Why Amnesty

Amnesty International is a global movement of millions of people demanding human rights for all people – no matter who they are or where they are. We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth, and dignity are denied.

Across the globe, young people have always been at the forefront of social change – and student activism is at the heart of Amnesty International.

In 1961, as young people across the southern United States were leading sit-ins and nonviolent protests to end racial segregation, two students in Portugal were arrested for raising their glasses in a toast to freedom. This wrongful imprisonment ignited the flame that fires our work, and built Amnesty International into what it is today.

Amnesty International is the world’s oldest and largest grassroots human rights organization – and our work is effective because of people like you. By joining AIUSA, you join a community of individuals who care passionately and act fiercely. We are a movement of everyday people who take injustice personally – and together we change the world.

With over 600 youth and student groups across the United States, young people make up the majority of AIUSA’s activist base. Youth leaders are driving AIUSA’s human rights work on their campus and in their communities, while learning about global and domestic human rights issues. When you join AIUSA, you’ll gain valuable skills and tangible leadership experience through training and mentorship. You’ll be part of a movement of millions of young people raising their voices around the world, and we’re here to guide and support you.

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