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WITNESS uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations.

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Contact. WITNESS, 80 Hanson Place, 5th Fl. Brooklyn, NY 11217 ph: 718.783.2000 f: 718.783.1593


Mission: WITNESS uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. We empower people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.

Values and Vision: We envision a just and equitable world where all individuals and communities are able to defend and uphold human rights.

We value:

  • The fundamental principles of human rights and creating positive change that defend and uphold those rights for individuals and communities;
  • Collaboration and partnership that ensures the greatest levels of participation, inclusiveness, and responsiveness;
  • Access to resources and strategies that empower and engage the voice and agency of communities and individuals; Continued learning and sharing of knowledge to promote innovation and to advance human rights; and Diversity of voices in all aspects of our work.

We seek to uphold and respect these values in our operations and governance and to:

  • Be guided in our daily work by human rights principles of dignity, equality and non-discrimination in all internal and external relationships;
  • Encourage participation from all levels of the organization and be as open as possible to collaborative engagement with a diverse range of allies;
  • Explore and implement new technologies and make an effort to counter the challenges of access and equity that still exist in relations to these tools;
  • Strive to create an environment that promotes voice and agency, in a world characterized by discrepancies in access to opportunity and power;
  • Be ethical and responsible in our use of visual media;
  • Remain open-minded to new ideas and change in all aspects of our work, and share – without holding ownership – new strategies and innovations for social change;
  • Embrace a diverse representation among our staff, board members, volunteers; and Refuse sources of finance deriving from activities that conflict with our vision, values and goals as an institution.

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