Extraction of natural resources, such as oil, gas, and minerals, can be a lucrative business. For people living in resource rich areas, it can be deadly.
People who live in areas where extractive industries operate often face poverty and human rights abuses. The industries exacerbate human rights abuses in many countries by making lands uninhabitable by polluting the environment.
Every day people are told that they can no longer live on the land that their family has lived on for generations.
If they refuse to leave, they can get arrested, physically injured, and forcibly relocated.
For many communities living in developing countries, this is an all to common problem. By simply living on resource-rich land that is desirable to corporations, they are at risk of becoming victims to land grabbing and forced eviction without free, prior, and informed consent.
We fight for justice in fields, jungles, and cities-- not just courtrooms. Through powerful campaigns, often carried out by our schools’ alumni and members of our legal networks, we raise public awareness on human rights and environmental justice issues around the globe. By training and connecting legal advocates and frontline campaigners, we can reach even the most remote communities struggling against corporate power and earth rights violations.