The mission of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission is to promote, defend and advocate internationally recognized human rights norms as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and other relevant human rights instruments, in a nonpartisan manner, both within and outside of Congress. In particular, the Commission shall:
- Develop congressional strategies to promote, defend and advocate internationally recognized human rights norms reflecting the role and responsibilities of the United States Congress.
- Raise greater awareness of human rights issues among Members of Congress and their staff, as well as the public.
- Provide expert human rights advice to Members of Congress and their staff.
- Advocate on behalf of individuals or groups whose human rights are violated or are in danger of being violated.
- Collaborate closely with professional staff of relevant congressional committees on human rights matters.
- Collaborate closely with the President of the United States and the Executive Branch, as well as recognized national and international human rights entities, to promote human rights initiatives in the United States Congress.
- Encourage Members of Congress to actively engage in human rights matters.