• An outreach team from Unity Of Greater New Orleans counsels a homeless man on housing options, January 2011.
    (New York) – Louisiana state laws and practices that prohibit access to sterile syringes and criminalize sex work contribute to an uncontrolled HIV epidemic and an extremely high AIDS death rate, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The AIDS death rate in Louisiana is more than double the US average. New Orleans police regularly interfere with sex workers who carry condoms, putting them and their clients at risk of HIV.


  • Retaliation against Sexual Assault Survivors in the US Military
  • Use of Force against Inmates with Mental Disabilities in US Jails and Prisons
  • The Tribal Council at Lower Brule and its Impact on Human Rights

US Domestic Policy

  • May 19, 2015
    As the Senate considers the USA Freedom Act this week, policymakers should strengthen it by limiting large-scale collection of records and reinforcing transparency and carrying court reforms further. The Senate should also take care not to weaken the bill, and should reject any amendments that would require companies to retain personal data for longer than is necessary for business purposes.
  • May 18, 2015
  • May 15, 2015
    It's the time of year when politicians line up to praise mothers. Last year, President Barack Obama even issued a lighthearted public service announcement reminding his audience not to forget the holiday. But this year, thanks to some of those same politicians, more than a thousand migrant mothers and children in the United States will spend Mother’s Day behind bars.
  • May 15, 2015
    Indefinite detention of asylum-seeking mothers and their children in the United States takes a severe psychological toll, Human Rights Watch said today. Mothers from 25 detained families, including 10 who had been locked up for 8 to 10 months, described to Human Rights Watch their family’s trauma, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
  • May 15, 2015
    A submission by Human Rights Watch featuring our comments on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of the world drug problem, in the lead-up to the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs scheduled for April 2016.
  • May 13, 2015
    This letter, signed by 188 organizations, went to President Obama on May 12, 2015, calling for an end to family detention.
  • May 12, 2015

    Jail and prison staff throughout the United States have used unnecessary, excessive, and even malicious force against prisoners with mental disabilities, Human Rights Watch charged in a report released today.

  • May 7, 2015
    The United States should make concrete commitments to address serious human rights problems during a United Nations review of its human rights record.
  • Apr 30, 2015
    The United States Congress should swiftly pass the USA Freedom Act to thwart bulk data collection and improve transparency and oversight of surveillance in the US. The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill on April 30, 2015.
  • Apr 28, 2015