"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

WITNESS helps human rights defenders use video to expose injustice. We coordinate with local citizens and organizations, conduct on-the-ground trainings, and provide free online resources in multiple languages. We aim to help individuals document abuses safely and use footage effectively to create positive change in their communities.

TECHNOLOGY AND ADVOCACY

We work 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.

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.

WITNESS MEDIA LAB

The WITNESS Media Lab is dedicated to addressing the challenges of sourcing, verifying, and contextualizing eyewitness video to advance its use as a powerful tool for human rights documentation and advocacy. Visit the Lab for curated footage, analysis, cases studies, and resources.

VIDEO ARCHIVING

WITNESS trains activists to archive and preserve their video so that human rights abuses cannot be denied or forgotten over time.

TRAINING RESOURCES

We develop guides and toolkits appropriate for both individuals and organizations that are new to video, as well as experienced video advocacy activists who want to improve their existing skills.

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