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After 9-11, the U.S government embraced the use of torture, renouncing its global leadership role on this issue. Thanks in part to the work we did in partnership with military leaders and interrogation and intelligence professionals, President Obama signed an executive order banning torture. In time, the landmark Senate Intelligence Committee torture report was released, documenting a program that was far more brutal and widespread than Americans were led to believe. We're urging the Obama Administration and Congress to introduce legislation to make loophole lawyering impossible and ensure that our country never tortures again.

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.

Across the world, including in the United States, women are disproportionately poor and uneducated, and they face discrimination and gender-based violence. These problems hurt everyone because societies aren’t free unless women are. Whether we’re helping female refugees or partnering with female activists or combating gender-based persecution, we make women’s human rights a priority, and we urge the U.S. government to do the same. Photo: AP.

In this era of increased global migration, and global economic distress, those viewed as “foreign” are increasingly vulnerable to harassment and violence as they become scapegoats for societal ills. We urge the U.S. government and the U.N.H.C.R to take the lead in helping governments improve their ability to combat xenophobic hate crime.

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