Profiling the Police

This collaboration between WITNESS Media Lab and El Grito de Sunset Park  looks at over 300 hours of police abuse footage. In this project we share our learnings, tips and tools for organizing, analyzing and preserving human rights video collections to help ensure greater transparency and accountability.

EYES ON ICE: Documenting Immigrant Abuses

This project examines the challenges and possibilities of using video to document encounters with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement(ICE) in the U.S for justice.

EYES IN THE SKY: Drones at Standing Rock and the Next Frontier of Human Rights Video

This report examines how activists and journalists used drones to document the protests by Native American tribes and other advocates against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

CAPTURING HATE: Analyzing Eyewitness Videos of Violence Against Transgender People

This report collects and analyzes videos of violence against transgender people in the U.S., uploaded and shared not as documentation of human rights abuses, but as entertainment.


Despite Morocco’s media blackout in Western Sahara, citizen video provides a rare window into the human rights violations and social movements occurring in the region.


WITNESS’ survey of recent police abuse cases challenges assumptions about video’s role in attaining accountability for abuse, and point to ways filmers, advocates, journalists, and the justice system can use video effectively for change.

Ethical Guidelines for Using Eyewitness Video in Human Rights Reporting and Advocacy

The guidelines provide a framework for assessing the various risks involved in sharing online videos of abuse, and ways to minimize those risks. Written primarily for investigators, journalists, advocates, filmmakers, the guidelines are applicable to all of us who watch and share human rights related eyewitness footage online.


A series of pilot projects focused on livestream and eyewitness media curation during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2014 – The Year in Human Rights Video

As we come face to face with human rights abuses on our screens, we must confront what it exposes, what it means, and what we can do about it.

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