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Anne Archer

Today we speak endlessly about the lack of human rights in so many corners of the world.  And in what should be the bedrock of democracy, the United States, human rights have taken a back seat in ways we could never have imagined in the 21st Century.
However, today there is a word lacking in the conversation that goes hand in hand with the words ‘human rights.’  “Integrity.” Without personal integrity human rights cannot exist. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights came about because a group of individuals came together to put forth a document that laid out what must be the ethical pathway to an existence where human beings can live together and practice humane treatment toward their fellowman. These visionaries also understood the imperative of being able to seek justice when that natural state is absent and the aberrant behavior of our leaders or the man in the street violates these rights. The majority of human beings are born with a desire to help, to be fair and to contribute to the well-being of others. In other words, are born with personal integrity … a phrase that has been lost in today’s lexicon. Somehow those two words have too often been replaced with a biased view of what it means to be religious and have steered very far from the concept of 'personal integrity'. Throughout history this abandonment of integrity has inevitably led to aberrant, destructive and cruel behavior. Sadly, there are those in our society who truly wish to harm and to dominate, convincing the masses that their destructive view of their fellow man is right and their actions just.
Turning a blind eye to this lack of personal integrity and favoring a group or individual for personal benefit has been the downfall of many a civilization. The Founders of our country recognized that fatal flaw, and thus created a Bill of Rights that has stood us in good stead for well over 200 years.
If we are to survive this turbulent time we must bring the concept of personal integrity back into the human rights conversation and call out our leaders when there is a lack of it. If human rights is ever to have an honest place in our hearts and minds it must start with integrity by putting ethics back into our public discourse.
I realize this is a difficult, confusing and polarizing time.  I hope you are finding new wisdom, making new commitments and demanding positive and just change. Feel free to let me know your views or thoughts on the above, or share your experiences.


Anne Archer


AFHR Partners with A New Way of Life LA

Anne Archer, Founder of Artists for Human Rights, was delighted to take part in the 21st annual gala for: A New Way of Life Reentry Project. Located in South Los Angeles, A New Way of Life (ANWOL) provides safe housing and compassionate support to system-impacted women at roughly 1/3 of the cost of incarceration. Anne Archer presented the Flozelle Woodmore Memorial Award to Shanae Polk, a former resident of ANWOL who is proof that their model works. During her 17 years in prison, Shanae earned a college degree and licenses in substance abuse counseling and mediation. After coming to A New Way of Life in 2015, Shanae found permanent housing and now works as a program director at 2nd Call, where she helps other people transition back into society after prison.

"We strongly believe that giving a woman a hand up after prison not only empowers her, it strengthens her family and her entire community. A New Way of Life's work, which has helped more than 1,100 women over the past two decades, has the impact to end the revolving door of mass incarceration."

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Song Byeok Longing for Freedom Art Exhibit April 7 - 30, 2018

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Artists for Human Rights has partnered with the Human Rights Foundation to present the work of North Korean defector artist Song Byeok in an exhibit at Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts in downtown Los Angeles. The exhibit, “Longing for Freedom,” will be on view from April 7th through April 30th, 2018. It is part of HRF’s Art in Protest program, an ongoing series of international art exhibitions and other events that showcase and popularize artwork that advances freedom and democracy. Song Byeok is a North Korean defector who worked as a propaganda artist for the North Korean regime for seven years before being arrested and jailed in a prison camp. Since his escape, he has created a new life in South Korea using art to criticize the Kim dynasty."

Human Trafficking Interview With Anne Archer

Recently Anne Archer, Founder of Artists for Human Rights, sat down with Brooke Axtell to address one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time, human trafficking. On October 6, her most recent film, Trafficked, opened in select theaters after a premiere at The United Nations.

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  Anne Archer Keynote Speaker at Orlando Human Trafficking Summit

Anne Archer, Keynote Speaker at Orlando Human Trafficking Summit

Anne Archer, Founder of Artists for Human Rights, was the Keynote Speaker at the invitation of the Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi for the Human Trafficking Summit in Orlando, FF attended by over 700  law  enforcement, government leaders, survivors, educators, prosecutors, healthcare professionals, and community leaders working to eradicate all forms of trafficking.

Human Trafficking is the most lucrative illegal business in the world ranking above drugs and arms sales combined. Its illegal profits are also more than Nike, Google and Starbucks combined. Florida ranks 3rd in Human Trafficking in the US.
Miss Archer pointed out the typical portrayal of the sex industry in Hollywood is pure fantasy, portraying it as empowering for young women …. a situation they can control and profit from.  But ask the women who have lived through the sex trade, and they’ll tell you it’s no fairy tale.

