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American Friends Service Committee

A Quaker organization which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Regions: Asia, Africa, Latin America, Middle East.

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1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia
PA 19102
USA
Phone: (215) 241-7000
Fax: (215) 241-7275
Website: http://www.afsc.org/default.htm
Email: afscinfo@afsc.org

American Kurdish Information Network (AKIN)

The American Kurdish Information Network (AKIN) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization established in 1993. Its aim is to increase awareness about the Kurds. AKIN is comprised of Americans of Kurdish origin and recent Kurdish immigrants and refugees from all walks of life: entrepreneurs, blue- and white-collar workers, students, and American supporters. AKIN collects, translates, and disseminates information about the Kurds. It hopes to become a valuable resource center for policy makers, scholars, and students of the region. At the same time, it seeks to promote understanding between the Kurds and the Americans. In Kurdistan, AKIN wants the killings to stop, peace to prevail, and the will of the people to be respected and accepted.

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2600 Connecticut Avenue NW #1
Washington
DC 20008-1558
USA
Phone: (202) 483-6444
Fax: (202) 483-6476
Website: http://www.kurdistan.org
Email :akin@kurdistan.org

American Muslims for Global Peace and Justice

American Muslims for Global Peace and Justice, briefly called Global Peace, is a non-profit grass-root organization established in February 1998 for the purpose of educating, aligning and mobilizing fellow Americans on issues of human dignity, freedom, peace and justice.

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1200 G Street, NW, Suite# 800
Washington, DC 20005
USA
Phone: (202)434-8758
Fax: (202)434-8757
Email: info@GlobalPeaceAndJustice.org

American Near East Refugee Aid

Aids Refugees in the following areas: IT, Agriculture, Health, Economy (industry and income generation), Infrastructure and Community, Scholarship, Education and Youth Programs, Environment, Humanitarian Aid and Relief.

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1522 K Street
NW Suite 202 Washington
D.C. 20005
USA Website: http://www.anera.org/
Email: anera@mail.anera.org

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

The American-Arab Anti- Discrimination Committee (ADC) is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage. ADC, which is non-sectarian and non-partisan, is the largest Arab-American grassroots organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980 by former Senator James Abourezk and has chapters nationwide.

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4201 Connecticut Ave, N.W
Suite 300 Washington
D.C. 20008 USA
Phone: (202) 244-2990
Fax: (202) 244-3196
Website: http://www.adc.org/
Email: ADC@adc.org

Arab American Action Network

The Arab American Action Network (AAAN) is a not-for-profit organization based in Chicago. The network is committed to empowerment through advocacy, action and education, while expanding the resources and services available to our community. For its success and growth, AAAN relies on the dedication and hard work of its staff, and a network board members, volunteers, friends and contributors that spans the city of Chicago and the world. AAAN believes in combining social service with work for social change and justice in the United States and in the Middle East.

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3148 West 63rd Street
Chicago IL 60629
Phone: 773-436-6060
Fax: 773-436-6460
Website: http://aaan.org
Email: aaan@aaan.org

Arab Women's Solidarity Association

The Arab Women's Solidarity Association was founded in Egypt in 1982. It was established by a group of 120 women who agreed that the struggle for the liberation of Arab people and freedom from economic, cultural and media domination cannot be separated from the liberation of Arab women. By 1985, AWSA had 3,000 members internationally and was granted consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations as an Arab non-governmental organization (UN ECOSCO). As an international non-profit organization, AWSA promotes Arab women's active participation in social, economic, cultural, and political life.

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7309 Hawmarket Lane
Raleigh
North Carolina 27615
USA
Phone: 919-848-4738 or 919-272-8685
Fax: 919-846-7422
Website: http://www.awsa.net/
Email: awsa_sc@yahoo.com

Center for Gender and Refugee Studies

CGRS provides legal expertise and resources to attorneys representing women asylum-seekers fleeing gender related harm, and also works to coordinate legal and public policy advocacy efforts through domestic and international networking. US based, includes international content, offering information, campaigns, assistance, campaigns and links.

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Website: http://www.uchastings.edu/cgrs/

Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation

The Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation was established in 1989 by Slim Fast Foods Chairman S. Daniel Abraham and Utah Congressman Wayne Owens. A World War II combat veteran, Mr. Abraham had experienced the horrors of war and committed himself to the prevention of future conflicts. When he met Congressman Owens, who served on the House Foreign Affairs and Select Intelligence Committees, the two men recognized that they shared a determination to achieve a peaceful resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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633 Pennsylvania Avenue
NW - Fifth Floor Washington
DC 20004
USA
Phone: 202.624.0850
Fax: 202.624.0855
Website: http://www.centerpeace.org/
Email: aclay@centerpeace.org

Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy

The Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID) is a non-profit organization, based in Washington DC, dedicated to studying Islamic and democratic political thought and merging them into a modern Islamic democratic discourse.

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P.O. Box 864
Burtonsville
MD 20866
USA
Phone / Fax: (202) 251-3036
Website: http://islam-democracy.org/index.asp
Email: feedback@islam-democracy.org

Council for Palestinian Restitution and Repatriation (CPRR)

The Council for Palestinian Restitution and Repatriation (CPRR) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization created to provide legal assistance to Palestinian refugees and their heirs and to educate the public about the legitimate rights of Palestinians.

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CPRR, P. O. Box 3697
Washington D.C. 20007
USA
Phone: (775) 418-5980
Email: info@rightofreturn.org

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

A nonprofit, grass-roots membership organization dedicated to presenting an Islamic perspective on issues of importance to the American public. In offering that perspective, CAIR seeks to empower the Muslim community in America through political and social activism.

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453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
USA
Phone: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-488-0833
Website: http://www.cair-net.org/
Email: cair@cair-net.org

Derechos Human Rights

Derechos Human Rights is the first internet based human rights organization. Derechos' purpose is to work for the promotion and respect of human rights all over the world, for the right to privacy and against impunity for human rights violators. Derechos uses the internet as our primary information and communication tool. Derechos works with human rights organizations in Latin America and the world to bring you accurate and timely information on the human rights situation in their countries, as well as opportunities to help. The organization also coordinates several human rights mailing lists, publishes an internet human rights journal, and works on the preservation of memory and for justice for the disappeared.

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Derechos Human Rights
46 Estabrook St. San Leandro
CA 94577 USA
Phone: 510-483-4005
Fax: 208-275-3406
Website: http://www.derechos.org/human-rights/mena/
Email: hr@derechos.org

Dignity International Resource Center

Networking to end violence and sexual exploitation. Provides a directory of links for news, publications, documents, policy/law, campaigns, organizations and creative works.

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Website: http://www.uri.edu/dignity/

The Female Genital Mutilation Education and Networking Project

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FGM Education and Networking Project
P.O.Box 6597 Albany
CA 94706
USA
Phone: 510.234.4779
Fax: 1.801.720.1459
Website: http://www.fgmnetwork.org/
Email: fgm@fgmnetwork.org

Feminist Sexual Ethics Project, Brandeis University, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

The purpose of the website of the project on Feminist Sexual Ethics is to provide information and create dialogue around issues of gender, religion, sexuality, and, in our current research, slavery. On the site you will find original essays, a multitude of links and resources, and information of interest to a wide audience, from the general public to scholars conducting research.

The Islam section of the Feminist Sexual Ethics web site provides resources in English and Arabic addressing issues of sexual ethics and gender relations in Muslim communities and Islamic texts. The site provides a series of subsections that address key topics such as marriage contracts, divorce, veiling, same-sex sexual behavior and lesbian identity, obedience, honor killings, and other crucial subjects. For each topic, we bring together specific religious texts (verses of the Qurıan and selections from hadith); references to other sources, such as legal and exegetical writings; and interpretive commentary that serves as an introduction to the diversity of opinions on these subjects. We devote particular attention to progressive views. There is also an extensive bibliography. Our links section provides connections to many of the wonderful resources located elsewhere on the web, including your web page. We hope that our web site will become a frequent stop for all Muslims and non-Muslims committed to ensuring Muslim women full dignity and participation in matters of faith, family, and society.

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Feminist Sexual Ethics Project
Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Mailstop 054, P.O. Box 9110
Waltham, MA 02454
Phone: 781-736-3228
Fax: 781-736-2070
Website: http://www.brandeis.edu/projects/fse/
Islam section of website: http://www.brandeis.edu/projects/fse/Pages/islam.html
Email: fse_project@brandeis.edu

Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP)

The Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to informing Americans about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and assisting in a peaceful solution that brings security for both peoples. The Report on Israeli Settlement in the Occupied Territories, published bimonthly by FMEP, provides up-to-date information on Israel's settlement policies as well as the ongoing negotations with the Palestinians over the future of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Jerusalem.

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Website: http://www.fmep.org/
Email: info@fmep.org

Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights

The center works at the local, national and international level, combining research and teaching with service and advocacy. The Center's website provides information on its activities, publications, conferences, educational programs, Human Rights Program, AIDS Program, and features full-text excerpts of its international journal.

