Human Rights Watch (HRW) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of over 250 staff members located around the globe. HRW consists of journalists, lawyers, academics, and country experts of many nationalities and diverse backgrounds. Formed in 1978, HRW is known for its accurate fact-finding, evenhanded reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often conducted jointly with other human rights groups. Each year, HRW publishes more than 100 fact-based reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 70 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media. With the leverage this brings, HRW meets with government officials and other influential actors to press for justice and for changes in policy and practice to prevent future abuses. Its representatives regularly meet with leading officials at the United Nations, with regional groups like the African Union and European Union, and with individual governments around the world.