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Human Rights First (formerly known as the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan human rights organization based in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Human Rights First
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Motto American ideals. Universal values.
Formation 1978
Headquarters New York, NY
Elisa Massimino
Former President
Michael Posner


Leadership boardEdit

Human Rights First is governed by a board of directors composed of 67 members, including a 34-person Board of Advocates and a six-person Emeritus Board.[1]


Pro Bono Legal Representation for Asylum SeekersEdit

Human Rights First's pro bono legal representation program [2] matches good lawyers with asylum-seekers who need help and would not otherwise be able to afford high-quality legal representation.

The organization helps asylum seekers living in the greater Washington D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, and Houston metropolitan areas who do not already have legal representation, cannot afford an attorney, and need help with a claim for asylum or other protection-based form of immigration status. The organization's New York and Houston offices can also help people who are seeking asylum from within a nearby immigration detention center.


  1. ^ "Board of Directors". Human Rights First. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
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