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10 Organizations Offering Human Rights Jobs in the US


Carter Center

The Carter Center was founded by Rosalyn and Jimmy Carter and Emory University to help fight for human rights and ease human suffering wherever it exists. In particular, the group works to help find peaceful resolutions to conflicts, provides access to quality medical care and helps to campaign for democracy and freedom across the globe.

Amazon Watch

Amazon Watch is fighting to protect the rain forests of the Amazon and the indigenous people who call the rain forests home. Since 1966, the group has battled deforestation in the Amazon Basin through public awareness campaigns, lobbying and advocacy. The group works with a number of tribal organizations and environmental groups to safeguard areas of rain forest that are under threat.


The United Nations Children’s Fund or UNICEF is a program sponsored by the United Nations that is headquartered in New York City but dedicated to improving the lives of children all over the world. Through a number of programs, the group protects human rights, fights hunger and homelessness and works to ensure that all children have access to medical care and education.

Coalition for the International Criminal Court

The Coalition for the International Criminal Court is a group of more than 2500 organizations based in more than 150 countries. Their mission is to ensure that proceedings through the International Criminal Court are fair and transparent. Of specific interest to the group are cases related to war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.

Center for Economic and Social Rights

The Center for Economic and Social Rights or CESR is an advocacy group fighting for human rights around the globe. Through a number of different endeavors, the group works to ensure that people have access to food, clean water, housing, health care, education and work and fights for economic, social and cultural equality for all people.

Public International Law & Policy Group

The Public International Law & Policy Group is a nonprofit organization that provides completely free legal assistance to individuals and governments. With offices in more than 25 countries, the PILPG has played a major role in the drafting of major peace agreements and post-conflict constitutions.

Committee to Protect Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists is fighting for freedom of the press around the world. Their mission is to put an end to journalists being persecuted, intimidated, imprisoned, tortured and murdered for trying to shed light on human rights abuses and other stories of international interest.

Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration (ORAM)

The Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration or ORAM is a nonprofit organization that works internationally to protect refugees and asylum seekers. Through direct advocacy, public policy advice, legal representation and public awareness campaigns, the group helps those who have been displaced due to violence, natural disaster and poverty settle in new areas and have a chance at a better life.

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit with 400 workers around the globe all working together to help defend human rights and fight human rights abuses wherever they occur. Their team consists of lawyers, journalists, political and economic experts and academics. Every year, the group publishes more than 100 briefings that shed light on human rights violations.

International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ)

The International Center for Transitional Justice is a nonprofit organization involved in the fight for transitional justice on a global scale. One of the key functions of the group is to provide advise for policymakers and state institutions. In addition, the group works with victims groups, human rights groups and women’s organizations that are fighting for social justice on the ground.

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