Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today expressed concern over reports that no senior State Department official, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, will participate in a public launch of this year’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – 5:26pmUsing Diplomatic Relations with Cuba to Fight Human TraffickingBy Cassidy SlaterRead more
New York City—Human Rights First announced today that former Obama Administration senior official Rob Berschinski has joined the organization as its new Senior Vice President for Policy. Berschinski is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor with extensive experience in national security and foreign policy. He will lead the organization’s efforts to advance a U.S.
Friday, February 24, 2017 – 4:35pmPresident Trump on Antisemitism: Some Talk, No ActionBy Dora IlleiRead more
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – 3:20pmSlavery in the Palm Oil IndustryMeggie WeilerPalm oil is found in approximately 50 percent of common grocery and household products. Since 1980, palm oil production has increased significantly and is expected to double …Read more
New York City—Human Rights First today welcomed U.S.
Washington, D.C.—In response to reports that President Trump is considering whether to send an alleged al Qaeda member to the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Human Rights First today urged the administration to instead prosecute suspects in federal courts, which have a long track record of success in adjudicating terrorism cases.
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First welcomed yesterday’s re-introduction of the Trafficking in Persons Report Integrity Act, which would strengthen the State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report by increasing transparency in the process. The bill was introduced by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Cory Gardner (R-CO), and aims to clarify the evidence used in determining the ranking of individual countries on their efforts to combat human trafficking.
Friday, February 17, 2017 – 10:54amFears for Sudan Human Rights Defender MudawiBrian DooleyDr Mudawi Ibrahim is one of the best known human rights defenders in the world, recognized for his long career in defending rights in Sudan and exposing violatio…Read more