Rights Working Group (RWG) formed in the aftermath of September 11th to promote and protect the human rights of all people in the United States. A coalition of more than 350 local, state and national organizations, RWG works collaboratively to advocate for the civil liberties and human rights of everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status.
Rights Working Group envisions a society where people live with freedom, respect, dignity and equality and strong protections of their civil liberties and human rights, particularly the right to due process and equal protection under the law.
Rights Working Group convenes and mobilizes its diverse constituencies and amplifies their efforts to hold the U.S. government accountable to protecting human rights, focusing on the evolving connections among national security, counter-terrorism, immigration enforcement and criminal justice policies and systems.
The following core values underpin the coalition’s work:
Human rights for all. Rights Working Group believes that all people have fundamental, inalienable rights under the U.S. Constitution and international law that deserve the full and equal protection of the law.
Leadership of those directly affected. RWG believes that those individuals and communities who are most affected by rights violations should lead the organizing and advocacy to demand change. We value the work of member organizations on the ground as critical to the leadership of our campaigns.
Diversity and equity. RWG is committed to a leadership structure that represents diverse communities and to advancing an agenda that promotes equity for all.
Collaboration. RWG’s strength rests in its commitment to effective collaboration that seeks to bring about broad systemic change and a racially just society.
Transparency and accountability. RWG is committed to transparent and open communications about our goals, strategies and campaigns in order to enable our constituencies to hold us accountable for the work.
Protecting civil liberties and human rights for all is a core American value. Below are the Principles that guide our work: