"What WITNESS does is create, support, and sustain a global network of people who use video as their tool, as their weapon. This network reminds us that we are not a single voice; we are not alone."

Esra'a Al Shafei - Bahraini Activist
OUR WORK

FORCED EVICTIONS

The Forced Evictions campaign works with underrepresented and at-risk communities to protect their rights to housing, land, and livelihood. The campaign uses video to make communities’ stories heard in the push for accountability for forced evictions resulting from development and mega-events like the 2014 World Cup.

GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

WITNESS works on the issue of sexual and gender-based violence in situations of conflict and political repression. With partners, we co-produce videos that amplify the voices of survivors and demand policy change. WITNESS also develops tools and resources, like the guide to Conducting Interviewing Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, to help journalists and organizations tell survivors’ stories respectfully.

HUMAN RIGHTS CHANNEL

The Human Rights Channel contextualizes and amplifies videos that document human rights violations and struggles for justice around the world. Through playlists, blog posts, and targeted outreach, we bring attention to stories of abuse that would otherwise be lost.

TRAINING

We deliver in-person trainings on video basics, video for advocacy, video as evidence, and archiving at convenings in strategic locations around the world. Increasingly, we reach audiences through online trainings and resources, many of which are available in multiple languages.

TECHNOLOGY ADVOCACY

Our Systems Change team works to ensure the media, policy and technology landscapes allow video to realize its full potential as a human rights tool. In a world where an unprecedented number of people are becoming citizen witnesses, we believe technology companies should recognize their needs.

CRITICAL & SURGE RESPONSE

WITNESS responds to crisis situations, including the Syrian civil war, police violence in Brazil, and protests in Turkey, by making online resources available in multiple languages, reaching out to local citizens and organizations, and providing trainings. With this guidance, we aim to help human rights defenders film more safely and effectively in dangerous and unpredictable environments.

VIDEO AS EVIDENCE

WITNESS identifies ways for citizens to capture and preserve footage to improve its chances of it being used in the courtroom. Through tools, training, and advocacy efforts, we aim to help activists capture and use video as evidentiary material.