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Dear Colleague:

As Co-Chairs of the bipartisan
Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
(TLHRC), we invite you to join the Commission for the 116th Congress. Named for the late Congressman Tom Lantos, a stalwart human rights defender, the Commission was established in 2008 by

H. Res. 1451
by unanimous consent and tasked with promoting, defending and advocating in a nonpartisan manner for internationally recognized human rights norms as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Commission helps raise the visibility
of human rights issues on the Hill and serves as a resource to Members of Congress and their offices by holding hearings, briefings and special events, advocating for prisoners of conscience, circulating letters, issuing statements and developing policy recommendations.

Membership in the Commission is free. By joining the Commission, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Request hearings and briefings concerning your human rights priorities.
  • Gain access to the Commission’s email listserv to share your own human rights-related legislative items and events.
  • Consult and collaborate with the Commission’s professional staff on human rights initiatives.
  • Have the opportunity to advocate for a prisoner of conscience through the Commission’s
    Defending Freedoms Project.

To join the Commission, please fill out and sign the short one-page fillable membership form found on the
Members page of our website, and return a scanned copy to

We look forward to working with you.



James P. McGovern                                                                  Christopher H. Smith
Member of Congress                                                                 Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC                                                                      Co-Chair, TLHRC


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