Human Rights

Motley Rice represents individuals harmed by violations of international human rights law in the United States and abroad. We fight to expose and hold accountable individuals, organizations, corporations and government entities that infringe upon basic human rights such as:

  • the right to life
  • the prohibition of slavery and torture
  • equal treatment under the law
  • the freedom of movement
  • the freedom of peaceful assembly

The scope of human rights litigation may range from violent crime, personal injury and property damage to intimidation, unlawful child labor and slavery. Motley Rice lawyers also work to hold multinational corporations accountable for business practices that violate worker rights and put profits above safety.

Foreign citizens are allowed to bring legal claims of human rights violations to the U.S. court system under the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA). The ACTA statute provides victims of human rights abuses with a legal venue to pursue justice against wrongdoers, including cases where parties do not have ties to the United States.

In 2005, Motley Rice attorneys filed a complaint against several leaders of the United Arab Emirates for their alleged involvement in kidnapping, human trafficking and child enslavement of young boys to be used as camel jockeys.

For more information, contact attorney Jodi W. Flowers by email or call +1 800.768.4026.