Terms and Conditions

AIUSA Member Center User Agreement

Welcome to the AIUSA Member Center! By participating in the Member Center, you agree that you have read and will follow the rules and guidelines below. Questions should be directed to membercenter@aiusa.org or via the Contact Us form on this site.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with the AIUSA Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct applies to all persons who participate in any human rights activities in the name of AIUSA, including the AIUSA Member Center. In addition, all users agree to respect the Amnesty International core human rights principles as outlined in the Amnesty International global statute. Amnesty international forms a global community of human rights defenders based on the principles of international solidarity, effective action for the individual victim, global coverage, the universality and indivisibility of human rights, impartiality and independence, and democracy and mutual respect.  To foster an environment that encourages civil and fruitful dialogue, AIUSA reserves the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone violating these rules.

The Member Center is regulated by the rules and etiquette outlined below. All Member Center participants should help encourage the culture they want to see. Should you find a post that falls outside of these guidelines, mark the post as inappropriate for our moderators to review. If you need support or accommodations to fully use the Member Center, please contact membercenter@aiusa.org.

The Rules 

  • Discrimination or harassment, as defined by the AIUSA Code of Conduct, will not be tolerated. All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal behavior is strictly prohibited. 

  • Practice and uphold non-discrimination, accessibility, participation and inclusion, respect for diversity, and equity between and among all individuals (IDEA). 

  • Respect others. Focus on the content of what is shared and not on the people making them. Respectfully challenge thoughts by asking questions but refrain from personal attacks. Extend the benefit of the doubt to newer guests and members; all questions are welcome. 

  • Be open to differing perspectives; engage curiosity over judgment. 

  • Speak from your own personal experience. Avoid speaking for others by using “we,” “us,” or “them”. Do not assume or expect one person to speak on behalf of an entire group.  

  • Assume good intentions and take responsibility for harm you may cause regardless of your intent. 

  • Respect the purpose of the Member Center community. Use the community to share successes, challenges, constructive feedback, questions, and goals related to Amnesty International and human rights activism, education, and advocacy. Unless vetted and approved, post only Amnesty-related content, including actions, events and petitions. Do not post calls to action from other organizations. Do not post non-Amnesty fundraising pages, including GoFundMe, Facebook fundraisers, etc. Do not share or offer paid products or services. 

  • To protect our nonprofit status under section 501(c)(3), when you’re discussing any election do not refer to any candidate or political party or platform. You can address the issues, but not any politician’s or party’s stance on them.
  • Do not share any sensitive, confidential, or personal information about Amnesty activists, staff, or any Member Center user without their consent. 

  • Content that is marked “internal” or “confidential” should not be shared outside of the AIUSA Member Center.

Posting and Discussion Etiquette 

  • Start discussions and share resources in the appropriate community. In most cases, it is not appropriate to post the same content across multiple communities. This helps ensure all messages receive the best response by eliminating unnecessary repetition. 

  • State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your post and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject. 

  • Use threads to respond to a post. This helps others keep track of the conversation. If you have a new topic to discuss, start a new discussion instead of changing the topic through a thread. 

  • Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals, not in response to all. Do this by choosing to “reply privately” or “reply to sender”. 

  • Do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me from the list,” to the group. Instead, use the web interface to change your notification or email settings. To update your email address, send a message on the Contact Us page. 

  • Be mindful of dominating the Member Center with too many posts. 

  • Explain and/or spell out acronyms, slang or jargon, and if you aren’t sure what something means, please ask! 

  • Whenever possible, be specific about the location and time zones for events, meetings, deadlines, and other time-dependent content.

Legal Considerations

This site is provided solely as a service for members and activists of AIUSA.AIUSA is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. Any statement or opinion posted on the site by any member or activist is, unless expressly authorized by AIUSA, solely that of the person posting and not to be attributed to AIUSA.

Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the copyright owner’s permission. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that they owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner and agrees to defend and indemnify AIUSA in full for any liability, loss or damages (including attorney )that AIUSA might be assessed or incur in the event of any claim or demand made with respect to any such information or other material by its copyright owner.

Privacy Policy

Any personal information you provide to us, including and similar to your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, will not be released, sold, or rented to any entities or individuals outside of our organization except as noted below.

With Whom Do We Share the Personal Information We Collect Through This Site:

Our Service Providers 
We may share your personal information with companies (including our affiliates) that perform services on our behalf, for example, companies that help process credit card payments. Our service providers are required by contract to protect the confidentiality of the personal information we share with them and to use it only to provide specific services on our behalf.

Government and Legal Disclosures  
We may disclose the personal information we collect through this Site, when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law (or court order or subpoena); to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to enforce our Terms and Conditions or other agreements that govern your use of this Site; or to protect the rights, property or safety of our company, our users, or others.

External Sites 
We are not responsible for the content of external internet sites. You are advised to read the privacy policy of external sites before disclosing any personal information.

A "cookie" is a small data text file that is placed in your browser and allows us to recognize you each time you visit this site (personalization, etc.). Cookies contain no personal information, and we do not use cookies to collect personal information. Cookies may also be used by 3rd party content providers such as news feeds.

Remember the Risks Whenever You Use the Internet 
While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us. You are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. In addition, other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through our site have separate data and privacy practices independent of us, and therefore we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those vendors and others directly if you have any questions about their privacy policies. For any other information, please contact us using the Contact Us page or email membercenter@aiusa.org.