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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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October 18, 2019 • Report

Comprehensive Health Services Contributing to the Violation of Children’s Rights by Operating the Homestead Facility in Florida

Amnesty International USA today called on U.S. government contractor, Comprehensive Health Services, to end its operations at the Homestead detention center in Florida. A new briefing, No Home for Children: End the Contract to Operate the Homestead ‘Temporary Emergency’ Facility, exposes how Comprehensive Health Services is contributing to the U.S. government’s violations of the rights …

October 15, 2019 • Press Release

18 Leaders Arrested Today at the Capitol While Protesting Trump Administration’s Destruction of the Refugee Resettlement Program

In response to the Trump Administration’s continued assault on the U.S. refugee resettlement program, 18 leaders from the nation’s leading faith and human rights organizations, as well as a former State Department official, were arrested on Capitol Hill as part of the first ever act of civil disobedience in the name of refugee resettlement. Those …

October 11, 2019 • Press Release

Faith Leaders, Human Rights Groups, and Former Assistant Secretary of State Stage Civil Disobedience for Refugees

On Tuesday, October 15th, 18 protestors–including heads of Amnesty International USA, America’s Voice, CAIR, and Church World Service, as well as a former Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration–will risk arrest on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The leaders will wear life vests symbolizing the life-saving refugee resettlement program. Faith …

October 9, 2019 • Press Release

Civilians at risk in Syria as Turkish military offensive looms

Responding to the Turkish government’s statements that its forces are set to cross into northeast Syria “shortly” as part of an offensive to move US-backed Kurdish forces away from its border, Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director Lynn Maalouf said: “As the Turkish military gears up to attack Kurdish forces in northeast Syria, it is …

October 8, 2019 • Press Release

Supreme Court Has An Opportunity To Uphold Equality in Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Cases

In advance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s hearing of arguments scheduled in three related cases on whether gender identity and sexual orientation are covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, director of the Gender, Sexuality and Identity program at Amnesty International USA, Tarah Demant, said: “The Supreme Court now has an …

September 27, 2019 • Press Release

Federal Judge Halts Trump Administration’s Cruel Attack on Flores Agreement, Children’s Rights

Judge Dolly Gee of the Federal District Court in Los Angeles today issued a ruling halting the Trump administration’s attempt to terminate the 1997 Flores Agreement. The Flores Agreement mandates that children cannot be held in immigrant detention for more than 20 days.

September 25, 2019 • Press Release

Media Advisory: End Gun Violence Rally Features Pelosi, Schumer, Activists From Around the Country

Gun violence has become so prevalent in the United States that it amounts to a human rights crisis. The week of July 28, 2019 our country saw four mass shootings, not including shootings in Chicago which killed eight and wounded forty-seven. TODAY, Wednesday, September 25 from 1:00 – 3:30 pm, a coalition of gun violence prevention organizations …

September 25, 2019 • Press Release

Congress Should Immediately Pass the Assault Weapons Ban

In advance of today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on the impact of assault weapons, Amnesty International USA submitted this statement urging approval of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 (H.R. 1296). Amnesty International USA’s deputy director of advocacy and government relations, Adotei Akwei, said: “Relentless gun violence, including the horrific mass shootings in Gilroy, El …

September 20, 2019 • Press Release

El Salvador Agreement Must Be Condemned Immediately

Responding to reports of a cooperative agreement between the United States and El Salvador, which would potentially force certain asylum-seekers to request asylum there, Charanya Krishnaswami, the advocacy director for the Americas at Amnesty International USA, said: “This agreement makes a mockery of the right to asylum. People should not be forced to seek safety …

September 20, 2019 • Press Release


October 2, 2019 marks one year since Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist who went into self-exile in the United States, entered into a Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain marriage documents, never to be seen again. Questions still remain about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and a credible, transparent investigation into the full truth …

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