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Mission

In the United States, Reporters Without Borders, Inc. (known commonly as RSF North America) is a 501(c)3 organization carrying out the mission to protect and defend journalists working both internationally and in the United States. RSF North America seeks to raise awareness and involve Americans in preserving freedom of information,as well as monitor and take action to prevent press freedom violations in the United States, Canada, and the English-speaking Caribbean. There are offices in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, California.


Our Work

RSF North America raises awareness on the current climate for press freedom in the US, Canada, and the English-speaking Caribbean and mobilizes other partners, the US government, the UN, and American citizens who want to support our cause and defend journalism. Our day to day activities include:

  • Publications on US press freedom;
  • Liaising with the lawyers of journalists arrested/attacked in the region;
  • Working with Congress to raise awareness on individual cases/priority countries;
  • Collecting strong data on press freedom violations in order to produce annual rankings for the region in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index;
  • Increasing visibility of press freedom issues in the United States and among the American public;
  • Continuing to work to bring American journalists held hostage abroad safely home, including Austin Tice, the last American journalist detained in Syria;
  • Partnering with American universities on internet freedom issues;
  • Raising awareness through our university chapter program; and
  • Leading RSF’s UN campaign on journalists’ safety by maintaining pressure on key member states and the UN secretariat, along with a coalition of more than 130 supporting organizations.

We also collaborate with like-minded organizations to further fulfill our mission. Below are some examples that highlight our special projects:


#DefendPressFreedom

Reporters Without Borders and 21 partner organizations launched a campaign to encourage voters to ask their congressional candidates in the United States midterm elections where they stand on press freedom. The campaign seeks to galvanize the American public in protecting and defending the First Amendment. You can read more here.


Border Stops Project

Are you a journalist whose device was searched at the US border? Were you stopped for extra screening? On behalf of the ACOS Alliance, RSF and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) have been working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to understand the scope of the problems and solutions to resolve issues relating to journalists entering and exiting the US border. We are also coordinating with a coalition of groups to address these issues and refer individual journalists to advisories and external legal support where needed. Journalists experiencing issues should contact Daphne Pellegrino at RSF ([email protected]) or Alex Ellerbeck at CPJ ([email protected]) to report concerns (reports can remain anonymous) or seek advice.


Fund for Families

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The US-based Fund for Families provides direct support for the families, employers, and governments of American journalists missing, imprisoned, or held hostage to provide on-the-ground information and contacts, media strategy advice, platforms for the support committees and any logistic assistance needed according to each specific case. Click here to learn more about the Fund for Families.


US Press Freedom Tracker

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Launched in August 2017, the US Press Freedom Tracker collects data on journalists in the US who have been victims of press freedom violations such as attacks, arrests, border stops, equipment seizures, etc. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker brings together more than two dozen press freedom groups to create a centralized repository for research. The data gathered will help inform advocacy, journalism, and legal action. RSF North America sits on the steering committee along with the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the Index on Censorship, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. View a list of all of the partners here.


History

Reporters Without Borders also known as Reporters sans frontiers (RSF) is an independent international non-profit that has been defending press freedom for more than 30 years. Thanks to its local network of correspondents investigating in 130 countries, 14 offices worldwide, as well as its consultative status at the United Nations, RSF is able to have a global impact in defending journalists and access to information. RSF has offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco, Paris, Brussels, London, Rio de Janeiro, Taipei, Tunis, Berlin, Madrid, Helsinki, Vienna, Dakar, and Stockholm.

With the help of a few intrepid supporters, Reporters Without Borders, Inc. (RSF North America) was founded in 2004 in New York City with the objective to extend the international mission of Reporters sans frontières in the United States. In 2005, North America moved its work to Washington, DC to strengthen the effectiveness of its advocacy, and quickly won a solid reputation in DC as an outspoken defender of freedom of information.


Thanks to its staff, board members, and university chapters, RSF North America plays a central role in the assistance of journalists and in the expansion of our grassroots activities, but also in the communication and the advocacy missions of the whole organization.



