U.S. Advocacy and Litigation

The U.S. Advocacy and Litigation program partners with grassroots human rights defenders to reduce the size, scope, and power of mass incarceration in American society. We fight for structural changes in the criminal and immigration systems that will guarantee respect for everyone’s human rights.

In the United States, racial minorities are disproportionately targeted for arrest, imprisonment, and police violence. We defend the human right to freedom from racial discrimination.

Solitary confinement, official misconduct, and deplorable conditions subject people to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment in United States prisons and detention centers. We fight to end prison torture.

Police and prison violence in the United States kills over a thousand people each year. We seek accountability for extrajudicial police and prison killings.

We go to court with human rights defenders pursuing systemic change.

We uncover wrongdoing in human rights reports, agency complaints, and public hearings.

We inform the public and policymakers about systemic human rights abuses and how to stop them.