Human Rights

Foundation grants support advocacy and protection of the rights to political freedom, humane treatment, free speech and international legal standards. The Foundation has a particular interest in protections from abuse of power, the use of economics to promote social justice, and women’s rights.


Committee to Protect Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, non-profit organization founded to promote press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. The Foundation provides operating support for core activities.

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Freedom House

Founded in 1941 by Eleanor Roosevelt and Wendell Wilkie as a nonpartisan organization, Freedom House  has long been a leader in identifying threats to freedom of expression both in the U.S. and abroad. The Foundation provided support for its annual global press freedom index, Freedom of the Press: A Global Survey of Media Independence, an assessment of the level of media freedom in each country, and its dissemination worldwide as a tool to help defend and advance freedom of expression.

Immigrant Justice Corps

Immigrant Justice Corps

The Leon Levy Foundation has long supported initiatives to address the lack of adequate legal counsel for immigrants in New York.

Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) is the country’s first fellowship program dedicated to meeting the need for high-quality legal assistance for immigrants seeking citizenship and fighting deportation. Inspired by Chief Judge Robert Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, IJC recruits talented lawyers and college graduates from around the country and partners them with New York City’s leading non-profit legal services providers and community-based organizations to offer a broad range of immigration assistance including naturalization, deportation defense, and affirmative applications for asylum seekers, juveniles, and victims of crime, domestic violence or human trafficking.

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National Coalition Against Censorship

The National Coalition Against Censorship promotes freedom of thought, inquiry and expression and opposes censorship in all its forms. The Jerome Levy Foundation supports NCAC’s Youth Free Expression Project (YFEP). YFEP confronts the kinds of censorship young people encounter on a daily basis – including access to books, art, and sexuality education – and promotes policies that emphasize informing, educating, and guiding young people so that they can safely navigate and participate in contemporary culture.