Center for Family and Human Rights

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Center for Family and Human Rights Institute
C-FAM logo1.jpg
Founded 1997
Type Non-governmental organization
Focus International Law
Family Law
Social Policy
Area served
United States
Key people
Austin Ruse, President

The Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam) is a United States-based research institute/think tank, founded in 1997, in order to monitor and affect the policy debate at the United Nations and other international institutions. Referring to human dignity and a conventional understanding of related law and national sovereignty, it describes its mission as "to defend life and family at international institutions and to publicize the debate", with its core values including "Fidelity to the teachings of the Church".[1][2]


C-Fam's Board of Patrons includes Lord Nicholas Windsor, Mary Ellen Bork, Robert P. George, Leonard Leo, and Hadley Arkes.[3] In July 2013, Austin Ruse, its current president, was identified as a key member of Groundswell, a coalition of conservative activists and journalists attempting to make political change behind the scenes.[4]


The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated C-Fam an anti-LGBT hate group.[5][6] The SPLC has characterized the institute as being "heavily focused on global anti-LGBT work", citing its opposition to United Nations efforts to protect LGBT rights and to study and prevent anti-LGBT violence, and praise of American anti-gay activist Scott Lively.[7] In a statement posted on its website, C-Fam responded that SPLC's criteria is biased against its "conservative opponents"; that SPLC has been accused of inflating its list of hate groups; and that the charges were false.[8]

UN recognition[edit]

In February, 2014, the 19-member NGO Committee of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) unanimously approved C-Fam for Special Consultative Status. On April 23, 2014, the ECOSOC granted this status without objection.[9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Us". Center for Family and Human Rights. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Mission Statement". Center for Family and Human Rights. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Board of Patrons". Center for Family and Human Rights. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Vicens, AJ (July 25, 2013). "Meet Groundswell's Major Players". Mother Jones. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Hate Map: DC"
  6. ^ Could Austin Ruse’s Violent Rhetoric Endanger C-Fam’s Status with the UN?
  7. ^ Beirich, Heidi (Fall 2013). "Dangerous Liaisons". Intelligence Report. Southern Poverty Law Center (151). 
  8. ^ "C-Fam Response to Southern Poverty Law Center Regarding Classification as a Hate Group". Center for Family and Human Rights. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "United Nations Official Document". Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  10. ^ "Economic and Social Council, Opening Coordination, Management Meetings, Adopts Five Decisions, Holds Subsidiary Body Elections". Retrieved 2014-05-07. 

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