Open Society Awards $2.5 Million in Grants to Protect Civil Liberties

With an eye to meeting the new challenges to civil rights and liberties that have emerged since September 11, the New York City-based Open Society Institute has announced grants totaling $2.5 million to twenty-nine organizations across the country.

The grants are designed to promote the safeguarding of civil rights and liberties, particularly in those communities most affected by ethnic profiling. The organizations receiving grants are working on a range of issues, including detention policy, legal representation of immigrants detained after September 11, the monitoring of hate crimes, the development of national security policies, and advocacy against the encroachment of government on civil liberties. Because of the heightened impact of September 11 on New York, several of the grants focus on New York City.

"The detention without charges of thousands of immigrants, the questioning of thousands more, and the plans for military tribunals that suspend traditional due process rights are all troubling measures that demand careful scrutiny and vigorous advocacy," said OSI vice president Gara LaMarche. "It is not popular work, and there are too few who are willing to support it."

To view a complete list of the grants, visit: http://www.soros.org/.

"OSI Announces Post 9/11 Grants; Focus on Civil Liberties, Immigrant Rights, Anti-profiling" Open Society Institute Press Release 04/15/2002.