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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.

As defenders fight for their rights in the face of often brutal persecution, they often look to the United States for support. We help them secure that support. Working alongside defenders, we amplify their voices and seek policy changes to benefit their cause. And because defenders are their own best advocates, we connect them to U.S officials capable of influencing foreign policy.

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 U.S. government’s current policy of choice is to lock up asylum seekers—including families with young children—in immigration detention centers. These jail-like facilities often exacerbate the trauma asylum seekers face and impede access to legal counsel. We press the U.S. government to end this harmful policy and permit individuals to pursue their claims in the community. Where additional support is determined necessary to ensure an individual's compliance with immigration proceedings, we urge the government to implement alternatives to detention, such as community-based case management programs, which are also more cost-effective than detention.

If you are seeking asylum, go here.

Too often its diplomacy with Indonesia, the U.S. government sidelines human rights concerns in favor of counterterrorism. Some of the security forces that receive U.S funding have committed human rights abuses. The U.S. government should use its leverage to end impunity for security forces. It should also press Indonesia to repeal its discriminatory blasphemy law and to seek accountability in the case of assassinated human rights activist, Munir Said Thalib. Photo: AP.

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.

We amplify the voices of interrogators and intelligence professionals with firsthand experience in the torture program and decades of experience on the frontlines of the battle against terrorism.

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.

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