Leadership Opportunities for Volunteers
Amnesty International is an international grassroots movement. Much of our work is done by our network of volunteer groups. We have groups in communities and churches and on high school and college campuses. There are professional networks of lawyers and educators. We very much hope that you will consider joining one of these groups.
We invite you to contact us if you would like to join their efforts to release prisoners of conscience, to focus on targeted country campaigns, or to work on other human rights issues such as torture, refugees, and the death penalty. Groups are also involved with outreach and media work in their communities, constantly seeking to increase the visibility of Amnesty International’s human rights message.
The State Legislative Coordinator (LC) is an unpaid volunteer leadership position within Amnesty International's volunteer activist structure. LC’s work in conjunction with Amnesty's professional legislative advocates in Washington, Area Coordinators, Student Area Coordinators, regional staff, and statewide membership to achieve legislative goals in the United States.
Write for Rights is Amnesty International’s annual letter writing campaign on individual cases held every fall to mark human rights day on December 10th. Event Hosts organize a letter writing party in their home, office, place of worship, classroom or other venue and invite people to join.
Case Commitment Coordinators ensure that their Amnesty group selects and effectively campaigns on an individual case. They collaborate with Amnesty staff and country specialists to identify a case that is inspiring to the group, create an effective campaign strategy and report on the group’s tactics. Please note that this position is for people already part of an Amnesty Local Group.
We are seeking activists to serve as State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinators (SDPAC). The SDPAC keeps AI groups, volunteer leaders, and staff informed of death penalty news in their state and mobilizes activists to take action when executions are scheduled.
Area Coordinators (AC) act as organizers in their communities to advance AI's human rights agenda and support the larger human rights movement. They work to build AI's local presence through various activities, including event organizing and other advocacy tactics.
The Student Activist Coordinator (SAC) is an experienced Amnesty International student or youth volunteer who represents the organization by serving as an advisor to student and youth groups.
Country Specialists are AIUSA volunteer leaders commissioned to serve as AIUSA's country experts and strategists.
If you would like to consider starting a group in your own community, please contact our Field team at [email protected] and we can provide you with all the information you need to do this, as well as connect you with an experienced Amnesty member who can directly assist you.
If you are a student and are interested in starting an Amnesty group at your school, or in finding out if there is a group already, please email [email protected] or call (415) 513-1740.
For the purpose of servicing members, Amnesty International USA divides the United States into five regions, each with a Regional Office. Contact us to find the Amnesty regional office nearest you. If you are looking to volunteer outside of the US, contact your nearest national section.