Rights Working Group

  • DC


1725 DeSales Street, NW
Suite 600
United States

About Us

Formed in the aftermath of September 11th, RWG is a national coalition of civil liberties, national security, immigrant rights and human rights organizations committed to protecting the rights of all people in the U.S. RWG seeks to ensure that everyone in the United States is guaranteed due process and human rights protections, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, race, national origin, religion or ethnicity. With more than 250 member organizations across the United States, RWG works to mobilize a grassroots constituency and advance an advocacy agenda that demands accountability from the U.S. government for the equal protection of human rights.

In 2008, the RWG coalition launched a campaign to Hold the Department of Homeland Security Accountable! which asks the U.S. government to end immigration raids that deny due process, inhumane detention conditions and indefinite detention, and naturalization backlogs caused by the profiling of applicants based on national origin or religion. In 2009, the coalition will launch a new Campaign to End Racial Profiling, which will target post-9/11 profiling, war on drugs profiling, and profiling by local police trying to enforce federal immigration laws.

Our Principles Protecting civil liberties and human rights for all is a core American value. Below are the Principles that guide our work:

  • Ensure due process and the right to a fair trial for all people jailed by the government, including meaningful access to the courts, the right to counsel, the right to know the charge against them, and the right to a fair bond.
  • End arbitrary and indefinite detentions and arbitrary and unfair deportations.
  • Ensure that government authorities do not subject anyone to cruel or abusive treatment or torture.
  • End selective enforcement of the laws, including immigration laws based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or gender, as well as, speech or belief.
  • Ensure that the United States is a safe haven from persecution with fair and just asylum procedures.
  • Protect everyone's rights to privacy and right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures, including upholding constitutional limits on secret surveillance.
  • Protect everyone's right to free exercise of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, including the right to dissent, without fear of government spying or intimidation.
  • Respect the First Amendment and preserve the principle of open government by ending secret arrests, secret detentions, and secret trials.

Rights Working Group is a project of Public Interest Projects.

Hiring Policy:Public Interest Projects is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected status.

We appreciate your interest and wish we could respond to all who apply. Please know that due to volume, we will only be able to contact those whose applications are being considered.