Humanity in Action (HIA) is an international organization that educates, inspires and connects a network of university students and young professionals committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship in their own communities and around the world.
HIA has educated over 1,100 young leaders in their 20s and 30s who now form a unique international network. It contributes in innovative ways to advance human rights and democratic freedoms.
HIA’s annual fellowship programs bring together more than 100 European and American university students and young professionals each summer in Denmark, France, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands to discuss, learn and research in international groups. HIA Fellows meet leading experts and activists to study the Holocaust and contemporary challenges to minority rights. Fellows write research-based articles and develop teaching tools to share what they learned in their programs. HIA supports all Fellows financially for the duration of their programs, allowing for the merit-based selection of diverse applicants.
HIA also provides professional development opportunities. It maintains an international network of students, young professionals, established leaders, experts and partners for which it organizes a range of educational and career opportunities, including seminars, workshops, study trips and fellowship positions at leading civic and political institutions, such as the European Parliament, U.S. Congress, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. These opportunities encourage emerging leaders to develop their professional abilities and introduce established leaders to the ideas of the younger generation.
HIA’s network of leaders is a valuable resource to policy-makers, diplomats, educators, business leaders and civic-minded individuals and organizations. By the end of the decade, HIA will connect over 2,500 professionals working in all sectors, on a range of critical issues, in countries around the world.
HIA is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with governing and advisory Boards in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and the United States. HIA’s international headquarters is in New York City. Major supporters of HIA have included the Ford Foundation, Mellon Foundation, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (EVZ), the Dutch Ministry for Health, Welfare and Sport and the U.S. Department of State. Over 12 years, HIA has raised more than $12 million for its work.