Muslim residents walking past graffiti

Muslim residents walk past racial slurs painted on the walls of a mosque in the town of Saint-Étienne in central France. In recent years, Islamophobia in Europe has been fueled by public anxiety over immigration and the integration of Muslim minorities into European cultural majorities. The Open Society Foundations have worked for over a decade to combat discrimination against Muslims in Europe and to make sure that Muslim minorities co-exist with equal rights in their national communities.

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Image credit: © Laurent Cipriani/AP
A construction site beside a road

Roma councilor Gheorghe Tudor talks with workers about water pipe construction in his village, Mărginenii de Jos, in Prahova County, Romania. Such infrastructure projects, initiated in this case after Tudor brought Roma needs to the attention of the local council, show that endeavors by Roma to become part of the political process lead to concrete gains. The Open Society Foundations support the efforts of Roma individuals and communities to embrace leadership roles and affect systemic change.

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Image credit: © Björn Steinz/Panos Pictures for the Open Society Foundations
A signpost

Since 2012, the bodies of hundreds of migrants have been discovered in Brooks County, just north of the Texas–Mexico border. Photographer Brandon Thibodeaux visited the region to document the toll. The Open Society Foundations support efforts by immigrants in the United States and around the world to press for change on their own behalf.

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Image credit: © Brandon Thibodeaux for the Open Society Foundations
Telephones on a table

From Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi’s internet surveillance center, located in a six-story building in Tripoli, agents of the Libyan dictator monitored citizens’ movements and correspondence. When photographer Edu Bayer arrived there in summer 2011, it was an abandoned relic of a paranoid and oppressive regime. The Open Society Foundations support photography to engage and mobilize people around issues of justice and human rights.

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Image credit: © Edu Bayer
A woman in a crowd

In April 2014, less than two months after the Maidan, up to 5,000 demonstrators gathered at a pro-Ukrainian rally in the city of Donetsk. The Open Society Foundations support the efforts of groups and individuals working in Ukraine to create a society in which justice, democracy, and freedom of expression can thrive.

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Image credit: © Justyna Mielnikiewicz

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Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations to help countries make the transition from communism.

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The Leahy Law requires the U.S. government to withhold aid from foreign security forces that commit heinous crimes. A new guide helps human rights groups leverage the rule.

A new report details the abuse, humiliation, and lack of medical care endured by people seeking drug treatment in Puerto Rico.

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Fred Abrahams, author of the new book Modern Albania, will give an inside account of the fall of communism in Albania and efforts to rebuild after decades of labor camps, thought police, and one-party rule.

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Through grantmaking and advocacy efforts, the Latin America Program supports the work of civil society organizations and their constructive engagement in the development, implementation, and oversight of public policies.

The International Higher Education Support Program nurtures capacity and leadership at universities to enable well-informed, vigorous social deliberation.

The International Migration Initiative seeks to address systemic exploitation, discrimination, and violence against migrants at every stage of their journey.