Activists on the front lines
We are a grassroots membership organization – with volunteers who shape, lead, and carry out our work to protect human rights. With more than 7 million members and supporters worldwide, more than a million of whom are in the United States.
Amnesty International is the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization. Volunteer leaders fill a wide range of critical roles: they start and run local groups, they manage legislative advocacy in the states, they drive campaigns in individual cases and on major reforms, and they engage more people in fighting for human rights. In other words, they change the world. Here are a few of their stories.
As we enter into our 60th Anniversary year, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the millions of volunteers who helped to build this global grassroots movement. Amnesty International was founded, and continues to operate on the belief, that if we work collectively to confront human rights abuses and press for greater recognition of human rights, ordinary people can make extraordinary change happen. We have seen this play out over and over in our human rights victories and success stories.
We know the work of our volunteers goes beyond the promotion and protection of human rights. It also encompasses the responsibility that we have to ensure the health of our movement so that we have the strength to take on regimes and systems that deliberately seek to discriminate and erase human rights from being accessible to all people. Like so many passions in life, volunteering for human rights justice is a calling.
We are thankful that you chose to be a part of Amnesty International. Without each of you, we would not be the organization that we are today and continue to strive to be. It should come as no surprise to learn that recent studies on health and happiness have been linked to volunteering. One of the reasons most often cited for the positive effects of volunteering are the social bonds that we form with one another. April is volunteer appreciation month and I hope you’ll join me in taking a moment to acknowledge not only what we have accomplished together, but also your individual contributions to the greater good.
Most of all, let us continue to serve knowing that we are one Amnesty, working together to build a global society where human rights are inclusive, accessible, and indivisible for all people,everywhere!
ACs are volunteers that organize groups in their state to collaborate on initiatives, develop partnerships with other human rights activists, and mobilize to protect human rights.
Country and Thematic Specialists are volunteers with expertise in specific areas who work to develop and implement AIUSA strategies to advance human rights.
LCs are volunteers that work in states to advance our legislative priorities to protect human rights.
SDPACs are volunteers that oranize and advocate at the state level to abolish the death penalty.
SACs are volunteers that organize groups in their state to collaborate on initiatives, develop partnerships with other human rights activists, and mobilize to protect human rights.