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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 that Americans were led to believe, and it made our country less safe. The report also shows how U.S. officials relied on crafty legal arguments to give the torture program a veneer of legitimacy. That's why we need a new law: to make loophole lawyering impossible and ensure that 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.

Human trafficking has claimed an estimated 20 million-plus victims worldwide—with more than 800,000 victims enslaved each year. And yet, despite significant anti-trafficking efforts over the past decade, the number of modern-day slaves seems only to be growing. We are attacking the scourge of modern-day slavery by providing the U.S. government and other leaders with the tools they need to disrupt the criminals, networks, mafias and gangs that make more than $150 billion a year by exploiting other human beings.