About Samir Goswami

Samir Goswami is the Managing Director of the Individuals and Communities at Risk Program at Amnesty International USA, where he oversees campaigning in support of those whose human rights are being violated. Prior to joining Amnesty, he was the Director of Corporate Responsibility, Rule of Law at LexisNexis where he created and managed partnerships with government agencies, law firms, corporations and NGOs to support anti-trafficking efforts and global initiatives that advance the rule of law. He worked with various segments in the company to incorporate corporate social responsibility within business development strategies, and created data systems and analytics to help address social issues. Samir has extensive background in legislative advocacy, community organizing, policy development and communications on the issues of violence against women, affordable housing, workforce development, criminal justice reform and human trafficking. Before moving to Washington, D.C., he worked with Illinois legislators to draft and pass various legislative initiatives on these topics. He founded and led the End Demand, Illinois Campaign, an effort to transform the state's response to human trafficking. Through this campaign he built and led a coalition that included public and law enforcement officials, survivors of trafficking and advocates and successfully lobbied the Cook County State's Attorney's Office to make the Safe Children's Act her top legislative priority for 2010. Samir has spent the last 15 years building various collaborations and coalitions around social justice issues. He is the recipient of numerous awards including, "40 Who Have Made a Difference" by Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, the "2010 Impact Award" by Chicago Foundation for Women, and he was awarded a 2010 Chicago Community Trust Fellowship in recognition of his work on human trafficking issues.
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Human Rights Stories Left Untold During the State of the Union Address

Nabeel Rajab

A Bahraini Shiite Muslim youth holds a picture of prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab during a demonstration in Bahrain on June 11, 2012. MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/GettyImages

There is a human component to every State of the Union that is often overlooked.

Jacqueline Montanez was 15 years old when she received a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for a crime she committed as a child.

Nabeel Rajab is currently serving a two-year sentence in prison for organizing and participating in a peaceful protest against the Bahraini government.

Najiba was 22 when she was shot dead after being accused of adultery in Afghanistan.

Shaker Aamer remains detained at Guantanamo Bay without charge or criminal trial.