Human Rights First

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Human Rights First
HeadquartersNew York, NY
Michael Breen
Former President
Michael Posner

Human Rights First (formerly known as the Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights[1]) is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3),[2] international human rights organization based in New York City and Washington, D.C.[3] In 2004, Human Rights First started its "End Torture Now" campaign.[4] The organization also runs the Fighting Discrimination program which focuses on hate crime.

Board of Directors[edit]

Human Rights First is governed by a board of directors composed of 73 members, including a 30-person Board of Advocates and a 12-person Emeritus Board.[5]

Members of the board include:

Pro Bono Legal Representation for Asylum Seekers[edit]

Human Rights First's pro bono legal representation program matches good lawyers with asylum-seekers who need help and would not otherwise be able to afford high-quality legal representation.[7]

The organization helps asylum seekers living in the greater Washington D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, and Houston metropolitan areas who do not already have legal representation, cannot afford an attorney, and need help with a claim for asylum or other protection-based form of immigration status. The organization's New York and Houston offices can also help people who are seeking asylum from within a nearby immigration detention center.[8]

Selected publications[edit]

  • The War Against Children: South Africa’s Youngest Victims, Desmond Tutu, 1986. ISBN 9780934143004
  • Vigilantes in the Philippines: A Threat to Democratic Rule, Diane Orentlicher, 1988. ISBN 9780934143035
  • Refuge Denied: Problems in the Protection of Vietnamese and Cambodians in Thailand and the Admission of Indochinese Refugees into the United States, Albert Santoli, 1989. ISBN 9780934143202
  • Paper Laws, Steel Bayonets: Breakdown of the Rule of Law in Haiti, Elliot Schrage, 1990. ISBN 9780934143387
  • Childhood Abducted: Children Cutting Sugar Cane in the Dominican Republic, Theresa A. Amato, 1991. ISBN 9780934143424


  1. ^ IRS Form 1023 Application for Recognition of Exemption. (1982). Human Rights First website Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Human Rights First". Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  3. ^ About Us,
  4. ^ "Human Rights First Leader to Speak". Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  5. ^ "Board of Directors". Human Rights First. Retrieved 2021-04-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Oprysko, Caitlin. "FARA chief leaves DOJ". POLITICO. Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  7. ^ "Asylum". Human Rights First. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  8. ^ "The Fight to Reform the U.S. Asylum System: A Conversation with Human Rights First's Becky Gendelman". Latina Republic. 7 September 2020. Retrieved 2021-04-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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