugees. Together with interfaith groups, we’re combating antisemitism. Partnering with human rights activists, we’re protecting the human rights of LGBT people everywhere. And together with American companies and federal law enforcement, we’re bankrupting the brutal business of modern slavery.
These partnerships are grounded not in identity or party, but in shared ideals. And they are producing results, even in the most challenging environment. Thank you for your partnership in this work. With pragmatism and passion we will continue to forge progress—together.
President and CEO, Human Rights First
Human Rights First is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3), international human rights organization based in New York and Washington D.C. To maintain our independence, we accept no government funding.
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