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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.