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Anna, Ole, Fred and Peter are four members of the Emergencies Team, the most intrepid division of the respected, international Human Rights Watch organization. E-TEAM is the personal, intimate story of how they lead their lives as they set out to shine light in dark places and give voice to thousands whose stories would never otherwise have been told.

Director: Katy Chevigny, Ross Kauffman
Year: 2014
Time: 88 min

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Consider becoming a member of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, which monitors global censorship founded by the Human Rights Watch.

Support the oldest international human rights federation – The International Federation for Human Rights – that brings together 178 human rights organizations across the globe. 

Spread the word! The members of the E-Team have extremely active Twitter feeds that share breaking human rights news and that often include calls to action. By simply sharing and retweeting the information from these social media feeds, you can help to frame the world’s crises in human rights terms.

Contribute to the efforts of Amnesty International. Anna Neistat, one of the human rights campaigners featured in E-TEAM, joined Amnesty International in late 2014 as the Senior Director of Research. 

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Our interview with Katy Chevigny.

Interview With Dr. Anna Neistat

” You need to be able to keep your calm and keep your distance. But once you stop being emotionally affected by what you see, that is the time to quit. You need to establish an emotional connection. I’m there to collect testimony and show compassion because most of the people I speak to lived through some really horrible things. If you want to bring a human voice to the stories, you have to feel it in the first place.”

Read the full interview on A Lawyers Life.


Explore our E-Team pinterest board.

The Muammar Gaddafi Story

Read about the eccentric Libyan leader on BBC.

Interview With Filmmakes Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman

Read the full interview on the Movable Fest.

Debate: Is Human Rights Watch Too Close to U.S. Gov’t to Criticize Its Foreign Policy?

Human Rights Watch is facing an unusual amount of public criticism.

Find out more on Democracy Now.

Honoring James Foley

Foley, a freelance photojournalist, was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012, about a year after working on THE E’-TEAM. His location was unknown until Aug. 19, when the terrorist group ISIL posted a video on YouTube showing his beheading amid a rant against the United States.

Continue reading here.

When the War Correspondent Became a Mother

“Two months after giving birth, I was posted as the BBC correspondent to Sri Lanka, which was in the midst of a vicious civil war. I’d seen my fair share of horror, poverty and bearded men with guns, but this time I found myself packing milk bottles and washable nappies as well as a flak jacket, helmet and first aid kit. It was the start of a double life…”

Read the full article on the Guardian.


Our interview with Ross Kauffman.

Syria: The story of the Conflict

More than 200,000 Syrians have lost their lives in four years of armed conflict, which began with anti-government protests before escalating into a full-scale civil war. More than 11 million others have been forced from their homes as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and those opposed to his rule battle each other – as well as jihadist militants from Islamic State.

This is the story of the civil war so far, in eight short chapters.

Egypt accuses HRW

“The government on Tuesday accused the nonprofit group Human Rights Watch of breaking the law, violating Egypt’s sovereignty and insulting the judiciary after it issued a report criticizing top officials for the repeated mass shootings of Islamist demonstrators last summer.  The allegations echo charges that Egypt has used to jail or sentence dozens of activists, aid workers, journalists and opposition figures in an escalating crackdown on political dissent.

Continue reading here.


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