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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.

Spurred by drivers such as technology, climate, demographic change, economic inequality, and opportunistic leadership, extremism and hate are on the rise in the U.S. and around the world. As an organization with a long track record of documenting and responding to these trends, we are using new and traditional tools to combat hate-based violence and foster more humane policies.

The Global Magnitsky Act is the most comprehensive human rights and anti-corruption sanctions tool in U.S. history. Human Rights First works with civil society groups around the world to ensure that the United States uses this tool to hold the worst human rights abusers accountable.

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 Trump wants to keep using it, but we’ll keep pushing until we succeed. Photo: AP.

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 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.