Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights

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Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights is a volunteer-based, non-governmental, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of internationally recognized human rights.
Founded in 1983, Minnesota Advocates is one of the largest Midwest-based non-governmental organizations engaged in international human rights work. Our organization has more than 4,000 members, including more than 600 active volunteers who contribute an estimated $2.8 million annually of in-kind services. Minnesota Advocates also has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations.
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights works locally, nationally, and internationally on human rights issues impacting children, women, refugees & immigrants, and marginalized polulations. Minnesota Advocates documents human rights abuses, advocates on behalf of individual victims, educates on human rights issues, and provides training and technical assistance to address and prevent human rights violations.[1]

In 1992 they helped set up Partners in Human Rights Education. [2]

NED connection

Grantor: NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY (NED) Grantee: Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights Country(ies): North Korea Region: Asia Subject(s): Human Rights Grant Awarded: 1998 Amount: $45,000 Program Summary: The Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights will conduct research on both the human rights situation in North Korea and on the plight of North Korean refugees in other countries who are still subject to or vulnerable to continued abuse. Minnesota Advocates will produce an authoritative compendium of information from a credible, independent source which can be relied upon by human rights advocates and other actors seeking to alleviate the extreme repression in North Korea.


  • In June 1993, Minnesota Advocates praised and helped launch Jadranka Cigelj tour of the United States. Cigelj turned out to be a senior Croatian propagandist and not a "rape camp" victim. (For a longer reference see: Amnesty International, section "Duped Again?")

Major Funders 2005-2006

$25,000 & Up

2006 Annual Report pdf

Personnel & Board members

Board of Directors (2004)


Web: http://www.mnadvocates.org