The Open Society Policy Center is a nonpartisan and nonprofit 501(c) (4) organization that engages in advocacy aimed at influencing U.S. government policy on domestic and international issues, including the following:
Criminal Justice Reform and Racial Equality
We seek to end over-reliance on punishment through mass incarceration in the United States. Reforming stringent sentencing laws and policies and placing greater emphasis on rehabilitation will promote fairness while also saving scarce public funds.
Courts and Elections
The influence of money in political campaigns and the efforts to deny voting rights to millions of Americans have compromised the integrity of elections in the United States. We support legislation to reform U.S. campaign finance laws and to protect citizens' right to vote.
Global Human Rights and Foreign Aid
We believe that the United States should ratify key human rights agreements like the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
We support comprehensive immigration reform and targeted changes in U.S. immigration laws, such as the DREAM Act. We engage policymakers on topics such as the enforcement of current laws, the criminalization of immigration, and state and local enforcement of federal immigration laws.
Promoting Open Society
We encourage the U.S. government to actively participate in multilateral institutions, such as the United Nations and the Community of Democracies. In addition, we support local efforts in foreign countries to change repressive legislation such as laws that discriminate against minorities or restrict the activities of nongovernmental organizations.
Our legislative focus on public health includes meeting the resource needs of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, expanding support for evidence-based HIV prevention programs, fighting free-speech restrictions in foreign aid programs that interfere with sound public health policy, like the "prostitution pledge requirement."
Transparency and Accountability
We work to promote transparency in the U.S. and abroad, and support a range of anticorruption initiatives. Our advocacy efforts encourage regulations that require governments to make available to the public vital information, such as government revenue, budgets, and expenditures.
U.S. National Security and Human Rights
Our advocacy focuses on U.S. policies concerning detaining, interrogating, and prosecuting terrorist suspects; rendition; profiling and discrimination; privacy and surveillance; and accountability for human rights violations.