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Haiti Is at a Crossroads: The United States and International Community Must Ensure Haitians Can Determine Their Own Future

In response to the robust and fast-breaking debates over the future of Haiti since last week’s assassination of former president Jovenel Moïse, Robert Bank, President and CEO of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), which has worked with human rights activists in Haiti since 1999, issued this policy statement in support of Haitian democracy and civil …Read More

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Leading Jewish Human Rights Group Applauds House Appropriations Committee for Advancing Legislation That Promotes Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

American Jewish World Service Welcomes Increased Funding, the Repeal of the Global Gag Rule, and the Removal of Helms Amendment Background Today, the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations passed a bill that advances sexual and reproductive health and rights around the globe. The iscal ear 2022 (FY22) State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs (SFOPs) bill …Read More

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House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) Holds Historic LGBTQI+ Rights Hearing

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) welcomes testimony from LGBTQI+ human rights defenders Background Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) will make history, holding its first-ever full committee hearing focused on LGBTQI+ rights titled “Advancing and Protecting LGBTQI+ Rights Abroad.” The hearing will provide an opportunity to elevate concerns around stigma, violence, and discrimination against …Read More

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American Jewish World Service Voluntarily Recognizes The AJWS Union

American Jewish World Service (AJWS), the leading global Jewish human rights organization, and the recently formed AJWS Union are pleased to jointly announce that AJWS management has formally and voluntarily recognized the AJWS Union, affiliated with OPEIU Local 153, to represent AJWS employees, effective June 23, 2021. Hannah Fajer, a spokesperson from the AJWS Union, …Read More

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Senators Markey, Shaheen and Merkley and Congresswoman Titus Introduce Legislation to Promote LGBTQI+ Rights Around the World

Leading Global Jewish Human Rights Organization calls on Congress to pass the GLOBE Act Background Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) people around the globe face stigma, legal discrimination, violence and even death simply because of who they are or whom they love. In 69 countries, engaging in same-sex sexual relations is illegal; …Read More

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President Biden’s Foreign Assistance Budget Request Recommits U.S. to Global Stage

Leading global Jewish human rights organization welcomes increased international funding and calls for policy changes Background The Biden administration unveiled its Fiscal Year 2022 budget request to Congress, which includes $58.4 billion in funding for the Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development, including foreign assistance programs, a welcome increase from …Read More

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Guatemala is Attacking its Independent Judges: The United States Must Do More to Ensure an Independent Judiciary

Statement by AJWS Senior Director of Civil and Political Rights and Advocacy, Tracey Gurd, on the attempts to dismantle an independent judicial system in Guatemala As U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris plans her visit to Guatemala in June, we encourage her to focus on the attacks on the country’s democracy, especially those aimed at Guatemala’s …Read More

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Statement of Robert Bank, President and CEO of American Jewish World Service (AJWS) on guilty verdicts in the murder of George Floyd

Leader of global Jewish human rights organization praises jury for holding former police officer accountable and vows to continue fight for true justice “We are grateful that a jury of his peers convicted Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, for the murder of George Floyd, a Black man, on the streets of Minneapolis last …Read More

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