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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.

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.

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As we challenge the United States to respect its ideals, our goal is not to make a point but to make a difference—to get concrete results that have a tangible impact on people’s lives. To that end, we conduct campaigns in pursuit of specific goals. And we urge you to participate in our campaigns so that policy makers in Washington hear from citizen-champions of human rights.

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The Senate Intelligence Committee has completed a landmark 6,000-page report detailing its investigation of the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation program. It reportedly debunks the claim that torture was necessary to save American lives. But Americans can’t read the report unless the Committee votes to make it public, and the CIA is fighting to keep it secret. We’re pressing President Obama and the Senate to release the report so that an essential national reckoning can begin. Photo: AP.

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.

Trying to prevent fraud, Congress passed a law requiring refugees to apply for asylum within one year of arrival. But the government now has effective measures to target fraud, and the asylum filing deadline has hurt thousands. To help the U.S. government fulfill its commitment to refugees, we’re pressing Congress to eliminate the deadline as part of immigration reform.

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Russia’s state arms dealer—Rosoboronexport—is giving Assad the means to commit atrocities. Yet not only was the Obama administration buying helicopters from Rosoboronexport, U.S. taxpayer money was going into the Russian bank where Assad has stashed funds. The United States should be cracking down on Assad’s enablers, not enriching them. 

Thanks to our efforts, the Pentagon has finally cancelled its contract with Rosoboronexport.  Now we need to choke off the money that the Syrian regime is funneling through Russian banks. Learn about Syria's atrocity supply chain at atrocitysupplychain.org. Photo: AP.