A man spray-painting a cart

A graffiti artist paints a pushcart as part of the “Pimp My Carroça” community art project in in São Paulo, Brazil, on August 13, 2017. The Open Society Foundations work to support human rights, democratic governance, the arts, and a vibrant civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Women carry their children at a shelter in Poltava, Ukraine, on September 18, 2013. All too often, women who use drugs are marginalized, ignored, and left alone to defend their children and themselves in unsafe environments. The Open Society Foundations support efforts to bring people out of the shadows and recognize their right to be full and equal members of their communities.

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Nzinga Dotson-Newman moved to Brooklyn, New York, two years ago to find what she described as “freedom.” She now has a business making clothing and accessories from African materials. The work exhibited in Moving Walls 24 / Here We Are: Visual Resistance and Reclaiming Narratives engages with art and documentary practice as forms of resistance.

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Woman holding a child

Syrian refugee families arrive at their new homes in Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland, on December 4, 2015. The United Kingdom’s Community Sponsorship program helps local residents take the lead in ensuring that refugee families are not only welcomed but given the resources and human connections they’ll need to thrive in their new homes. The Open Society Foundations support efforts to improve the settlement of migrants and refugees.

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Woman standing in an art gallery

Tímea Junghaus poses for a portrait at Gallery8 Roma Contemporary Art Space in Budapest, Hungary, on May 27, 2017. Despite playing a vital role in arts and culture for hundreds of years, Roma contributions to European society too often go unnoticed. The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture will help Roma break that silence and tell their own stories. The Open Society Foundations support those fighting to end all forms of prejudice and discrimination.

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About George Soros

George Soros launched his philanthropic work in South Africa in 1979. Since then he has given over $32 billion to fund the Open Society Foundations, which work in over 100 countries around the world.

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Our Mission

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.

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Open Society Voices

The World Justice Project’s new survey, Global Insights on Access to Justice, is the first of its kind to try to understand global access to civil, rather than criminal, justice.

In response to escalating calls for more gun control, some U.S. leaders have recommended institutionalizing more people with mental health problems instead. But that would be a terrible—and tragic—mistake.



Priscilla Hayner’s new book explores the dilemmas that arise when peacemakers seem to have to choose between settling an armed conflict and holding accountable those responsible for severe human rights violations.