Rise works to codify civil rights.
We are leaders from #MeToo, #StopAsianHate, Women’s March, and March for Our Lives – the largest grassroots organizing moments in recent US history. We started by fighting for survivors of sexual violence and collectively, we’ve passed more than 65 laws. We’ve gathered our experience to teach you how to pass your own law for your community.
Cities across America have incubators for tech startups, but nothing like that exists for civil rights. Rise is demystifying this path for everyone by spreading what we’ve learned to new causes so that everyone can claim their place in our democracy. It is built on our belief that the best people to solve problems are those that live the problem everyday.
Our MissionThrough our theory of hope, our mission is to help anyone who has the vision and drive to pen their own rights into existence.
In November 2014, Amanda Nguyen founded Rise, a nonprofit organization which was started to protect the civil rights of sexual assault and rape survivors. It was named Rise to “remind us that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can rise up and change the world.”
October 7, 2016
Amanda and Rise passed the Survivor Bill of Rights unanimously through the U.S. Congress. Since then, the Team America campaign has worked to pass the Survivor Bill of Rights on a state-level across all 50 states.
after the tragic shooting at Parkland, students, survivors, and friends asked Amanda for advice on passing their own laws to end gun violence. They would become the pilot cohort of the Rise Justice Labs accelerator program, which empowers everyday people with the tools to pen their own rights into existence.
Rise hosted the first Survivor Town Hall at the United Nations, continuing the work started by the 2016 Survivor Bill of Rights to expand survivors’ access to justice globally.
In response to stay at home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic, Rise established the Survivor Safe Haven program to provide information and resources to survivors.
In February 2021
Amanda’s call to #StopAsianHate went viral, sparking a movement for AAPI visibility and ending hate crimes against the AAPI community.
In September 2021
Rise produced the first ever Survivor Fashion Show at New York Fashion Week, where survivors of sexual violence and allies walked the runway in a night of reclaiming bodies and empowering survivors.
In December 2021
Rise’s “what were you wearing?” exhibit debuted at the United Nations, representing the 1.3 billion survivors of sexual violence and calling on the United Nations to pass a resolution recognizing the rights of survivors of sexual violence globally, because justice should not depend on geography.
In September 2022
Rise changed the world by ushering in a historic United Nations resolution recognizing access to justice for survivors of sexual violence worldwide.