About The Advocates for Human Rights

At the forefront of the world’s human rights movement, The Advocates for Human Rights, a 501(c)(3) organization, creates and maintains lasting, comprehensive, and holistic change on a local, national, and global scale. Volunteers, partners, supporters, board members, and staff implement international human rights standards to promote civil society and reinforce the rule of law.

For more than 30 years, our innovative programming has changed the lives of refugees and immigrants, women, ethnic and religious minorities, children, and other marginalized communities. We investigate and expose human rights violations, represent immigrants and refugees seeking asylum, train and assist groups that protect human rights, engage the public, policy-makers, and children; and push for legal reform and advocates for sound policy.

An independent, nonpartisan non-profit organization founded in 1983, The Advocates relies on support from a powerhouse of partners and volunteers. Our volunteers want to make a difference, and their work at The Advocates is significant to each of them. Our volunteers motivate us to continue to strive—and we do the same for them.

If you would like to work with The Advocates for Human Rights—as a donor, a volunteer, an intern or staff member—please take action.

Requests for our help continue to grow. People count on us, and on you. Make a life-changing contribution today.

FY 2018 Audited Financials
2017 IRS Form 990
2017 Annual Report

Our executive director’s salary was initially set, and is regularly reviewed, by our board of directors’ executive committee based upon industry standards.


We are proud to be recognized by Charity Navigator and by GuideStar with its Nonprofit Profile's Gold Participation Level for our commitment to nonprofit transparency.