Past Work

What's Going On

Organized foreign terrorist groups and their supporters continue to present a threat to the United States and the US Government continues to wrestle with the most effective way to handle captured terrorism suspects consistent with American values and the rule of law.

Where It's Happening

What We're Doing

Join the Work



Egypt’s Targeting Of Human Rights Defenders Is No Way to Fight Terrorism

WASHINGTON — Sentencing human rights defenders (HRDs) to long terms in prison is no way to confront terrorism, Human Rights First said today in response to the conviction of leading…


An Insider View: January 6th Coup Attempt Demonstrated the Need for Proactive Human Rights Tools and DHS Leadership

A year ago the United States experienced the most existential threat to its imperfect democracy since the Civil War. The attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th reached…



Federal trials protect human rights—and the United States. Military commissions at Gitmo, now in their third incarnation, are a failed experiment. Structurally shoddy and constitutionally dubious, they have produced few…


Human Rights First Statement on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON — Human Rights First’s President and CEO Mike Breen, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11, with the following statement. “Two decades after…



20 Years After 9/11: Rights-Based Policies for a New Era


Human Rights First Decries Lack of Accountability in Bill for Capitol Insurrection Commission

WASHINGTON — Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation to create a bipartisan, independent, 9/11-style commission to examine the events surrounding the Capitol insurrection on January 6th. While we are encouraged…


Human Rights First Demands Justice For The Assault On the Capitol

Washington – Human Rights First today urges immediate action to bring those responsible for the assault on our nation’s Capitol to justice. “In a country where the rule of law…



The Biden Administration Can and Must Help Save Abdulrahman al-Sadhan


Amicus Brief – al-Hela v. Biden

Human Rights First, alongside Reprieve US and the law firm of Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC, filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the petitioner in Abdulsalam Ali Abdulrahman…

Amicus Briefs