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Under the leadership of human rights advocate Ann Beeson, the U.S. program
will work to promote equality, ensure transparency in government, and reform
criminal justice and national security policies. To that end, OSI's new
Criminal Justice Fund will work to improve the administration of justice in
the U.S. and reduce the country's over-reliance on mass incarceration and
increasingly harsh punishment, while its
Transparency and Integrity Fund will work to restore credibility to key
government agencies, revitalize congressional oversight, and increase the
military's accountability. Other initiatives include the
Equality and Opportunity Fund, which provides support for communities of
color, immigrants, women, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
community; and the
Democracy and Power Fund, which will work to mobilize youth and communities
of color across a range of progressive issues.
In addition, OSI has announced the launch of two three-year initiatives:
Black Male Achievement, which will work to confront the stigmatization,
criminalization, and exclusion of African-American men and boys from the
economic and political mainstream; and
National Security and Human Rights, which will challenge U.S. policies on
torture, surveillance, arbitrary detention, and racial profiling.
"In shaping these programs, we have tried to capture the sense of urgency and
optimism that our grantees bring to today's formidable challenges," said Beeson.
"U.S. Programs will use its resources to ensure that democracy can flourish and
that everyone in this country can participate fully and equally in society."
“Recognizing Profound and Urgent Threats to Democracy, the Open Society
Institute Charts New Direction for Its Work in the United States.” Open
Society Institute Press Release 6/12/08.