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Amnesty International works to protect human rights in the United States. Amnesty International advocates for human rights-oriented approaches to national security, criminal justice and police accountability; works to abolish the death penalty; and campaigns for individuals at risk.

In 2014, President Obama acknowledged that torture had been carried out following the 11 September 2001 attacks (9/11) under a secret detention program authorized by his predecessor and operated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). However, accountability and remedy for the crimes under international law committed in that programme remained absent. The declassified summary of a Senate report into the program was released in December. Scores of detainees remained in indefinite military detention at the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, while military commission trial proceedings continued in a handful of cases. Concern about the use of prolonged isolation in state and federal prisons and the excessive use of force by police continued. Thirty-three men and two women were executed during the year.

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August 19, 2019 • Press Release

Planned Parenthood Withdrawal from Title X Demonstrates Cruel Policies

“The Trump administration's restrictions on Title X trample on sexual and reproductive rights, putting the lives of all pregnant people at significant risk, especially low-income women. Over four million people in the United States who depend on health care will be impacted because of these cruel policies aimed at Planned Parenthood."

August 9, 2019 • Press Release

Congress Must Immediately Address Gun Violence in the U.S.

Amnesty International USA today made an announcement calling for Congress to cut short its August recess and call an emergency session to immediately address gun violence in the United States. Ernest Coverson, End Gun Violence campaign manager at Amnesty International USA said: “We can no longer accept the dangerous reality in which we live. The …

August 3, 2019 • Press Release

Amnesty International USA Response to El Paso Shooting

Responding to a mass shooting that occurred in a mall in El Paso, Amnesty International USA End Gun Violence campaign manager Ernest Coverson issued the following statement:

July 25, 2019 • Press Release

Amnesty International Response to US Government Decision to Resume Federal Executions

The Trump administration’s decision to restart federal executions after a 16-year hiatus is outrageous. It is the latest indication of this administration’s disdain for human rights.

July 23, 2019 • Press Release

Plans to Close Carrizo Springs Demonstrate Conditions That are Not in Children’s Best Interests

Responding to reports that the Department of Health and Human Services will be shutting down the facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, Denise Bell, the Researcher for Refugee and Migrant Rights at Amnesty International USA said: “The closure of the Carrizo Springs facility makes clear the crisis of the government’s own making: these temporary emergency facilities …

July 18, 2019 • Press Release

Refugee Admissions Numbers are a New and Shameful Low

Responding to reports that some in the Trump Administration are considering lowering the number of refugees to be admitted through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program to zero for the coming fiscal year, Ryan Mace, the grassroots advocacy and refugee specialist for Amnesty International USA, said: “The United States used to be a leader in providing …

July 17, 2019 • Report

No Home for Children: US Government Detention of Children at Homestead Facility Cruel and Unlawful

The Homestead facility housing children who traveled alone to the United States must be shut down as quickly as possible, a new Amnesty International USA report finds, and children should immediately be placed in licensed, small-size shelters and released to appropriate sponsors. The unlawful conditions at this facility are a direct result of US government policies designed to punish rather than protect people trying to rebuild their lives.

July 11, 2019 • Report

Scars of Survival: Gun Violence and Barriers to Reparation in the USA

Survivors of gun violence in the USA suffer years of trauma and pain due to a destructive combination of government policies which ignore their needs, Amnesty International said today as it released new research into the experiences of gunshot survivors. Describing gun violence in the USA as a “human rights crisis”, Scars of Survival: Gun …

July 9, 2019 • Press Release

Virginia Lawmakers Turn Their Backs on Virginians Senselessly Killed

Responding to a special session of the General Assembly on a package of gun violence prevention bills in the wake of a mass shooting in Virginia Beach, Ernest Coverson, the End Gun Violence Campaign Manager, at Amnesty International USA said: “It is an embarrassment to this state that Virginia lawmakers would turn their backs on …

July 2, 2019 • Report

‘Saving lives is not a crime’: Politically motivated legal harassment of migrant human rights defenders by the USA

Since 2018, the US government has conducted an unlawful and discriminatory campaign of intimidation, threats, harassment, and criminal investigations against people who defend the human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers on the US–Mexico border, Amnesty International said in a new report released today. ‘Saving lives is not a crime’: Politically motivated legal harassment …