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François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights
Harvard School of Public Health 651 Huntington Avenue, 7th floor
Boston
MA 02115
USA
Phone: 617-432-0656
Website: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/fxbcenter
Email: fxbcenter@igc.org

Global Relief Foundation

A non-profit humanitarian organization working to provide care, support and relief to people in need throughout the world. Programs include education and training of children through establishing schools and scholarships.

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P.O. Box 1406
Bridgeview
IL 60455
USA
Phone: 1-888-256-2532
Phone: 708-233-1473
Fax: 708-233-1474

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. The organization stands with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. The organization investigates and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. It challenges governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law.

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350 Fifth Avenue
34th floor New York
NY 10118-3299
USA
Phone: 1-(212) 290-4700
Fax: 1-(212) 736-1300
Website (English): http://www.hrw.org/
Website (Arabic): http://www.hrw.org/arabic/
Email: hrwnyc@hrw.org

International Center for Research of Women

ICRW's mission is to improve the lives of women in poverty, advance women's equality and human rights, and contribute to the broader economic and social well-being. ICRW accomplishes this, in partnership with others, through research, capacity building, and advocacy on issues affecting women's economic, health, and social status in low- and middle-income countries.

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1717 Mass. Ave. #302
Washington, DC 20036
USA
Phone: 202-797-0007
Fax: 202-797-0020
Website: http://www.icrw.org/
Email: acmorden@icrw.org

International Human Rights Law Group

The International Human Rights Law Group is a non-profit organization engaged in advocacy, strategic human rights lawyering and training around the world. The mission is to empower local advocates to expand the scope of human rights protections and to promote broad participation in building human rights standards and procedures at the national, regional and international levels. With a diverse staff of international human rights professionals from over 20 countries, IHRLG works to develop and strengthen international human rights norms and the institutions that enforce them worldwide. At the same time, recognizing the critical role domestic groups play in challenging human rights abuses in their countries, the group develops programs to meet the needs expressed by local organizations to strengthen their capacity to respond to these abuses.

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1200 18th St. NW #602
Washington, DC 20036
USA
Phone: 202-822-4600
Fax: 202-822-4606
Website: http://www.hrlawgroup.org
Email: HumanRights@hrlawgroup.org

International Relief Association (IRA)

The International Relief Association aims at achieving a number of noble goals by: Delivering medical supplies and food to the needy and devastated people, to relieve them as quickly as possible; Taking care of widows, orphans and their families; Establishing charity programs for sponsoring disaster victims, building schools, establishing clinics for basic medical relief; and Developing job-training programs and providing work opportunities for the less fortunate men and women in the devastated areas to enable them to depend on themselvs to support their families. Focus: Iraq

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P.O. Box 56
24533 Harper Ave.
St. Clair Shores
MI 48080
USA
Phone: 1-800-827-3543
Email: ReliefUSA@aol.com

International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW)

IWRAW was set up to monitor the implementation of the CEDAW Convention. Is an international network of activists, scholars, and organizations that focus on the advancement of women's human rights. IWRAW supports nongovernmental groups, especially in developing countries, in their efforts to change law, culture, and society. Includes reports, publications and detailed guidelines on how an NGO can produce shadow reports to CEDAW.

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International Women's Rights Action Watch
Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota 301-19th Avenue
South Minneapolis
MN 55455
USA
Phone: 612-625-5093
Fax: 612-624-0068
Website: http://www.igc.org/iwraw/
Email: iwraw@hhh.umn.edu

Iranian Refugees' Alliance, Inc.

A non-profit organization in the US assisting and advocating on behalf of Iranian asylum seekers and refugees worldwide. IRA's efforts include providing financial support, reflecting the aggrieved voices of refugees, asserting the rights of refugees and publicizing the violations of these rights internationally, and winning legal guarantees. The IRA web site features Iranian Refugees' Alliance's Mission Current Projects, Publications, Fundraising events, and a comprehensive Documentation Center.

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PO Box 316
New York
NY 10276-0316
USA
Phone/Fax: 212-260-7460
Website: http://www.irainc.org/
Email: irainc@igc.apc.org

Iraq Foundation

The Iraq Foundation is a non-profit, 501(C)3 corporation, working for democracy and human rights in Iraq, and for a better international understanding of Iraq's potential as a contributor to political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. The Foundation was established in 1991 by Iraqi expatriates with the purpose of working with Iraqis and non-Iraqis in promoting its vision. The Foundation is non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-ethnic, and is not affiliated with any other organization or political party.

