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You can help to promote human rights! Whether you have two minutes or several hours, there are many ways to engage and become part of the movement.

How do you say, "I am an Advocate"?
Submit a 2-6 second video or YouTube link of you and/or your friends and family saying "I am an advocate" or "We are advocates." For every video we receive, an anonymous donor will give $1 toward ending human trafficking and ensuring fair and just immigration laws. To participate, click here.

Featured Campaign

Dignity, Not Detention: Preserving Human Rights and Restoring Justice A campaign to stop the expansion of detention nationally.

The campaign includes site fights in Arizona, Georgia and Texas to stop local detention expansion, underscore the impact of national detention policy on local communities, and highlight the human rights crisis resulting from detention growth. The campaign’s national advocacy goals include the reduction in detention spending by the Obama Administration, the use of secure release options as a meaningful alternative to detention; the restoration of due process to immigration laws, and the end of expansion of enforcement programs (i.e. ICE ACCESS) that are contributing to the growth of the detention system.

As Americans, we have a responsibility to uphold our core values: dignity, human rights, and due process of law. All people, regardless of race or country of origin, deserve fair and equal treatment by the government.

Sign on to the Dignity, Not Detention campaign.

Participate in the First Sunday Faith Action at the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center, an ongoing event organized by the Interfaith Coalition on Immigration. The faith action is open to the public and takes place at 2:30 p.m. at 425 Grove Street in St. Paul.

Learn about detention of immigrants in the U.S. and in Minnesota.


Represent people in detained immigration court through the Minnesota Detention Project. The Detention Project began in early 2001 as a partnership of The Advocates for Human Rights, Centro Legal, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, and WMCL and today includes the University of St. Thomas Law School Immigration Clinic, the University of Minnesota Immigration and Human Rights Clinics, and the law firm of Faegre & Benson, L.L.P.  Listen to a profile of the work of the Minnesota Detention Project. Contact Emily Good at 612-341-3302 x122 for more information about volunteering with the Minnesota Detention Project.


The Advocates for Human Rights is a volunteer-based organization. As such, it relies upon hundreds of volunteers – teachers, lawyers, artists, students, doctors, and community leaders – who generously share their time, energy, and expertise each year. Volunteers often tell us that “this is the most important work I do.” Find out how you can offer your time and expertise to give others human dignity, respect, and the rights granted to them by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights


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The Advocates is a nonprofit organization that works to support opportunities for public engagement on issues affecting human rights; promotes nonpartisan efforts to encourage participation in policy making to support implementation of human rights; and provides and supports public forums for discussion about the potential and real effects of policies on human rights. The Advocates co-sponsors some events and actions that promote the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. If you are seeking The Advocates’ co-sponsorship of an event, please click here.