The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (formerly known as the Congressional Human Rights Caucus) brings attention to human rights crises and under-reported problems around the world. The Commission holds briefings on human rights topics for members and their staff and initiates letter and other human rights activities. Commission members often join forces on joint letters, co-sponsorship of resolutions, and on other matters. Commission members have helped ?real people,? living under intolerable conditions.
The Commission is open to all Representatives. It costs nothing to join and does not commit members in advance to support any particular action. Each member of the Commission can decide for him or herself whether to sign Commission letter or co-sponsor initiatives. Membership demonstrates a commitment to promoting human rights and assisting victims of abuse and it provides members with a service to keep informed about opportunities to lend a voice of leadership on behalf of those whose voices are quelled.
Amnesty International recommends that all Members of the House of Representatives join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Joining the Commission enhances a Member's ability to actively protect and promote freedom, security, and human rights worldwide.