Individual At Risk/Prisoner of Conscience
Our Individual at Risk coordinator brings updates and actions to our meetings.  Magai Matiop Ngong in South Sudan was our previous case. He was 15 when sentenced to death for murder after an accidental shooting; he was removed from death row (July 29, 2020).
Currently we are advocating for Maria Angelita Ressa who is a Filipino-American journalist and author, and co-founder and CEO of Rappler. She previously spent nearly two decades working as a lead investigative reporter in Southeast Asia for CNN. She was convicted of cyberlibel in the Philippines and is facing imprisonment.
The Urgent Action Network

Our Urgent Action coordinator writes urgent action letters every month and brings them to our meetings. We sign, address, and send them.

Anyone can join the Urgent Action Network and participate in this important work.

Community Partnership and Dignity in Asylum

Community Partnership and Dignity in Asylum
Community Partnership is a new Amnesty International program to help assist refugees and asylum seekers to reach and settle in a safe country. Amnesty Group 15 has entered into a Community Partnership with Dignity in Asylum (DIAS), a local non-proft organization providing free housing and community support to people seeking asylum. In addition to providing a room for each supported asylum seeker, DIAS also provides daily meals, transportation to lawyers' and doctors appointments, English classes and overall  caring and comforting support, which are all provided by volunteers from the local community. The Community Partnership agreement formalizes Group 15's long standing commitment to DIAS, through donations of funds and household supplies and the hosting of fundraising events. In addition, several group members have provided direct volunteer services. For more information and to make donations:

Immigration Justice
We are focusing on immigration related issues and legislation, educating ourselves, connecting with other organizations and groups and advocating for legislation in the Massachusetts legislature and the U.S. Congress.
Reform the Use of Solitary Confinement

We participate in efforts to reform the use of solitary confinement in prisons in Massachusetts. We also support and monitor solitary confinement reform on a national level.

Abolish the Death Penalty

We are active in Amnesty's campaign to end capital punishment. We focus our efforts on the death penalty in the United States. This photo shows Susan Dodd, a member of our group, with the flag on which she embroidered the names of 1437 Americans who have been executed in the U.S. since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.