Human Rights First

About Human Rights First

Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. The organization believes that American leadership is essential in the struggle for human rights so it pressures the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. When they don’t, the Human Rights First steps in to demand reform, accountability and justice. Whether protecting refugees, combating torture, or defending persecuted minorities, the organization focuses on not on making a point, but on making a difference. For over 30 years, the organization has built bipartisan coalitions and teamed up with front line activists and lawyers to tackle issues that demand American leadership. Around the world, the Human Rights First works where it can best harness American influence to secure core freedoms.

Work area

Research, Advocacy, Education, Campaigns, Activism, Lobbying


American Ideals, Universal Values

Country Offices

United States


Founded: 1978
Location (HQ): United States
Scope: Global
Focus area: All human rights

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Ada Hasanagic

Ada Hasanagić is a human rights professional currently working as a researcher at the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Previously, Ada graduated with honors from the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology and the University of Buckingham in the fields of Political Science and International Relations. Also, she earned a master’s degree in Democracy and Human Rights from the University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna.