“A man dies when he refuses to stand up for what is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.”Dr. Martin Luther King
Don’t fall trap to a victim mindset. If you’re the target of non-consensual human experimentation or other civil rights violation, resolve to do something about it. As long as there are advocates for human rights and government officials, sworn to uphold the Constitution, there is hope. Speak up! Only once our plight is known, can it be redressed.
Some things to consider when appealing to potential advocates
- Choose your words and craft your approach with care, when championing a “fringe” cause such as this, lest you propagate the stereotype of the “tinfoil hat wearing nut-case”.
- Stick to the facts. Explain how you are being targeted and cite reputable sources and verifiable policies and legislation that pertain to your case. Don’t go off on a conspiracy theory tangent or make wild claims (any wilder than they have to be).
- Don’t come out swinging. When approaching a legislator, do not assume they are in on it but instead, consider them as a potential ally.
- Have someone else, who is not a target, proofread your letters, to ensure they are as persuasive as possible.
- If you choose to call or meet in face-to-face, have bullet-points prepared in advance.
Civil Rights Organizations
Amnesty International is a worldwide civil rights organization that has been fighting to ensure equal treatment for all people since 1961. Their mission is to fight all kinds of abuses of civil rights throughout the world through seeking to change laws that are oppressive and bringing to justice those who abuse the rights of others. As a few examples, the organization strives to eliminate the death penalty, secret detentions, and torture. The group also seeks to protect freedom of expression and basic human dignity, among other human rights.
Alliance for Justice is committed to creating a just, free, and equitable society
The Human Rights Action Center (HRAC) is a voice for the voiceless and an advocate for human rights for all of the world. HRAC partners with leaders in the creative arts world (music, theater, film, written word) to focus awareness on areas of critical importance in the struggle for human rights and lend a hand to some of the less-publicized cases of human rights abuse and neglect.
Human Rights Watch investigates and reports on abuses happening in all corners of the world. We are roughly 450 people of 70-plus nationalities who are country experts, lawyers, journalists, and others who work to protect the most at risk, from vulnerable minorities and civilians in wartime, to refugees and children in need. We direct our advocacy towards governments, armed groups and businesses, pushing them to change or enforce their laws, policies and practices. To ensure our independence, we refuse government funding and carefully review all donations to ensure that they are consistent with our policies, mission, and values. We partner with organizations large and small across the globe to protect embattled activists and to help hold abusers to account and bring justice to victims.
Human Rights Without Frontiers International (HRWF Int’l) is a non-profit association that seeks to shape European and international policy in ways that strengthen democracy, uphold the rule of law and protect human rights globally.
The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
The Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law.
Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) is committed to protecting basic rights for vulnerable individuals and challenging economic and racial injustice. The civil rights group seeks to put a stop to mass incarceration, the death penalty, and other forms of excessive punishment. The group’s work includes challenging the death penalty, legal representation for those who have been illegally or unfairly sentenced or convicted, outreach to marginalized communities where equal treatment is not the norm, criminal justice reform efforts, and more.
The Carter Center is guided by the principles of our Founders, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. Founded, in partnership with Emory University, on a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering, the Center seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.
The Center for Victims of Torture, is forging new ways to advance human rights and build a future free from torture, through research, training, advocacy and healing services for survivors.
National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, criminal record, economic status, gender, gender expression, or sexuality.
The Center for Constitutional Rights stands with social justice movements and communities under threat—fusing litigation, advocacy, and narrative shifting to dismantle systems of oppression regardless of the risk.
The Brennan Center for Justice is an independent, nonpartisan law and policy organization that works to reform, revitalize, and when necessary, defend our country’s systems of democracy and justice.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.
Equal Justice Under Law is a nonprofit law organization dedicated to achieving equality in the criminal system and ending cycles of poverty across the nation.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition.
The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice created in 1957 by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin.
The IC3 accepts online Internet crime complaints from either the actual victim or from a third party to the complainant.
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