Media freedom is important. Here’s what you can do.

Journalists are threatened worldwide more than ever before, yet a free press is key to a healthy, equitable society.
Illustration of people practicing four freedoms (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

What does it mean to be free from want or fear?

Before the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt declared four universal freedoms. Are they relevant today?

The Americans with Disabilities Act at 25: Millions empowered [video]

The Americans with Disabilities Act has made it possible for those with disabilities to work, attend school and move about in society more than ever before.
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The right to religious freedom [video]

Religious freedom is a universal human right and a founding principle of the United States.
U.S. Constitution with Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence on an American flag with a quill pen (© Pamela Au/ Alamy Stock Photo)

Why protect offensive speech?

The U.S. Constitution's First Amendment includes the right to say unpopular things and "hate speech," and it gives that right to everybody.
Two Syrian girls laugh together in a refugee camp

They go to school in a tent, far from home. Can...

Since fleeing civil war, Hayat and her cousin Yamama have lived in tents with their families in a settlement in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. But are...

Have you ever laughed at a politician?

In the U.S., political satire is protected by the Constitution. Leaders, no matter how powerful, know that taking criticism with grace is part of the job.

They abandoned their wheelchairs and crawled up the Capitol steps

The "Capitol Crawl" protest for disability rights on March 12, 1990, might have been the single most important catalyst for the passage of the...

7 things you should know about human trafficking

Human trafficking, or modern slavery, is a debasement of our common humanity. Some estimates say there are over 20 million victims worldwide. Get the facts.