They’ll tell you about violent pimps, traffickers and sex-buyers who abused them physically and mentally, exploiting their bodies for profit or personal gratification.

They’ll talk about teenagers and children being bought and sold online, like a used bike or old iPhone. 
They’ll tell you that the Hollywood notion that the sex trade is exciting, profitable and fully consensual is a lie.
Because too often the women in prostitution are not there because they want to be; they’re there because they’re vulnerable or desperate.

The fact of the matter is, we need a new approach to the problem … more research on trafficking, nationally and locally.  How many victims are there?  In what industries?  How are they trafficked here?  Who is buying and selling them? We need laws that protect sex trafficking victims as victims, not perpetrators.

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Anne Archer Orlando Human Trafficking Summit
Anne Archer Orlando Human Trafficking Summit
  Trafficked the Movie in Theatres Oct 6, 2017

Trafficked from three different worlds, three young women - Sara, a spirited American orphan; Amba, a sheltered college-bound Indian teenager; and Mali, a poor Nigerian villager - band together to survive the horrors of forced prostitution in a Texas brothel, run by the tyrannical Simon. On the verge of losing all hope, and despite terrible odds, Sara unites the girls in a daring escape attempt. It's not only a race against time, but a race against destiny and with a little luck; they just might be able to bring Simon down along the way. Trafficked is a riveting story of organized crime, global human trafficking networks, and above all, the indomitable will to be free.

Look for Trafficked in a theatre near you starting Oct. 6, 2017.

  AFHR Attends the Oslo Freedom Forum

AFHR attended the Oslo Freedom Forum in New York, Sept. 19, 2017.

Anne Archer and Donna Isham attended the Oslo Freedom Forum in New York Sept. 19, 2017, where a huge audience of human rights activists heard the moving stories of nine human rights defenders at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.
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Human rights defenders and Artists in Protest send a message to all to stand up and be counted as a strong voice for human rights around the world.”


Artist in Protest ...


Wuilly Arteaga is a 23-year-old Venezuelan violinist and pro-democracy activist who has become an unexpected symbol of the country’s democratic opposition. Arteaga initially taught himself violin by watching YouTube videos. He later secured a spot in Venezuela’s renowned “El Sistema” music education program. Since anti-government demonstrations erupted last April, Arteaga, dressed in the colors of his country and armed only with his musical instrument, has played the violin at the front lines of the protests amidst riot police, armed vehicles, and tear gas. Two months ago, Arteaga was arrested while playing the violin during a protest in Caracas and taken to a military prison. While in custody, he was subject to torture at the hands of the Bolivarian National Guard and forced to watch soldiers rape a female protester.

  AFHR Travels to India to Free A Village

AFHR Travels to India to Free A Village

Artists for Human Rights is proud to announce that we have partnered with Voices4Freedom in opening a school in enslaved villages to help the disenfranchised people of India rise above the slavery they have been held in for generations.

In April, AFHR Founder Anne Archer and President Donna Isham traveled with Voices4Freedom outside of India’s holiest city, Varanasi, to see the village that AFHR is in the process of bringing to freedom. The 3 year program begins by opening a school for the enslaved village children. As the children learn to read and write, they and their parents are educated about their human rights. Simple. Miraculous. As these enslaved children and parents learn their rights while the children learn to read and write, the parents begin to understand and come together for maybe the first time as a self-determined community based on self-respect and shared human values. With knowledge comes power. They stand up for their legal rights, and the enslavers, like school-yard bullies, begin to back away looking over their shoulders for who else has found them out. Generations of slavery meets freedom forever.

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Artists for Human Rights Voices 4 Freedom India
Artists for Human Rights Voices 4 Freedom India
  AFHR Founder Anne Archer Receives WIN Humanitarian Award


The 2017 WIN Humanitarian Award was presented to Academy Award Nominee and Golden Globe winning actress Anne Archer. Women's Image Network (WIN) produces The Women's Image Awards to honor both female and male artists who create dimensional media images to advance the value of women and girls. Since 1993, Women's Image Network (WIN) has celebrated those who create media that promotes gender parity to advance the value of women and girls. The awards ceremony took place on February 17, 2017 at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Ms. Archer is the Founder of Artists for Human Rights, a non-profit organization dedicated to shining light on human rights abuses and solutions.  It works with like-minded artists, activists, and philanthropists from all walks of life and allied organizations to eradicate human rights abuses.  AFHR continues to educate the Hollywood community on important issues bringing more artists on board through its quarterly Hope and Human Rights Speaker Series that feature today's leading human rights activists.
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