The United States Program of Human Rights Watch protects and promotes the fundamental rights and dignity of every person subject to the authority of the US government. We investigate and expose systemic human rights violations committed by the US federal, state and local governments, with the aim of ensuring racial equity across issue areas but with a particular focus on immigration, the criminal legal system, and achieving racial justice in the United States. We prioritize issues affecting people who are most likely to have difficulty vindicating their rights through the political process or in the courts. Our investigations become the basis for strategic advocacy to press those in power to effect changes in laws and policies to respect fundamental rights.