Source description last updated: 24. November 2016
In brief: Human Rights First, an independent NGO based in New York and Washington DC, advocates efforts by the US government in bolstering human rights in the world.
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Reports on human rights.
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“The Organization was under the auspices of the International League of Human Rights until July 31, 1982. Effective August 1, 1982, The Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights split off from the International League for Human Rights and began separate activities. In September 1986, the Organization changed its name to the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. During the [fiscal] year ended May 31, 2004, the Organization changed its name to Human Rights First.” (Human Rights First: Financial Statements Year Ended December 31, 2015; undated, p. 9)
“Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. We believe American leadership is essential in the global struggle for human rights, so we press the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. When they fail, we step in to demand reform, accountability and justice. Around the world, we work where we can best harness American influence to secure core freedoms.
We […] create the political environment and policy solutions necessary to ensure consistent respect for human rights. Whether we are protecting refugees, combating torture, or defending persecuted minorities, we focus not on making a point, but on making a difference. For more than 35 years, we’ve built bipartisan coalitions and teamed up with frontline activists and lawyers to tackle global challenges that demand American leadership.
Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York, Washington D.C. and Houston. To maintain our independence, we accept no government funding.” (Human Rights First website: About us, undated)
$ 12,555,696 of actual disbursements in 2015 and $ 46,517,621 worth of pro bono legal services. (Human Rights First: Annual Report 2015, pp. 30-31)
“To maintain our independence, we accept no government funding.” (Human Rights First website: About us, undated)
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Global.
Thematic focus: Antisemitism and extremism, asylum, human rights, prosecuting terrorism, religious freedom, targeted killings, torture, situation of women, human trafficking, due process, mass atrocities, hate crimes, immigration detention, LGBT, xenophobia.
No general information found but the following from a report on LGBTI persons in Jamaica:
“This report is the result of interviews with civil society activists, U.S. embassy staff, Jamaican officials, and members of the LGBT community during a March 2015 trip to Jamaica by Human Rights First staff Shawn Gaylord and Mariel Perez-Santiago and consultant Suha Dabbouseh. The report also involved extensive research and consultation with civil society activists as well as U.S. government officials both in Jamaica and in the United States.” (Human Rights First: “The World as it Should be”, Advancing the Human Rights of LGBT People in Jamaica, 9 July 2015, p. 2)
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Further reading / links:
HRF – Human Rights First: 2015 Annual Report, undated

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