About

WHAT IS AITO?

Amnesty International Toronto Organization (AITO) supports Amnesty International groups, entities, networks, and members in the Greater Toronto Area and is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency. AITO enables local Amnesty International volunteer initiatives and participation in public awareness events such as film screenings, tabling, Pride Parade, Word on the Street, rallies, the annual Reel Awareness Human Rights Film Festival and more; we also disburse funds to support the work of Amnesty International Canada, English-speaking section.

AITO has a commitment to promoting AI Canada Branch core yearly operating goals as they are developed. We promote communication, coordinate activities and share information and resources among AI groups/teams and individual members in the GTA. We work actively to educate our members and the general public about international human rights and the violations of those rights.

We are a strictly volunteer-run organization of passionate human rights activists from all walks of life who are doing important, life-saving human rights work right here in the GTA. We are an open and accessible organization. You can join us by attending our monthly meetings on the 3rd Thursday of the month (except December and August when we don’t meet) at 7pm at the Amnesty International Toronto office, 1992 Yonge Street on the 3rd floor, or email board@aito.ca . We would love to meet you and help you get involved!

Toronto office

The Toronto National Office of Amnesty International provides services to the public and to local AI members. Drop in during our office hours (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 10AM and 5PM) to:

  • Learn more about our organization – and how you can get involved
  • Research human rights violations around the world, using our extensive files
  • View or borrow videos on Amnesty or on particular countries
  • Purchase Amnesty International publications, including our Annual Report
  • Buy some of our great T-shirts, caps, greeting cards, and gift items

The Toronto office is also home to the Canadian Section’s Urgent Action Network (UAN). Urgent Appeals are relayed by e-mail from the International Secretariat in London. Within a few hours, telegrams, telexes or faxes are sent on behalf of people suffering grave human rights abuses. Case sheets are distributed to UAN members across Canada.

The office serves as a meeting place for AI groups, networks, and committees, and specialized teams. New member orientation nights and other special events are also held in the office. Service to the public is provided by an Office Coordinator and a team of dedicated volunteers.