What We’re Doing

The world has a long way to go before the right to citizenship is assured. Too often the focus has been on the consequences of statelessness—human trafficking, discrimination, armed violence—rather than on eliminating statelessness itself. To help make this right a reality, the Open Society Foundations are engaged in a variety of efforts including:

  • documenting the plight of stateless people through official reports and documentary photography;
  • partnering with local advocates to bring lawsuits challenging citizenship discrimination;
  • advocating for change in international bodies such as the United Nations, the African Union, and the U.S. State Department;
  • amplifying the voice of stateless people by providing a platform from which they can share their stories.

Astou Ba and her three-year-old son returned to Medina Salam, Mauritania, after nearly two decades of exile. © Aubrey Wade/Panos Pictures for the Open Society Foundations