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We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth, and dignity are denied.

Amnesty International is a global movement of millions of people demanding human rights for all people – no matter who they are or where they are. We are the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization.

Our History

The story of Amnesty International began back In 1961 when two Portuguese students were jailed just for raising a toast to freedom.

Who We Are

Our members, volunteer leaders, and staff fight tirelessly for change every day. Meet the people behind the work.

OUR VISION FOR CHANGE

All people have fundamental human rights. But those rights are abused or denied every single day. When that happens, Amnesty International finds the facts, exposes what’s happening, and rallies people together to force governments and others to respect everyone’s human rights.

And we get results. Last year alone, Amnesty International helped free 153 people who were wrongfully imprisoned because of who they are or what they believe – and we changed laws in dozens of countries on refugees, reproductive rights, LGBT equality, free speech, the death penalty, and other critical human rights issues.

From start to finish, our work focuses on the individual – people whose human rights are abused, and people who have the power to change the world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.

How We Work

Amnesty International’s uniquely effective approach for protecting human rights uses a three-pronged approach:

Research

Our crisis response teams and researchers travel to affected areas around the world to uncover individual human rights abuses and document patterns of abuse.

Mobilization

Our campaign teams use this research to educate the public about human rights abuses – and they give members and grassroots activists the information and tools they need to demand that human rights be protected.

Advocacy

Our staff and volunteer leaders engage in direct advocacy with policymakers at the state and federal levels in the U.S., while we rally grassroots activists from all 50 states to demand that policymakers protect human rights in the U.S. and around the world.