Amnesty International (AI)
Room: LL-101, PIRC Student Group Office (Lower Level)
Founded in London in 1961, Amnesty International is an apolitical worldwide movement dedicated to the pursuit of internationally-recognized human rights. Specifically, Amnesty (http://www.AmnestyUSA.org) concentrates its research and action on the prevention and termination of grave abuses of fundamental rights such as physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination.
Revived in the spring of 2006, Fordham Law's Amnesty International Chapter has focused its inaugural efforts on letter-writing campaigns. Advocating for the release of "prisoners of conscience" (those detained for no other reason than their beliefs), as well as for policy changes such as death penalty reform and increased aid to the Darfur region of Sudan, the Chapter actively contributes to nationwide urgent action campaigns. Coordinating with student groups such as Universal Jurisdiction and the National Lawyers' Guild, as well as with other Amnesty groups in the city, the Chapter maintains an inclusive approach to its activities and looks forward to further increasing its membership in the coming years. Projects for the 2006-2007 year included campaigns for corporate social responsibility as well as for prisoners' rights. We welcome and encourage involvement from interested students; if you'd like to learn more or participate, please don't hesitate to let us know.
For more details visit the group's bulletin board located to the left of the PIRC office.