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Michael Breen

President and CEO

Michael Breen is president and chief executive officer of Human Rights First, one of the nation’s leading human rights advocacy organizations. Established in 1978, Human Rights First’s mission is to ensure that the United States is a global leader on human rights. The organization works in the United States and abroad to promote respect for human rights and the rule of law. Breen leads a staff with offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Houston. Before joining Human Rights First, Breen served as president and CEO of the Truman National Security Project, a nationwide membership organization of diverse leaders inspired to serve in the aftermath of 9/11 and committed to shaping and advocating for tough, smart national security solutions.

Prior to his work at the Truman Project, Breen led soldiers in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan as a U.S. Army officer, including by serving for a year as a platoon leader in the Pech and Korengal Valleys with the 173rd Airborne. After leaving the military, he served in the Office of White House Counsel and co-founded the International Refugee Assistance Project, working with refugee families in Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. Breen holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. from Dartmouth, having also studied in Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and the United Kingdom.

February 04, 2020
Human rights advocates present evidence of erosion of respect for human rights laws and protections for refugees and asylum-seekers WASHINGTON – In anticipation of President Donald J. Trump’s...
December 10, 2019
WASHINGTON - Michael Breen, the president and CEO of Human Rights First made the following statement in recognition of Human Rights Day and the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal...
November 21, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 21, 2019 Mona Sutphen and Michael Rozen to Serve as Board Chairs of Human Rights First As international human rights organization transitions leadership,...
August 29, 2019
Washington, D.C. - In response to a change in USCIS policy affecting the ability of children of some U.S. citizens and their families who are spending time abroad in...