The Human Rights Defenders Movement was created through JLAC’s “Mobilizing Grassroots for the Defense of Human Rights” program funded by the Ford Foundation. The Movement is an independent Palestinian youth movement, comprised of 300 young men and women from throughout the West Bank. Youth participate in intensive training sessions in relevant international humanitarian and human rights laws and conventions, as well as in methods of monitoring and documentation of violations thereof (whether committed by Israeli or Palestinian authorities). The trainings enhance their capacity to detect violations and advocate for needed changes through media campaigns, building public opinion, mobilizing support, formulating memorandums, and raising community awareness. At the same time, the youth are trained in defending personal freedoms within the Palestinian community itself, including freedom of opinion and belief, and standing against any human rights violations carried out by the Palestinian Authority. The Movement believes in a free and democratic Palestinian society. To achieve this, the youth are actively involved in community education and the promotion of a culture of human rights.