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International Monitoring

The Advocates has monitored human rights conditions and produced more than 75 reports documenting human rights practices in more than 25 countries. The Advocates has led volunteers on international fact-finding trips to document human rights violations of the economic and social rights of children, rights in the administration of justice, harassment of human rights defenders, military and police abuses, restrictions on freedom of the press, and other human rights issues. Since 2002, The Advocates has adapted human rights monitoring methods to contribute to the success of transitional justice in countries such as Peru, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The Advocates' international monitoring work related to the rights of women has been especially successful. The Advocates works with local organizations to document human rights abuses against women, including domestic violence, rape, sexual harassment in the workplace, and trafficking in women and girls. The Advocates has partnered with organizations in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Morocco, Nepal, Mexico and Haiti, as well as in Minnesota. Staff and volunteers conduct in-country research through close collaboration with local women's non-governmental organizations, using traditional human rights fact-finding methods to document violations of women's human rights and support local activists advocating for change. To learn more, visit www.stopvaw.org.

National Monitoring:
The Advocates adapts international human rights monitoring methods to improve human rights protections for people in the United States and our local communities.

Human Rights Monitoring Tools and Resources:
Materials listed here outline the tools and best practices used by groups and individuals around the world to bring human rights violations to light and to hold those responsible for human rights violations accountable.

International Justice:
The Advocates develops practical and sustainable strategies to assist post-conflict countries in moving toward peace and accountability.

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Help shine a light on human rights abuses in the United States and around the world.