United States

In the United States, we rally the American Jewish community and other supporters of human rights to advocate for policies that will improve the lives of millions of people in the developing world. Through this work, AJWS offers a home for American Jews whose commitments to social justice anchor and animate their work for a better world.

The AJWS community is united by a deep belief in the dignity of every person and the desire to pursue human rights and justice for all.

In partnership with Jewish leaders and other allies across the country, AJWS activists are holding our government accountable to prioritizing human rights in our foreign policy and diplomacy.

Through our current campaign, We Believe, AJWS activists and supporters are taking on some of the greatest human rights struggles of our time. We Believe calls on the U.S. government to do three things to promote human rights in the developing world: 1) Stop violence against women and girls; 2) Stop hate crimes against LGBT people; and 3) Empower girls to end child marriage.

Through We Believe, AJWS mobilizes American Jews and other supporters of human rights to ensure that:

  • The U.S. Congress passes the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA).
  • The Obama administration plays a leadership role in an unprecedented international effort to end hate crimes against LGBT people.
  • The U.S. Congress fully funds efforts to empower women and girls in the developing world, including those to end child marriage.

AJWS activists and supporters work together to advance the We Believe campaign nationally, with core groups of activists in the New York Metro Area, Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

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22,000 children die each day from poverty.

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Almost half the world lives on less than $2.50 a day.

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Nearly 1 in 8 people experience chronic hunger.

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