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1012 14 St. NW
Suite 1110
Washington, DC 20005
USA
Phone: (202) 347-4662
Fax: (202) 452-7897 & 7898
Website: http://www.iraqfoundation.org/
Email: iraq@iraqfoundation.org

Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA-USA)

Focus: IARA--USA is a non-profit humanitarian relief and developmental organization. Although originally established to help refugees and people affected by natural disasters, the agency has grown to include health care centers, schools, community education centers, farming programs, mobile veterinary clinics, solar-energy and saw dust stoves, planting shade trees, water pumps and water wells, land irrigation, cattle fattening, clothes distribution to the poor and displaced and income-generating training centers for women for Africa, the Middle East, Southern Asia, Bosnia and Kosovo. IARA-USA is a member of InterAction and is registered with USAid.

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Islamic American Relief Agency - USA P.O. Box 7084
Columbia
MO 65203
USA
Phone: 1-800-298-1199
Website: http://www.iara-usa.org
Email: iara@iara-usa.org

Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) /Helping Hand

Helping Hand is a division of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). It is a humanitarian relief and development organization responding to human sufferings in emergency and disaster situations at home and abroad. The mission is to strengthen the bond of humanity by serving all those in need, anywhere in the world, with special focus on our neighborhoods across North America. ICNA Relief just recently changed its name to Helping Hand. Objectives of the international Relief Fund: sending relief to Chechnya, Kosovo, Bosnia, Somalia, Sudan, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Palestine, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Kurdistan and many other countries. Providing from the immediate need of emergancy food, medicine, shelter & clothing, to long term projects which include the setting up of hospitals, medical centers and educational sponsorship programs.

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Head Office
166-26, 89 Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432
USA
Phone: (718) 658-7028
Fax: (718) 658-3434
Website:
http://www.reliefonline.org
http://www.icna.com/relief
http://www.icna.org
Email: info@reliefonline.org and ICNARelief@aol.com

Islamic-American Zakat Federation

Uses donations in a variety of ways from helping the homeless in the greater Washington area to aiding the victims of natural disasters and man-made atrocities around the world. Among the things the Federation does: helping to feed and clothe Palestinian children; helping needy American Muslims keep their homes and their utilities turned on; distributing Qur'ans to prisoners and hospital patients; helping war victims in Chechnya, Bosnia, and Kashmir.

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4323 Rosedale Avenue
Bethesda
MD 20814
USA
Phone: 301-907-0997
Email: dean.ahmad@iad.blkcat.com

KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights

KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights is a charitable, educational organization which focuses upon the domestic and global issues of human rights for Muslims. KARAMAH stands committed to research, education, and advocacy work in matters pertaining to Muslim women and human rights in Islam.Since its inception in 1993, KARAMAH has been committed to advancing an Islamic perspective on issues of human rights. The Board of Directors includes American Muslim women lawyers, experts in mediation and conflict resolution, and experts in Islamic jurisprudence. Over the years, KARAMAH has worked vigorously to educate the general public about human rights in Islam.

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900 N Stuart St., #1512
Arlington
VA 22203
USA
Phone/Fax: (703) 528-9644
Website: http://www.karamah.org/
Email: karamah@karamah.org

Kurdish Human Rights Watch

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10560 Main Street
Suite 207 Fairfax
VA 22030
USA
Phone: (703) 385-3806
Fax: (703) 385-3643
Website: http://www.khrw.com/
Email: khrw_erbil@hotmail.com

Life for Relief and Development

A nonprofit organization founded in 1993. This global organization strives to offer humanitarian, health, educational, social and economic services to victims of natural disasters, wars, hunger and more through a variety of programs.

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PO Box 236
17300 W. 10 Mile Road
Southfield
MI 48075-9429
USA
Phone: 1-800-827-3543, 248-424-7493
Fax: 248-424-8325
Website: http://www.lifeusa.org
Email: life@lifeusa.org and reliefusa@aol.com

Mission for Establishment of Human Rights in Iran

A human rights group working for a democratic society and a system of justice for protecting universal human rights in world affairs in general and Iran in specific. MEHR IRAN is a network of individuals committed to strengthening advocacy on human rights situation in Iran and helping to develop greater capacity among Iranian in the use of International Criminal Court (ICC), the Convention against Torture and other mechanisms that provide Iranian victims avenues of and access to different systems of justice.

