What we are

HumanRights.gov is the official United States Government (USG) website for human rights related information. The site’s search function links users directly with news, reports and explanatory information from the State Department, USG agencies and other resources, allowing for easy access to publicly available documents. We provide a one-stop site for researching the USG’s involvement in human rights.

What we are not

We cannot handle any submissions or reports about human rights abuses. Below is a list of offices which may be able to better direct information concerning human rights abuses and issues.

For issues related to human trafficking and slavery, please contact the Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Office, or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Human Smuggling and Trafficking Unit.

To report international human rights abuses, please contact the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

To report information related to the United States, please contact the Department of Justice’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, or U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement’ Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center.

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