Domestic Human Rights Movement
Beginning in 2005, The Overbrook Foundation assumed a leading role in funding the emerging domestic human rights movement. It joined, as a founding partner, the U.S. Human Rights Fund to respond to the burgeoning interest among social justice organizations in using universal human rights standards and strategies to advance their social justice advocacy. By invoking universal claims to dignity, equality and opportunity that go beyond civil rights protections contained in statutory law or the Bill of Rights, human rights empower vulnerable communities in the U.S. to define and lead their own campaigns against injustice.
Below are the Foundation’s 2015 grantees working to build a domestic human rights movement.
Human Rights Program - $60,000 (second payment of a two-year grant)
The American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Human Rights Program contributes to the overall development of the U.S. domestic human rights movement through capacity-building and cross-cutting strategies that build coalitions and raise awareness to domestic human rights issues.
Uniting Science and Law on Behalf of Justice: Policy Program - $40,000
The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization that provides pro bono post-conviction legal assistance to the wrongfully convicted and works to reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.
General Operating Support - $50,000
In partnership with communities, NESRI works to build a broad movement for economic & social rights, including health, housing, education and work with dignity. Based on the principle that fundamental human needs create human rights obligations on the part of the government and the private sector, NESRI advocates for public policies that guarantee the universal and equitable fulfillment of these rights in the United States.
The Sunrise Initiative for Human Rights in the U.S. focuses on domestic human rights, recognizing that when U.S. federal, state, or local governments violate basic human rights, they threaten the dignity and freedom of all people and betray the promise of the country’s deepest values and noblest aspirations. Sunrise advances human rights in the U.S. through strategic investments in two key areas: reversing the criminalization of immigration enforcement and strengthening human rights accountability.
General Operating Support - $35,000
The New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation’s mission is to defend and promote the principles and values underlying our democracy, including freedom of speech and religion, the right to privacy, equality and due process of law.
General Operating Support - $25,000
Solitary Watch is a national watchdog group that investigates, documents, and disseminates information on the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, jails, and immigrant and juvenile detention.
Human Rights Project - $30,000
The Human Rights Project (HRP) of the Urban Justice Center works to create a society where the right to health, housing, education and other standards necessary to live in dignity are guaranteed. HRP’s mission is to improve the lives of people living in poverty, while emphasizing the leadership of women and people of color.
General Operating Support - $40,000 (second payment of a two-year grant)
The US Human Rights Network is a national network of organizations and individuals working to strengthen and grow a human rights movement and culture in the United States led by the people most directly impacted by human rights violations.