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Our Asylum Representation Program, which recruits and trains lawyers to represent refugees on a pro bono basis, is one of the largest and most successful programs of its kind in the country. Its impact could hardly be more profound: liberty instead of oppression, and sometimes life instead of death, for thousands of people. And beginning with the Refugee Act of 1980, which we helped draft, we’ve been at the forefront of all major reforms to the asylum system. Photo: AP.

From Gitmo’s inception more than a decade ago, we’ve been out front making the case that the prison is a grave threat to both human rights and U.S. national security. President Obama’s pledge to shut it down has fallen victim to obstruction in Congress and a lack of political will on his part, but we’ll keep pushing until we succeed. Photo: AP.

To provide military leaders a vehicle to advocate counterterrorism policies that respect human rights, we’ve assembled a coalition of more than 50 retired admirals and generals. Because of its pivotal role in altering the national debate over torture, President Obama invited the coalition to stand with him as he signed the executive order banning the practice. We continue to work with the coalition to champion security policies that uphold the rule of law.

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 the military coalition, President Obama signed an executive order banning torture. Yet the severe damage to the country’s rule of law and global standing remains. We’re pushing for release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture so that a much-needed national reckoning can begin.

Republicans and Democrats, religious groups and civil liberties groups, military officers and peace activists, prosecutors and defense attorneys: we’ve worked with all of them at key moments to forge progress and to advance our long-term project of building a broad pro-human rights constituency in the United States. Learn about our coalition of retired military leaders.

Genocide and other crimes against humanity are complex, organized crimes.  They require infrastructure, planning, and resources. We’ve developed an innovative strategy to focus on “enablers”—the countries, companies, and individuals that provide the means that make mass atrocities possible. Our idea is to disrupt the supply chain for slaughter. Photo: Getty Images.

Hate crime violence not only alters, and sometimes ends, individual lives; it creates fear that can oppress entire communities. The U.S. government has credibility on this issue, which is should leverage by helping other governments put in place laws and systems that can effectively combat prevent hate crime.  Photo: AP.

Too often LGBT rights are regarded as a “gay issue” and sidelined as a result. LGBT rights are human rights, period, and we’re working to ensure that the U.S. government advances them abroad. We focus on protecting LGBT refugees, combating violent hate crime against LGBT people, and opposing bans on homosexuality and other discriminatory laws. Photo: AP.

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