Good witnessing can de-escalate a situation, help someone confronted by police, and provide valuable documentation for advocacy and justice. This tip sheet can help you safely and effectively witness as well as film and share videos of police abuse.

elgrito.witness.org | WITNESS partnered with the community-based organization El Grito de Sunset Park to study over 300 videos from their collection of eyewitness videos depicting police misconduct and abuse spanning a dozen years. Going beyond headline-grabbing instances of police violence, our project “Profiling the Police”...

This one-hour online workshop offers practical guidance for Native Americans and Indigenous activists interested in safely, ethically and effectively using video for evidence and advocacy. We share examples of how Indigenous groups from around the world are using video in their work. We cover: Overview...

Watch our 2-part#EyesOnICE webinar series, a collaboration with the Immigrant Defense Project (IDP). Read our follow-up blog post for more detailed responses to the webinar Q&A. Webinar #1 covers important “know your rights” and tactical information around documenting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Webinar #2 focuses on how groups...

This tip sheet covers basic Know Your Rights information for filmers in the U.S.A. and provides quick tips on how to safely and effectively document an interaction with the police. Version 1.0 is also available in español. Learn more about our work on eyewitness video...

On April 4, 2015, officer Michael Slager pulled over 50-year-old Walter Scott because of a broken brake light in North Charleston, South Carolina. Slager asked for Scott’s license, and while he was running a report, Scott open his car door and ran. His family suspects...

In September of 2010, 29-year-old Askia Sabur and his cousin were approached by Philadelphia police and asked to clear the corner where they were standing outside a restaurant. After they told officers they were waiting for food, the situation escalated. Officers forced Sabur to the...

These tips outline ethical considerations for uploading human rights footage to YouTube and will help ensure your video is found by your target audience and by people who can use such video in their research, advocacy, and reporting projects.  Version 1.0 is available in: Arabic...

Use this resource to equip yourself with the knowledge you need to use video to combat abuses committed by immigration enforcement. Strengthen your ability to strategically and ethically fight for immigrants’ human rights! Check out the animated versions of these tips in English and in...

On the eve of the Women’s March Anniversary, WITNESS stands in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of activists, citizens, and storytellers at the hundreds of Women’s Marches all across the world. The weekend of January 20th is an opportunity to send the message that...

This blog post provides tips and resources for activists looking to improve their digital security practices. If you are documenting human rights abuses, technology can put powerful people’s wrongdoings in the spotlight, or it can put you in jail. Whether you’re facing down police to...

Video captured by citizens and activists can be instrumental in drawing attention to human rights abuses, calling for investigations and advocating for change. But many filmers want their videos to do more: they want their footage to expose abuse and help bring about justice. However,...

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