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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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February 20, 2020 • Press Release

Joint Statement on the Trump Administration’s New Landmine Policy

In response to the January 31st announcement by the White House of the Department of Defense’s new landmine policy, we, the undersigned organizations, strongly condemn the Trump Administration’s decision to lift existing United States prohibitions against the use of landmines. We urge the White House and Department of Defense (DOD) to reconsider and take steps to join the …

February 20, 2020 • Press Release

The U.S. government should reverse ‘outrageous’ visa revocation for Forensic Architecture head

The U.S. government should reverse its outrageous decision to revoke the visa of renowned human rights investigator Eyal Weizman, Amnesty International said today. The organization vigorously condemned the U.S. decision to revoke Eyal Weizman’s visa, and raised serious concerns about the practice of visa revocations based on problematic security algorithms. “Stopping Eyal Weizman from entering …

February 18, 2020 • Press Release

Provision Criminalizing Human Rights Defenders at the Border Criminalizes Humanity

As the Supreme Court of the United States prepares to hear arguments on February 25 in the case of United States v. Sineneng-Smith, on whether to strike down as unconstitutional a criminal provision, which makes it illegal to “encourage” or “induce” people to violate U.S immigration law, Amnesty International has submitted an amicus brief providing why …

February 4, 2020 • Press Release


During his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump touched on issues of national security as well as immigration and asylum, claiming, “we entered into historic cooperation agreements with the Governments of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. As a result of our unprecedented efforts, illegal crossings are down 75 percent since May — dropping 8 …

February 3, 2020 • Press Release

Statement on Executive Director Margaret L. Huang’s Transition to Southern Poverty Law Center

Amnesty International USA’s Executive Director, Margaret L. Huang, announced today that she will leave the organization to become the new president and chief executive officer of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and SPLC Action Fund. She begins the role on April 20. Under Huang’s leadership of AIUSA, the organization has grown both in membership …

January 31, 2020 • Press Release

Dispatch from Guantanamo: U.S. Must Open Criminal Investigation into Mitchell and Jessen, Two Torture Program Psychologists

Following testimony at Guantanamo over the past two weeks of James E. Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen–two contract psychologists who played leading roles in designing and implementing the CIA’s so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques”–in which Mitchell described in detail their direct participation in torture, Amnesty International issued a call for a criminal investigation to be opened …

January 29, 2020 • Press Release

Efforts to Revive the Muslim Ban are Atrocious

Responding to reports that the Trump administration is expanding what has become known as the Muslim ban, which President Trump signed during his first week in office, Margaret Huang, Amnesty International USA’s executive director said:

January 24, 2020 • Press Release

Anniversary of the implementation of so-called ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy marks rampant rights abuses

Wednesday, January 29 marks one year since the Trump administration implemented an unprecedented program disingenuously titled the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as “Remain in Mexico,” under which the U.S. government forcibly returns people to Mexico while they ask for asylum in the U.S. Since last January, close to 60,000 people who arrived at …

January 17, 2020 • Press Release

Upcoming Virginia Gun Rally Threatens Communities

Ahead of a gun rally scheduled to take place in Richmond, Virginia on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, expected to draw white supremacists and hate groups, Amnesty International USA’s End Gun Violence campaign manager, Ernest Coverson said: “When we have a system that allows virtually unfettered access to guns and a United States President and …

January 16, 2020 • Press Release

Architects of CIA torture program to testify at Guantanamo for first time

The two psychologists responsible for designing and implementing the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” will testify in pre-trial hearings in the September 11 case at Guantánamo Bay next week. Amnesty International experts will be there to observe their testimony. The contract psychologists, James E. Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen, are responsible for developing interrogation techniques, including …

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