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August 23, 2016
President and Chief Executive Officer
Washington, D.C.—As President Obama prepares to travel to China next month for his final G20 summit, Human Rights First urges him to prioritize human rights and speak out against growing civil...
August 22, 2016
Senior Associate, Refugee Protection
New York City—As mothers enter the third week of a hunger strike at the Berks County family detention center, Human Rights First today released a new report examining the impact of detention on the...
August 18, 2016
Senior Director, Refugee Protection
New York City—In the wake of the announcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) that it will end its reliance on private prisons, Human Rights First today called on the...
August 18, 2016
Advocacy Counsel
Minsk, Belarus—Following a fact-finding mission to Belarus, Human Rights First today said that the nation’s LGBT movement is at a critical juncture. The trip, in which Human Rights First met...
August 15, 2016
Director, National Security Advocacy
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today praised the transfer of 15 Guantanamo detainees to the United Arab Emirates, and encourages the Obama Administration to keep up the pace of transfers if the...
August 12, 2016
Odessa, Ukraine – Human Rights First today expressed alarm that the Odessa City Council’s executive committee has succeeded in efforts to cancel the city’s annual lesbian,...
August 11, 2016
Senior Associate, Refugee Protection
New York City–Human Rights First today renewed its calls on the Obama Administration to end its policy of detaining women and children seeking U.S. protection following the announcement of...
August 10, 2016
Advocacy Counsel
Washington, D.C.— Human Rights First today applauded the overturning of Belize’s discriminatory sodomy law, a development that marks an historic victory for the human rights of the lesbian...