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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 21, 2019 • Press Release

Trump Administration Seeks to Demonize Refugees With New Policy

Responding to reports that the Trump administration is considering a new policy that would allow state and local jurisdictions to deny refugees to be resettled in their community, despite having been approved for resettlement in the United States, Ryan Mace, the grassroots advocacy and refugee specialist for Amnesty International USA, said: “This is yet another …

August 21, 2019 • Press Release

New Flores Regulations Brazenly Attack Children’s Rights

According to reports, the Trump administration is issuing a final rule that will effectively terminate the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement, which mandates that children cannot be held in immigration detention for more than 20 days. Denise Bell, researcher for refugee and migrant rights issued this statement: “These new regulations are extraordinarily cruel. It is beyond …

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 …