Human Rights

Inalienable rights

Applying international human rights standards to the U.S. criminal justice system.

US Prisoners and Human Rights in a Post 9/11 World

Someone To Watch Over Me?: US Prisoners and Human Rights in a Post 9/11 World

Nassau Presbyterian Church

Princeton, New Jersey

 

AFSC's analysis of the global economy

An Executive Summary

Global economic justice is the bedrock of a peaceful world. As an organization long committed to achieving peace and justice, the American Friends Service Committee commissioned this report to stimulate reflection and discussion among the Service Committee, the Religious Society of Friends, and the wider community in order to advance the structural changes needed to build a just global economy - an economy founded on respect for inherent dignity and equal rights.

Students discussing human rights

Students discussing human rights

Students discussing human right

Human Rights Teacher Workshop

The AFSC Los Angeles Peace Education Program offers Human Rights resources, training and professional development for K-12 educators.  Each year, our office facilitates a Human Rights Education workshop for Los Angeles United School District (LAUSD) teachers through the United Teachers of Los Angeles salary-point system.  

Community Social Advocacy

Community Social Advocacy

Community Social Advocates rally against negative immigration reform.

June 2006, Community Social Advocates rally against negative immigration reform.

The Community Social Advocacy Program specifically targets Haitian and Latino communities but provides services to all who participate. The Program aims to broaden the base of immigrants' knowledge about their rights, collaborate with community leaders and organizations to promote the immigrant community's needs and rights, provide a public voice with regard to immigration reform, as well as provide necessary legal information and services.

The Community Social Advocates provide a variety of presentations and training for the community on topics including:

D.C. Right to Housing Campaign Background

DC Right to Housing Campaign

D.C. Human Rights People's Movement gathering

D.C. Human Rights People's Movement gathering

In 1944, Franklin Roosevelt pushed for the adoption of a "second Bill of Rights," for all to be free from fear and free from want. This included the right to a decent home.  In 1948, the United States signed on to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which recognizes housing as a human right. Article 25 specifies, “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.”  AFSC is part of the D.C.

Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

Where we work

AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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