"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

CRITICAL & SURGE RESPONSE

WITNESS responds to crisis situations around the globe by providing on the ground trainings, coordinating with local citizens and organizations, and making online resources available in multiple languages. Our aim is to help human rights defenders film more safely and effectively in dangerous and unpredictable environments.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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VIDEO ARCHIVING

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

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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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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.

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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.

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