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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 at home and abroad. North America monitors and takes action to prevent press freedom violations in the United States, Canada, and the English-speaking Caribbean.


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:

  • 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:


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 Margaux Ewen at RSF (mewen@rsf.org) or Alex Ellerbeck at CPJ (aellerbeck@cpj.org) 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 32 years. Thanks to its local network of correspondents investigating in 130 countries, 12 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, Paris, Brussels, London, Rio de Janeiro, Taipei, Tunis, Berlin, Madrid, Helsinki, Vienna, 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, 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.



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

Margaux Ewen, North America Director

Margaux runs the U.S. activities for the organization and advocates for journalists, bloggers and media rights worldwide. Acting as RSF’s spokesperson in the U.S., Margaux regularly appears on American media (CNN, VOA, The Daily Show, etc.) and foreign media (BBC, Al Jazeera, France 24, etc.) on press freedom violation issues and the work of RSF. Margaux joined RSF’s US office in July 2015 as Advocacy and Communications Director with a background in International Law. She has degrees from the Sorbonne in France and the George Washington University Law School in the US and speaks fluent French. Prior to RSF, she most recently worked with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative to help develop a training manual on mining and human rights for civil society in Guinea. You can contact Margaux by email at mewen@rsf.org and follow her @MargauxEwen.


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 nghani@rsf.org.

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 dpellegrino@rsf.org.


Hilary Koss, North America Development Manager

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Hilary oversees the fundraising opportunities for the US, Canada, and English-speaking Caribbean. Before joining RSF in March 2018, Hilary was formerly the Major Gifts and Planned Giving Coordinator at National Geographic before being promoted to Planned Giving Specialist. She’s worked on fundraising for the Conquer Cancer Foundation, Alley Cat Allies, and volunteers her graphic design services to local nonprofits to assist with their fundraising efforts. Hilary has a Masters in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from Queen's University Belfast and a Bachelors in Politics and Theatre from Converse College. You can contact Hilary by email at hkoss@rsf.org.

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 rwb_dc2@rsf.org 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 Peter Price (Chairman), 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


Tax ID Number (EIN): 20-0708028


General and Press Inquiries: Noni Ghani at nghani@rsf.org


Donation Inquiries: Hilary Koss at hkoss@rsf.org


Membership Inquiries: membershipusa@rsf.org.