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The Senate intelligence committee’s report on the CIA torture program is out, and its findings are clear: torture was even more brutal and widespread than Americans were led to believe, and it made our country less safe. On June 16, 2015, the Senate made history when it passed the McCain-Feinstein Anti-Torture Amendment—a landmark amendment to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that prevents any future use of torture or cruel treatment—with a staggering 78-21 vote. Now it’s time for Congress to make sure that this Amendment reaches the President’s desk, to ensure our country never tortures again.

The continued detention of prisoners without charge at Guantanamo undermines our national security and is a recruiting bonanza for our enemies. We’ve joined forces with a group of retired generals and admirals; together we are pressing President Obama to deliver on his promise to shut down the prison. Our Blueprint on How to Close Guantanamo is a detailed roadmap for how to get there. Photo: AP.

The infamous antigay law signed by President Vladimir Putin, along with discriminatory laws at the local level, create a permissive environment for violent hate crime against sexual minorities in Russia. In advance of the Sochi Olympics, we pressed the Obama administration to do more to protect LGBT Russians from persecution; now that the Games are over, we’ll be keeping the spotlight on and working for change. Photo: AP.

150 years after the United States ratified the 13th Amendment officially abolishing slavery, human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, entrapping an estimated 21 million victims. Victims of modern-day slavery can be found in virtually every state and city in America, working in construction, manufacturing, agriculture, as domestic workers, in brothels and in many other industries. We are attacking the scourge of modern-day slavery by bringing together U.S. government and other leaders to put the criminals who profit $150 billion a year from trafficking out of business.