About Us

Discover What Defines Us & What Our Employees Are Saying

Our Mission &
Values Guide Us

Human Rights Watch defends the rights of people worldwide. We scrupulously investigate abuses, expose the facts widely, and pressure those with power to respect rights and secure justice. HRW 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.

Our work is guided by international human rights and humanitarian law and respect for the dignity of each human being.

To ensure our independence, we do not accept government funds, directly or indirectly, or support from any private funder that could compromise our objectivity and independence. We do not embrace political causes, are non-partisan, and maintain neutrality in armed conflict.

We are committed to maintaining high standards of accuracy and fairness, including by seeking out multiple perspectives to develop an in- depth, analytic understanding of events. We recognize a particular responsibility for the victims and witnesses who have shared their experiences with us.

We succeed only when our actions lead to positive and sustainable change. We are never complacent, always on the lookout for new opportunities to advance our cause. We also are committed to working on difficult situations, where long-term attention is required for meaningful impact.

We work closely with a broad range of local and international civil society actors to maximize our impact. We speak out against attacks on civil society and defend the political space within which the broader human rights movement operates.

Our Voices

Benefits of Joining the HRW Team

We couldn’t achieve our mission without our employees and the work that they do everyday. This is why we strive to support them in every way possible. We offer our employees a comprehensive total compensation package:

  • Competitive Salaries
  • Employer-paid Health Insurance for you and your family
  • Paid Time Off
  • Life Insurance
  • Rich Retirement Savings Contributions
  • Wellness Resources

Our Learning and Training Opportunities

To help our employees excel, we provide a variety of training opportunities and in-house events. We organize team retreats, workshops, and mentor programs to help our employees connect, network and learn from each other!

“I work on human rights issues like religious violence or police torture and while these might be difficult subjects, the people that you meet are very resilient, and that inspires me to come to work every day.”

Elaine Pearson
Australia Director

"The most fulfilling part of my job is being a philanthropic matchmaker – introducing individuals with the means and desire to make a difference to an organization that is bringing about change."

Sharon Kwong
Associate, Development & Outreach Department

“The great thing about working for HRW is the feeling of belonging. I have the freedom to be creative in finding solutions and I receive the support needed to implement them.”

Selwan Salman
IT Regional Manager, Global IT Services

"As part of the communications team, I work with researchers who are at the front lines, reporting on issues that may not be covered otherwise. I feel fortunate to work for an organization whose mission it is to protect and defend the rights of people worldwide."

Nazish Dholakia
Media Desk Officer, Communications Division

"I work in Washington, D.C. to reach policy makers and say “you need to consider human rights when you make changes to the law”."

Antonio Ginatta
Advocacy Director

"As a researcher, I carry out in-depth investigations into police and prison abuses in Brazil that I could never do as a reporter. As a result, my work is having an impact on people's lives!"

Cesar Munoz
Senior Researcher, Americas Division

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