Giving to Reporters Without Borders USA

Reporters Without Borders USA depends on funding from our community and like-minded individuals to protect journalists and defend press freedom. There are multiple ways to give to RSF USA:

  • Donate through our online giving portal here
  • Send a check for any amount to our post office box at: Reporters Without Borders, P.O. Box 34032, Washington, DC 20043
  • If you prefer to donate via wire transfer or give a gift of stock, please contact our Development and Communications Officer Yeganeh Rezaian at [email protected] or by phone at (202) 204-5561
  • Become a member of Reporters Without Borders USA
  • Donor Advised Funds are incredibly popular ways to donate to Reporters Without Borders. Let your administrator know our EIN is 20-0708028 and the address: Reporters Without Borders, P.O. Box 34032, Washington, DC 20043

You can view our previous 990s through ProPublica and the report of RSF's US activities through 2018 here.


Become a Member of RSF USA

Become a Member of RSF USAREAD MOREWhen you become a member of RSF USA, you are fighting to protect our right to a free press. Learn more about how you can join here or discover ways to become a student member or start your own university chapter here.



Our Staff

Sabine Dolan, Interim North America Director & San Francisco Office Director

Sabine Dolan is the interim North American Executive Director of Reporters Without Borders. She is also the San Francisco director of Reporters Without Borders where she focuses on the intersection of journalism and technology. Throughout her wide-ranging career, Sabine has brought her deep international experience to broadcast journalism, film production, and humanitarian and philanthropic efforts. She has been at the front lines in humanitarian emergencies, international development and human rights. Multicultural and multilingual, Sabine worked with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in New York, Geneva and in the field including emergencies deployments in numerous natural disaster zones and conflict and post-conflict countries.  More recently, Sabine has served as a consultant to international philanthropic, media and tech sectors on cause marketing, global partnerships and finding innovative solutions for social impact.  Sabine worked in broadcast news as a live show producer, writer and field producer for CNN, the BBC World Service, AP and Reuters. Sabine is fluent in French, Russian, Spanish, and English. You can contact Sabine by email at [email protected].


Noni Ghani, North America Communications Officer

Noni joined RSF in January of 2017. She has a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut where she majored in English Literature and Urban Studies. Noni covers online communication including press releases, op-eds, social media and newsletters, implements RSFs communications strategies, and answers media inquiries. You can contact Noni by email at [email protected].

Daphne Pellegrino, North America Advocacy Officer

Daphne Pellegrino joined RSF as Advocacy Officer in March 2018. She was previously an RSF intern and served as Deputy Director of the Humphrey Fellowship Program at the University of Maryland. Daphne received a BA in multi-platform journalism from the University of Maryland. She is in charge of implementing, developing, and promoting the advocacy campaigns and strategies of RSF in the United States. You can contact Daphne by email at [email protected].


Internship

The Reporters Without Borders Washington, D.C. Internship is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the role of press freedom and human rights in the United States and abroad. The intern will be based in the DC office and is expected to work at least 3 days per week. There is a small stipend for the DC intern.


Responsibilities include drafting press releases, planning events, managing the contacts database, animating the U.S. university chapters network, and assisting the Washington, D.C. team in research and advocacy.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing skills are required.
  • Successful candidates will be self-starters who are adept at multitasking. Interns should work well under pressure and still pay strict attention to details, be resourceful, and creative in responding to requests.
  • Interns must be available five days of the week.
  • French knowledge is not required but is a plus.

Send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with 2-3 writing samples. Resumes without cover letters or writing samples will not be considered.


Board of Directors

RSF North America has a Board of Directors and an Advisory Board. Our Board of Directors includes Maryam Banikarim (Chair), Christophe Deloire (Secretary), and Delphine Halgand (Treasurer). Click here to learn more information about our board.


Contact Us

Mailing Address
Reporters Without Borders
P.O. Box 34032
Washington, DC 20005

General and Press Inquiries: Noni Ghani at [email protected]


Donation Inquiries: Yeganeh Rezaian at [email protected]


Membership Inquiries: [email protected].