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December 02, 2014 Washington, D.C. – In response to reports that President Obama has selected Ashton Carter as his nominee for Secretary of Defense, Human Rights First urges the new secretary to prioritize closing the...
October 27, 2014 Washington, D.C. – Retired Generals Joseph P. Hoar and Charles C. Krulak today sent a letter to President Obama urging his administration to unconditionally oppose torture at the U.N. Committee on...
October 01, 2014 Washington, D.C. – Seventeen of the nation's most respected interrogation and intelligence professionals today released a statement expressing their opposition to torture, arguing that the practice...
August 18, 2014 Top News FAMILIES AT THE BORDER Human Rights First last week visited the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Artesia, New Mexico, to investigate the challenges these...
May 19, 2014 Washington, D.C. – Ahead of this week’s deliberations in the House and Senate over the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), 37 of the nation’s most respected retired generals and...
April 01, 2014 By Jess Ballance Five years ago, the Senate intelligence committee launched what Sen. Dianne Feinstein, committee chair, has since called one of the most important oversight efforts in the...
March 26, 2014 March 27, 2014 Update: This blog was updated to reflect Sen. Feinstein's announcement that a vote is expected on Thursday, April 3.  The Senate intelligence committee has...

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Letter | August 13, 2021
Dear President Biden, Secretary Mayorkas, Ambassador Rice, and Advisor Sullivan:  We, the 95 undersigned organizations, write to express our profound disappointment at Secretary Mayorkas...
Letter | June 01, 2021
Human Rights First and 16 partner organizations from seven countries published a letter calling on governments to act urgently to protect Afghan locally employed civilians (LECs) of NATO member...
Letter | May 10, 2021
Veterans for American Ideals (VFAI) led fifteen veteran-led organizations in a letter calling on President Biden to swiftly evacuate the over 17,000 Afghans in the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV)...
Letter | July 22, 2019
Read and Download The Honorable Michael Pompeo Secretary of State U.S. Department of State Washington, D.C. 20520   Dear Secretary Pompeo: We, the undersigned U.S. foreign...