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P.O. Box 2037 P.V.P.
CA 90274
USA
Phone: (310) 377-4590
Fax: (310) 377-3103
Website: http://www.mehr.org/
Email: mehr@mehr.org

Partners for Peace

Partners for Peace grew out of a working committee of some twenty professionals here in Washington DC who began meeting in 1990 as a result of their concern about the continuing and increasing violence in the Israel-Palestine area. Many of the individuals came from faith communities. They began by contacting individuals and organizations across the country to encourage some concerted cooperative actions to educate the public about the nature of the conflict. In the fall of 1991 the working committee merged with The American Alliance for Palestinian Human Rights, a 501 (c)(3) and a registered NGO with the United Nations, changing the name of the organization to Partners for Peace. This consolidation greatly strengthened the work of both organizations.

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1250 4th Street
Southwest Suite WG-1
Washington, DC 20024
USA
Phone: 202-863-2951
Fax: 202-863-2952
Website: http://www.partnersforpeace.org
Email: pfp@igc.org

People's Decade of Human Rights Education (PDHRE-International)

Founded in 1988, the People's Decade of Human Rights Education (PDHRE-International) is a non-profit, international service organization that works directly and indirectly with its network of affiliates -- primarily women's and social justice organizations -- to develop and advance pedagogies for human rights education relevant to people's daily lives in the context of their struggles for social and economic justice and democracy. PDHRE's members include experienced educators, human rights experts, United Nations officials, and world renowned advocates and activists who collaborate to conceive, initiate, facilitate, and service projects on education in human rights for social and economic transformation. The organization is dedicated to publishing and disseminating demand-driven human rights training manuals and teaching materials, and otherwise servicing grassroots and community groups engaged in a creative, contextualized process of human rights learning, reflection, and action.

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The People's Movement for Human Rights Education (PDHRE) / NY Office
Shulamith Koenig / Executive Director
526 West 111th Street
New York, NY 10025
USA
Phone: (212) 749-3156
Fax: (212) 666-6325
Website: http://www.pdhre.org
Email: pdhre@igc.apc.org

Physicians for Human Rights

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) promotes health by protecting human rights. PHRs believe that human rights are essential preconditions for the health and well-being of all people. Using medical and scientific methods, PHR investigates and expose violations of human rights worldwide and we work to stop them. PHR supports institutions that hold perpetrators of human rights abuses, including health professionals, accountable for their actions. PHR educates health professionals and medical, public health and nursing students and organize them to become active in supporting a movement for human rights and creating a culture of human rights in the medical and scientific professions. Since 1986, PHR members have worked to stop torture, disappearances, and political killings by governments and opposition groups; to improve health and sanitary conditions in prisons and detention centers; to investigate the physical and psychological consequences of violations of humanitarian law in internal and international conflicts; to defend medical neutrality and the right of civilians and combatants to receive medical care during times of war; to protect health professionals who are victims of violations of human rights; and to prevent medical complicity in torture and other abuses.

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1156 15th St. NW #1001
Washington, DC 20005
USA
Phone: 202-728-5335
Fax: 202-728-3053
USA
Website: http://www.phrusa.org/
Email: phrusa@phrusa.org

Project Islamic H.O.P.E.

An organization of leaders and activists who have come together collectively to stand on the front lines in the war against poverty, hunger and social injustice.

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P.O. Box 43A-122
Los Angeles
California 90043
USA Office Fax: (213) 290-1721
Email: islamichope@earthlink.net

Seeds of Peace

Seeds of Peace is a non-profit, non-political organization that helps teenagers from regions of conflict learn the skills of making peace. Set at the organization's own camp in the woods of Maine, a safe and supportive environment is created where the youngsters can air their views and learn listening, communication and other conflict resolution techniques that allow them to develop empathy for one another. Seeds of Peace equips the next generation with the leadership capabilities required to end the cycles of violence.

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370 Lexington Avenue
Suite 401
New York, NY 10017
USA
Phone: 212-573-8040
Fax: 212-573-8047
Website: http://www.seedsofpeace.org
Email: info@seedsofpeace.org

Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children

The Women's Commission is an expert resource and advocacy organization that monitors the care and protection of refugee women and children, International Rescue Committee. Website resources include reports and investigations, newsletters, guidelines on internal displacement, studies, events and links.

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Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children
122 East 42nd Street
12th Floor New York
NY 10168-1289
USA
Phone: 212-551-3088, 212-551-3111
Fax: 212-551-3180
Website: http://www.womenscommission.org/
Email: info@womenscommission.org

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