Voice of Witness is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit book series that empowers those most closely affected by contemporary social injustice. Using oral history as a foundation, the series depicts human rights crises around the world through the stories of the men and women who experience them.
Our mission is to:
- Empower those most closely affected by contemporary human rights injustices.
- Engender greater awareness, discussion and action in response to these injustices.
- Provide our readers—from high school students to educators, policy makers and advocates—with compelling, reality-based human rights documentation that can be used for teaching, training and advocacy.
Voice of Witness books provide a reality-based understanding of ongoing injustices in the United States and around the world. They have been taught in colleges and schools throughout the world, and have been adopted as key resources by national advocacy groups and their member affiliates, including the ENOUGH project, STAND and the Save Darfur Coalition.
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PRAISE FOR VOICE OF WITNESS
“These books are amazing… beautifully produced, with incredible editing and literary sensibility. Voice of Witness has done a better job than I’ve seen anybody do with having people tell their stories in a way that really engages you.” Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, Air America
“The series does not so much weave a tapestry from different experiences as braid a rope, a lifeline by which we might haul ourselves into a less ignorant, more actively compassionate future. In them, the specific illuminates the general, destroying preconceptions, stereotypes, and cop-out responses along the way.”
Richard Vernon, Sojourners Magazine
“In a time when history is told in cheap television re-enactments, if at all, and personal tragedy is gobbled up in rapidly digestible magazine photos and reality shows, this project goes against the grain.”
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As a non-profit, we rely on your support to continue our mission of giving voice to those most affected by human rights injustices. Current and forthcoming projects include books on Colombia, refugee resettlement, and life in Chicago public housing. If you would like to help us, please visit our DONATE and VOLUNTEER links on this site.
We are grateful to have many incredible foundations and organizations supporting our work. Click here to learn more about Voice of Witness’ Donors and Partners.
VOICE OF WITNESS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Cofounder of Voice of Witness
Cofounder of Voice of Witness
Executive Director of the Life After Exoneration Program
Executive Director, Voice of Witness
Asst. Professor of Philosophy
Director of Peace, Justice and Human Rights Concentration
International Development Exchange (IDEX)
Senior Development Director
Habitat for Humanity, Greater San Francisco
VOICE OF WITNESS FOUNDING BOARD OF ADVISORS
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Institute of International Studies
Harvard Law School
Author; Professor, Founding Executive Director
The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Co-chair, The ENOUGH Project
Strategic advisor, Not On Our Watch
Arthur Ross Director
William T. Vollmann
Studs Terkel (Deceased)
Author, Oral Historian
VOICE OF WITNESS STAFF
Executive Director/Executive Editor
Development & Communications Director
Education Program Director
Education Program Associate
The work of Voice of Witness is made possible in part by the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.