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Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (LCHR)

330 Seventh Ave., 10th Floor N.

New York, NY 10001
phone: +1 (212) 629-6170
fax: +1 (212) 967-0916
email: nyc@lchr.org

Formerly the Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights, the LCHR was founded in 1975, as a joint project of the Council of New York Law Associates and the International League for Human Rights. Its founders believed that lawyers' skills could be used to redress violations of international human rights. Originally funded with the assistance of grants from the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, it now has an annual budget of $750,000. The committee focuses primarily on four types of human rights matters: (1) reports to international organizations, (2) representation of individual clients, (3) domestic compliance with international human rights law, and (4) use of domestic laws to protect human rights.

In pursuing these goals, the committee's volunteer lawyers routinely represent individuals, participate in impact litigation, and file amicus briefs at all levels of the federal courts. For example, by arranging for U.S. government intervention, the committee has secured release of political prisoners. It also negotiates for exit visas and handles numerous political asylum cases through its Political Asylum Project, which provides assistance to over 150 individuals each year. Through the project, the committee often files amicus briefs in asylum or entry cases, alone or in concert with other concerned groups.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Kohn, A. (1985). "Volunteer Lawyers Offer Hope to Cause of Human Rights," New York Law Journal 194:1, December 30.

Singer, A. (1987). "Human Rights Defender Michael Posner: Advocate in the Danger Zone," American Lawyer 9:97, September.


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