Non-Government Organizations (NGOs)

NonGovernment Organizations – NGOs (NYC area)

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS): The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) is an international association established in 1963 to foster professional and scholarly activities in the field of criminal justice. ACJS promotes criminal justice education, research, and policy analysis within the discipline of criminal justice for both educators and practitioners.

Amnesty International (AI): Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members, and activists in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. Their vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and other international human rights standards. They are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest, or religion, and are funded mainly by membership and public donations.

Covenant House: Their job is to protect the rights of young people... to fight for these rights... to speak for those who have no voice of their own. Covenant House doesn't forget about all the kids who are no longer here because no one cared – they hold their memory in their hearts while moving forward in efforts to help all the scared and lonely kids who are still out there waiting. Homeless kids have rights. They have the right to a home, the right to food, the right to guidance and an education, the right to be free from sexual, emotional, or physical abuse, and the right to be free from exploitation. These kids have the right to be safe and – most importantly – to be loved.

Daytop Village: Daytop provides compassionate, family oriented substance abuse treatment for adults and teens.

Equality Now: Founded in 1992, Equality Now is an organization that advocates for the human rights of women and girls around the world by raising international visibility of individual cases of abuse, mobilizing public support through global membership, and wielding strategic political pressure to ensure that governments enact or enforce laws and policies that uphold the rights of women and girls.

Harm Reduction Coalition: The Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that works to promote the health and dignity of individuals and communities who are impacted by drug use.

HELP/Project Samaritan: HELP/PSI, a nonprofit 501(c)3, is a person-centered, comprehensive, health-and-wellness organization serving over 12,000 New Yorkers annually with a particular focus on care for underserved populations experiencing co-occurring morbidities who face barriers to accessing primary and mental healthcare. Professional clinicians operate six unique programs within 10 different sites throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens including: Primary Care, Mental Healthcare, Dental Care, Health Home, Adult Day Healthcare, Residential Healthcare, and Outreach.

Human Rights First: Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. They believe American leadership is essential in the struggle for human rights, so they press the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. When they don’t, HRF steps in to demand reform, accountability, and justice. Around the world, HRF works where they can best harness American influence to secure core freedoms. (NYC/Washington DC)

Human Rights Watch: Human Rights Watch defends the rights of people worldwide. They scrupulously investigate abuses, expose the facts widely, and pressure those with power to respect rights and secure justice. Human Rights Watch is an independent, international organization that works as part of a vibrant movement to uphold human dignity and advance the cause of human rights for all. 

International Rescue Committee (IRC): The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.

National Resources Defense Council (NRDC): NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists, and other professionals.

Open Society Foundations (OSF): The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. 

Partnership At Drug Free: They are working toward a vision where all young people will be able to live their lives free of drug and alcohol abuse. By bringing together renowned scientists, parent experts, and communications professionals, The Partnership at translates the science of teen drug use and addiction for families. At, you can find a wealth of information, tools, and opportunities to help prevent and get help for drug and alcohol abuse by teens and young adults.

Phoenix House: In 1972, Phoenix House became an independent nonprofit organization, and has since grown to become the nation’s leading provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention services, operating more than 123 programs in 11 states. Currently, they care for a population of more than 6,000 men, women, and adolescents. Phoenix House works with teens at risk, supports clients in recovery, and offers a wide range of treatment options for adults and adolescents.

Population Council: The Population Council conducts research to address critical health and development issues. Their work allows couples to plan their families, and chart their futures. They help people avoid HIV infection and access life-saving HIV services. And they empower girls to protect themselves, and have a say in their own lives. They conduct research and programs in more than 50 countries. Their New York headquarters supports a global network of offices in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO): UNESCO is known as the "intellectual" agency of the United Nations. At a time when the world is looking for new ways to build peace and sustainable development, people must rely on the power of intelligence to innovate, expand their horizons, and sustain the hope of a new humanism. UNESCO exists to bring this creative intelligence to life; for it is in the minds of men and women that the defenses of peace and the conditions for sustainable development must be built.

UNICEF: UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. They have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. That makes them unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young.

