Human Rights Grants Awarded at June Board Meeting

When The Overbrook Foundation’s Board of Directors met on June 5, it voted to award 14 grants through its Human Rights Program.  A total of $455,000 was awarded to human rights organizations in June.  The Board is pleased to announce these grants in recognition of the important work of the Foundation's grantees promoting human rights at home and abroad!


Most of these awards renewed previous grants; however, first-time grants have been awarded to the US Human Rights Network and Rights Working Group. Rights Working Group, a coalition of 340 local, state and national organizations striving to promote racial justice, immigrant rights and human rights, and end racial profiling, received a $25,000 grant for general operating support. The US Human Rights Network was awarded a grant of $30,000 to support its conference - Advancing Human Rights 2013: Dignity. Justice. Action. This conference, taking place from Friday, December 6, 2013 to Sunday, December 8 2013, will consist of sessions along four thematic tracts: immigration policy and enforcement; criminal justice and mass incarceration; economic policy and workers rights; and, environmental and climate justice. It will be a great opportunity for a wide variety of grassroots and national organizations to come together, share, learn and build a stronger inclusive and connected movement for human rights in the United Sates. As national organizations, both Rights Working Group and the US Human Rights Network play critical roles bringing together and supporting the work of grassroots groups advocating for human rights domestically.


Next, we would like to list the grantees receiving renewals from the Foundation at this meeting. These organizations further the following Foundation initiatives: building a domestic human rights movement, expanding reproductive justice in the US, advancing media reform, defending Latin American Human Rights Defenders and promoting gender rights in Latin America. Throughout the summer, we will be highlighting many of these grantees on the blog so that readers can learn more about their strategies and initiatives, as well as specific victories and accomplishments. Below we have simply outlined the grants awarded, the projects supported by Overbrook and links to our grantee partners’ websites with more information:


Domestic Human Rights
Domestic Human Rights Movement
• The NYCLU received a grant of $70,000 over two years for Advancing New Yorkers’ Human Rights
• The Urban Justice Center’s Human Rights Project and Sex Workers Project were awarded a grant of $40,000


Reproductive Justice
• A $30,000 grant for general operating support was awarded to the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program
Forward Together also received a $30,000 grant for general operating support for its Youth Organizing Program and its leadership role in the Strong Families Initiative
Freedom Network USA was awarded a grant of $20,0000 for Training, Technical Assistance and Mentoring: A Road to Rights Based Advocacy in Human Trafficking
Human Rights Project for Girls received a general operating support grant of $20,000


Mother Jones received a $20,000 for its reporting on human rights, environmental issues and the role of money in politics
WNYC has been awarded an $80,000 grant over two years for On the Media


International Human Rights
Human Rights Defenders
• A $60,000 grant over two years was awarded to Peace Brigades International for protecting Human Rights Defenders in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia
Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights – Latin America received a $40,000 renewal for general operating support
WITNESS received $90,000 over two years for promoting Human Rights in the Americas Through Video-For-Change


Gender Rights
• The 2013 International Human Rights Fellowship Program at the University of Chile Law School’s Centro de Derechos Humanos will be supported with a grant of $50,000


These are all fantastic organizations and we encourage you to explore their work through their websites and social media outlets. As we renew and initiate partnerships with these 14 groups, we thank them for the innovation, dedication and tireless activism that they bring to their work advocating for and building a more just and equitable world, a world with strong movements for social justice where human rights are respected.