In 2000, Breakthrough U.S. and India were launched out of a critical need to meet people where they are, and inform, educate and mobilize them to take a stand for human rights globally. Under the visionary leadership of founder Mallika Dutt, Breakthrough has effectively harnessed the power of pop culture, the arts, media, and tech to promote the rights and safety of women and girls, and raise awareness of other critical issues like immigration and HIV/AIDS.
Like so many organizations, Breakthrough U.S. has been forced to navigate unprecedented and unchartered waters over the past two years. Through these challenges, our amazing staff in the U.S. has continued forward with hope, intentionality, and an unwavering commitment to advancing human rights and justice for all. However, we have now made the decision to focus our combined resources and energy towards expanding our work with millions of young people in India. Therefore, we will sunset our U.S. programming effective March 31, 2023.
Today, we celebrate the many vital and bold contributions we have made to gender, racial, and ethnic justice, and honor the many partners who are now leaders in the field. We are tremendously proud of all that Breakthrough U.S. has accomplished and know that its legacy will live on through the rich library of multimedia, events, and campaigns created and curated in its 23 year history.
While this new development is bittersweet, we encourage you to continue to follow the groundbreaking work of Breakthrough India and support the many other organizations both in the U.S. and globally that are using media and storytelling to promote and amplify urgent issues facing women and girls domestically and internationally.
In the words of our founder, “Human rights start with you.” We hope you will remain dedicated to creating a more just and equitable world and are grateful to have your continued good will and support through this period of transition.
Breakthrough U.S. Board of Directors