Freedom of expression and belief is a fundamental right most of us take for granted. But around the world, journalists, human rights defenders, politicians, and religious figures are unjustly imprisoned for holding views that their governments do not tolerate. Many of these “prisoners of conscience” have dedicated their lives to advancing human rights – so Freedom Now amplifies their voices, and works to set them free. Each case undergoes a thorough legal review; once accepted, staff and volunteer attorneys provide pro bono legal representation and petition international tribunals, such as the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, for the prisoner’s release. Advocacy and public relations campaigns raise awareness, engaging influential policymakers and officials to strengthen the case and increase pressure on the detaining government. Since 2001, Freedom Now has helped release 100 prisoners (15 in the first half of 2016 alone). Your support returns courageous individuals to their families and communities – and to their essential work of advocating for a more just and peaceful world.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: Internationally; ; Azerbaijan; Bahrain; Burma; China; Ethiopia; Gambia; Iran; Mauritania; Rwanda; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; United Kingdom; Uzbekistan; Vietnam; Western Sahara

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

  • Number of individuals freed from prison:   175
  • Letters coordinated with government offcials, Nobel Prize laurates and others inuential individuals calling for the release of our clients:   39
  • Legal briefs filed with various international bodies on behalf of our clients:   78
  • Emergency funds raised to help our clients:   $17,000
  • Number of hours of volunteer work we recorded in 2015:   2,082

Awards & Recognition

Committee for Religious Freedom in Vietnam - Citation - May 2005 - For Outstanding Leadership in Promoting Human Rights and Religious Freedom in Vietnam

Charles Bronfman Prize - October 2010 - Presented to Freedom Now Founder Jared Genser

International Bar Association - International Human Rights Award -July 2013 - Presented to Freedom Now Founder Jared Genser


Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Freedom Now is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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