The United States, with a contradictory history of promoting and disregarding international human rights abroad, has a similarly mixed record at home.


In our work on US domestic human rights violations, Human Rights Watch prioritizes those that arise from the coercive, penal, or custodial powers of the government; from discrimination; or from insufficient access to the courts.

Within these priorities, we have focused on these five areas of work:

Photograph: Four men are questioned about drugs by police in Chicago’s South Side. © 2009 Jon Lowenstein/NOOR

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