3. International Justice Organizations
3.1. International Human Rights Groups
- Amnesty International USA (AI)
- A worldwide movement of people who campaign for human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards.
- Human Rights Watch (HRW)
- Monitors human rights in over seventy countries worldwide.
- Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
- A legal and educational organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- Human Rights First (HRF)
- Works to protect and promote human rights and hold all governments accountable to the standards affirmed in the International Bill of Human Rights. Formerly, the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights.
- Global Exchange
- A membership-based international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world.
- Grassroots International
- Promotes global justice through partnerships with social change organizations and through grantmaking, education, and advocacy.
- Global Rights
- In international human rights advocacy group that partners with local activists to challenge injustice.
- International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA)
- An organization of statutory human rights and human relations agencies with authority for enforcing a variety of human and civil rights laws in their respective jurisdictions.
- American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
- An organization which includes people of various faiths who are committed to Quaker values of social justice, peace, and humanitarian service.
- Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
- Advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies.
- Human Rights Resource Center
- An integral part of the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center and works to create and distribute Human Rights Education (HRE) resources via electronic and print media and train activists, professionals, and students as human rights educators.
- Physicians for Human Rights
- Mobilizes health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, to advance health, dignity, and justice and promotes the right to health for all.
- Documents and condemns human rights abuses, works with women who are affected by violations to help them win justice and, ultimately, change the conditions that give rise to human rights abuses, and challenges U.S. policies that undermine human rights.
- Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)
- Works to heal the wounds of torture on individuals, their families, and their communities and to stop torture worldwide.
- An international human rights organization founded by Peter Gabriel that empowers human rights defenders to use video to shine a light on those most affected by human rights violations, and to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools of justice.
- Prevent Human Trafficking (PHI)
- Promotes sustainable solutions in the fight against human trafficking.
- Free the Slaves
- Works to end slavery worldwide.
3.2. Regional Human Rights Groups
- Latin America Working Group (LAWG)
- Coalition that works for a U.S. foreign policy that promotes human rights, justice, peace, and sustainable development in Latin America.
- Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)
- Promotes policies by the United States and multilateral institutions that advance human rights, democracy, and social justice in Latin America.
- International Indian Treaty Council (IITC)
- An organization of indigenous peoples from North, Central, and South America and the Pacific working for the sovereignty and self-determination of indigenous peoples and the recognition and protection of indigenous rights, traditional cultures, and sacred lands.
3.3. International Economic Justice Groups
Also see 4.2. International Worker Justice and Democracy Groups
and 8.6. International-Focus Environmental Groups
- Oxfam America
- US chapter of Oxfam International that is committed to creating lasting solutions to global poverty, hunger, and social injustice by feeding the hungry, strengthening communities, and campaigning for change.
- Jubilee USA
- A coalition of over 60 organizations — including labor, churches, religious communities and institutions, AIDS activists, and trade campaigners — dedicated to working for a world free of debt for billions of people in line with Biblical tradition that calls for a Jubilee year, when slaves are set free and debts cancelled.
- World Social Forum
- Creates an open meeting place where social movements, networks, NGOs, and other civil society organizations opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, formulate proposals, share their experiences freely, and network for effective action.
- Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)
- Advocates for fair trade policies that promote strong health standards, labor and human rights, the environment and, most fundamentally, democratic institutions.
3.4. International Development Groups
- Thousand Currents
- Formerly, IDEX, partners with grassroots groups in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to fund self-help community projects working for social change and economic independence for poor people, while actively engaging and educating North Americans in the challenge facing communities in these regions.
- ACCION International
- The world’s leading microlending organization that fights poverty through microfinance — providing “micro” loans and business training to poor women and men who start their own businesses.
- Women for Women International
- Helps women in war-torn regions rebuild their lives by giving them financial and emotional support, job skills training, rights education, access to capital and assistance for small business development.
- Global Fund for Women (GFW)
- An international network that advocates for and defends women’s human rights by making grants to support women’s groups around the world.
- Room to Read
- Partners with local communities to build schools, establish libraries, and fund girls’ scholarships in the developing world.