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, works to change systems and conditions that cause human rights abuses. We fight injustice and improve laws and lives throughout the world while representing individual victims of human rights violations.

For more than 35 years, our innovative programming has changed the lives of refugees and immigrants, women, ethnic and religious minorities, children, and other marginalized communities. With the help of our volunteers and supporters 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; push for legal reform; and advocate for sound policy.

An independent, nonpartisan non-profit organization founded in 1983, The Advocates develops partnerships and mobilizes volunteers to address some of the most pressing issues of our time. We use this volunteer model because we believe that everyone has the power and responsibility to advance human rights.

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.