World Policy Institute: A non-partisan source of global policy analysis and thought leadership for nearly five decades, World Policy Institute focuses on complex challenges that demand cooperative policy solutions to achieve: an inclusive and sustainable global market economy, engaged global civic participation and effective governance, and collaborative approaches to national and global security. It seeks to introduce fresh ideas and new voices on critical shared issues -- like migration, climate change, technology, economic development, human rights, and counter-terrorism –that cannot be solved from traditional "foreign-versus-domestic" boxes.

NonGovernment Organizations – NGOs (Washington, DC)

Break the Chain (Institute for Policy Studies): The Break the Chain Campaign seeks to prevent and address the abuse and exploitation of migrant women workers through holistic direct services, leadership training, community engagement, and survivor-driven outreach and training. The Institute Policy Studies started Break the Chain Campaign (BTCC) in 1997 after an expose in the Washington City Paper by IPS Fellow Martha Honey (entitled "Capital Slaves"), which chronicled the lives of women living in virtual slavery while working as domestic servants for officials of the World Bank and other international agencies. 

Catholic Relief Services: Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, they have expanded in size to reach almost 100 million people in 93 countries on five continents. Their mission is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life, and the dignity of the human person. Although their mission is rooted in the Catholic faith, their operations serve people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion, or ethnicity. Within the United States, CRS engages Catholics to live their faith in solidarity with the poor and suffering people of the world.

Children’s Defense Fund: The Children's Defense Fund grew out of the Civil Rights Movement under the leadership of Marian Wright Edelman. The first Black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, Mrs. Edelman directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Miss.; worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as counsel for his Poor People's Campaign; and dedicated her early career to defending the civil liberties of people struggling to overcome poverty and discrimination. In 1969, Mrs. Edelman began the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm that monitored federal programs for low-income families and, out of that initiative, she founded the Children's Defense Fund in 1973.

EarthRights International (ERI): EarthRights International (ERI) is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, which they define as "earth rights." They specialize in fact-finding, legal actions against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, training grassroots and community leaders, and advocacy campaigns. Through these strategies, EarthRights International seeks to end earth rights abuses, to provide real solutions for real people, and to promote and protect human rights and the environment in the communities where we work.

Global Rights: Global Rights believes in the dignity and equality of all human beings. They believe systemic change begins with the individual and the community. Founded in 1978, Global Rights is a human rights organization working in partnership with local activists in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to build grass roots movements that promote and protect the rights of populations marginalized because of gender, ethnicity, race, socio-economic status, gender identity, or disability. They are unique among organizations in this arena because their model works and builds impact from the broad base of society upwards, teaching and training coalitions, organizations and individuals with a participatory approach that fosters long-term transparency and sustainable change. Global Rights is distinctive in its grass roots approach that strengthens partners to document and expose human rights abuses, conduct community outreach and mobilization, advocate for legal and policy reform, and provide legal and paralegal services.

Greenpeace USA: Greenpeace defends the natural world, and promotes peace by investigating, exposing, and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions

International Justice Mission (IJM): In nearly 20 communities throughout the developing world, IJM protects the poor from violence by partnering with local authorities to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems.

National Wildlife Federation: As in nature, NWF has strength in numbers. The National Wildlife Federation works closely with those who span the social and political spectrum, but who are connected by a common commitment to conservation. Their ability to meet the needs of wildlife is inextricably linked to the amazing individuals, groups, organizations, and corporations they call supporters. Together, NWF forms a pack, leveraging influence to safeguard America’s wildlife and wild places.

Oxfam International: Around the globe, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. They save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes, and campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them.

Pew Charitable Trusts: The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public, and stimulate civic life. Today, Pew is a global research and public policy organization, still operated as an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization dedicated to serving the public. Informed by the founders’ interest in research, practical knowledge, and a robust democracy, their portfolio has grown over time to include public opinion research; arts and culture; and environmental, health, state, and consumer policy initiatives.

World Resources Institute (WRI): WRI is a global research organization that works closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain a healthy environment—the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being.

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