AIUSA campaigns to protect and defend human rights in the United States and around the world. Have a few minutes? Send a letter, sign a petition, or take action in an urgent case. These cases and campaigns help save lives and change the world.
No one should be locked up for seeking safety or because of their immigration status, yet Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to unjustly detain tens of thousands of people fighting for their right to stay in the United States. U.S. leaders have expressed commitments to advance human rights and racial justice, but the overwhelming majority of people stuck in detention are Black and brown, both a reflection and reinforcement of systemic racism and racial inequity.
Take action now to demand President Biden free people, including all families, from ICE detention.
Violence prevention and intervention programs are a secret superpower in the battle against gun violence. They combine street outreach, powerful community call-ins, and hospital intervention providing survivors and families with counseling, support, and mediation. Study after study has proven the lifesaving value of these community-based programs: in some cities where leaders have had long-term backing for their work, gun homicides dropped by almost half.
Take action now to demand Congress pass the Break the Cycle Act to fund community gun violence prevention programs.
Urgent Actions ask our community of volunteers to flood the mailboxes, inboxes, phones and social media of authorities when someone is in imminent danger of human rights violations. Take action below, or learn more about the Urgent Action Network.
September 29, 2022 marked a year that the Court of Appeal of Ngozi upheld the conviction and five-year prison sentence of Burundian lawyer, Tony Germain Nkina. He was arrested on October 13, 2020, charged with endangering international state security, and convicted on June 15, 2021 for “collaborating with rebels who attacked Burundi.” However, the evidence presented against him indicates that his prosecution is motivated by his former human rights work. The hearing of his appeal of the Court of Appeal of Ngozi’s decision is scheduled on October 7, 2022. Amnesty International continues to call for Tony Germain Nkina’s immediate and unconditional release.
Belarusian human rights defender Nasta Loika has been arbitrarily detained since September 6, 2022, on trumped up charges of “petty hooliganism”. She is being denied access to her lawyer, warm clothing, and basic necessities, as well as to the medical care she requires. Nasta Loika is being targeted solely for her human rights activism and must be immediately released.
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For nearly 60 years, Amnesty International has been a global leader for human rights. This grassroots movement is made up of everyday people — just like you — who take action wherever they are. Together, we are the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization. When you donate to Amnesty International, you become a member and force for human rights. You are coming together with millions of other supporters to amplify your impact. And, as a dues-paying member of AIUSA, you have the power to influence the direction of the organization by voting in the annual Board of Directors election and on resolutions at regional and national conferences.