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American popular culture reaches into living rooms and theaters across the world. We challenge the entertainment industry to recognize this power and tackle human rights issues with the accuracy and complexity they demand. We created the Sidney Lumet Award for Integrity in Entertainment to honor creators who meet this challenge. 

So-called “targeted killing” has become central to U.S. counterterrorism efforts. However, there is ample evidence that the program does not comport with respect for human rights and international law. So we’re pressing the U.S. government to make the program more transparent and to bring it onto firm legal footing. Photo: AP.

It was the U.N. that produced the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the founding document of the modern human rights movement, and despite its flaws, the U.N. still plays an essential role in establishing and enforcing in global human rights standards. We work to shape U.N. resolutions, and we urge the U.S. government to lead on human rights at the U.N. Photo: Getty Images.

We champion a free, open, and single internet, free from government interference. Particularly in repressive societies, the internet is a key tool for communication and political organization, and despite the efforts of repressive regimes to hijack it for their ends, it remains essential to human rights activists. 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.

In the post-9/11 world, the United States has placed less value on international human rights leadership, using opportunistic legal arguments to avoid its responsibility to adhere to international legal obligations. We believe that adhering to human rights standards is foundational to upholding American ideals, and aim to facilitate the use of these standards to hold the United States accountable through the court system. Using amicus briefs, legal expertise sharing, and creative coalitions, we work to counter questionable interpretations and rationalizations of U.S. legal obligations, and urge the United States to comply with internationally-accepted human rights standards.

Anti-Muslim rhetoric has entered the U.S. political and mainstream public discourse, with politicians calling for extreme, xenophobic measures such as surveillance of Muslim neighborhoods, shutting down mosques, and banning Muslims from entering the United States entirely. This fear mongering has coincided with an increase of hate crimes against Muslim Americans. It also undermines both American ideals and national security interests. America’s strength is in its diversity and its commitment to creating a just and fair society. To uphold these ideals, we must forcefully condemn Islamophobia.