- Human Rights First
Human Rights First is a
New York City-based association formerly known as the "Lawyers Committee for Human Rights".
The organization works on a host of domestic and international rights from a legal perspective. The organization focuses pointedly on issues related to detainees.
1978, Human Rights First also works on a range of other issues, including asylum seekers in the United States, international refugeepolicy, genocide intervention, protecting human rightsdefenders abroad, and combating violent hate crimes in Europe and North America.
Human Rights First maintains five major programs (or departments): Crimes Against Humanity, End Torture Now,
Fighting Discrimination, Made in China, Human Rights Defenders, Law and Security, Refugee Protection.
Human Rights First has issued numerous reports on human rights issues and has contributed
amicus curiaebriefs in support of foreign nationals held by the United States without charges. The President is Michael H. Posner, Elisa Massiminois the Executive Director. The chairman of the board emerituswas founder Marvin Frankel. Current Board members include Kerry Kennedy, Harold Hongju Koh, and Sigourney Weaver.
Human Rights First has been praised by
NGO Monitorfor its balanced reporting on the Arab Israeli conflict." [ [http://www.ngo-monitor.org/article.php?id=1456 "Human Rights First": Without political bias ] ]
* [http://www.humanrightsfirst.org Official website]
* [http://www.endtorture08.org/ Human Rights First's Elect to End Torture 08 campaign]
* [http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/asylum/lifeline/index.asp/ Human Rights First's Lifeline for Iraqi Refugees initiative]
* [http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/focus/antisemitism/voices/transcript/?content=20071206 Interview with Michael Posner] from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
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