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Witness, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/22/2014: Witness, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 08/11/2014: WITNESS INC

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Brooklyn, NY
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Witness, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/22/2014: Witness, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 08/11/2014: WITNESS INC

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Also Known As: WITNESS
Physical Address: Brooklyn, NY 11217 
EIN: 13-4167155
Web URL: www.witness.org 
Blog URL: blog.witness.org/ 
NTEE Category: Q International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q70 International Human Rights
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A31 Film, Video
S Community Improvement, Capacity Building
S20 Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement
Ruling Year: 2001 


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Mission Statement

WITNESS uses video to open the eyes of the world to human rights abuses. We empower people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.

Legitimacy Information

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2014
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2015

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Ms. Yvette Alberdingk Thijm

Profile:

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm is an attorney with nearly two decades of experience in media and new technology. Prior to joining WITNESS, she served as Executive Vice President of Content Strategy & Acquisition at Joost, the global online video platform formed by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, the founders of Skype and Kazaa. Previously, Alberdingk Thijm spent more than a decade at MTV Networks International (MTVNI) and was instrumental in its international growth and its forays into new media. As Executive Vice President of Business Affairs for MTVNI, she oversaw business affairs for all of its branded businesses and channels worldwide (excluding the U.S.A.), including digital media initiatives, audiovisual co-productions, new business development, strategic partnerships and joint ventures. In both these roles, she expanded the global reach of the companies through the development and implementation of strategic content, new media, and marketing strategies. She speaks Dutch, English, French, and German. Alberdingk Thijm envisions a citizen-driven human rights movement that effectively utilizes media and technology, and WITNESS as a human rights organization that bridges the worlds of human rights, media, and technology by incorporating cutting edge innovations into traditional approaches to advocacy. Before becoming its ED, she served on the WITNESS Board. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation Center, a leading authority on organized philanthropy. In addition, Alberdingk Thijm is a Board Member of Access, a global movement for digital freedom; Mideast Youth, a creator of powerful platforms to amplify voices of dissent; and the Public Good Projects. She is also an Advisory Board member of Uncensored Interview, a digital platform for independent musicians.

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Budget:
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Category:
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Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified
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Program Description:

When WITNESS was founded, the impetus for its creation was the Rodney King, Jr. incident – in which a bystander captured ­­­­­evidence of police brutality on his handheld video camera. Our initial focus was to “give cameras to human rights activists around the world.” Since then, WITNESS has developed a comprehensive training approach focused on video advocacy – the use of video as an integrated tool in human rights campaigns. Throughout much of the world a new generation is emerging – confident, connected, and open to possibility.  A world with “cameras everywhere” now gives us millions of potential witnesses to the Rodney King incidents of our time.   WITNESS partners with human rights organizations to bring the power of video into their existing campaigns and advance human rights causes around the world. A key component of WITNESS' mission is to inspire and engage others to use video for change. We embrace a collaborative process that involves both teaching and learning from the human rights community. While WITNESS is working to secure the future of human rights video, we are also helping to preserve its past. Human rights videos serve as a living record of history and can be a vital component in the prosecution of crimes.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

WITNESS uses the power of video to open the eyes of the world to human rights abuses. WITNESS has partnered with more than 300 human rights groups in over 80 countries. It has trained over 4,500 human rights defenders and supported the inclusion of video in hundreds of campaigns, greatly increasing their visibility and impact. And it has helped spur concrete changes in policies and practices that continue to impact millions of people worldwide. For two decades, WITNESS has achieved impact by combining cutting-edge innovation with unique expertise in human rights storytelling and proven methodologies for supporting grassroots advocacy. WITNESS has collaborated with hundreds of local human rights organizations and grassroots networks at the national, regional, and international levels—in addition to technologists, media-makers, academics, and policymakers—to galvanize public support for issues of systemic concern and drive concrete human rights reforms. To ensure that technology furthers human rights, WITNESS employs an evolving strategy that is innovative, sustainable, and responsive.

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Evidence of Impact

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Led a video advocacy campaign to promote awareness of elder abuse and elder justice. Nonprofit Senior Staff

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Extremely experienced in use of video advocacy to promote social justice on a global scale as well as national efforts. Innovative strategies, tremendous networking. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Areas for Improvement

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May have to retool since much of their work employed Flip cameras, no longer being produced. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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