Yale Amnesty International is a student chapter of the worldwide human rights organization Amnesty International, which has over 3 million members. Amnesty International began as a campaign to free prisoners of conscience: people who are detained for the peaceful expression of their political or religious beliefs. It has since expanded its range to deal with other human rights issues.
Amnesty is known for its thorough research and effective advocacy. In over 40,000 cases, Amnesty has freed prisoners, stopped executions, or otherwise made progressive social change. Our chapter is the official Yale University student group of Amnesty USA. We associate with other Connecticut groups and host the annual Connecticut Amnesty State Meeting each autumn. We are also part of the Northeast Region of Amnesty USA; the Northeast Regional Office (NERO) is located in Boston.