Welcome to the US home of the international movement ATD Fourth World.  We at ATD Fourth World believe that persistent poverty can be eradicated. It can be done by working in partnership with people living in poverty.  We work on the grassroots level in over 34 countries and in six areas of the US, and maintain consultative status at the United Nations, UNICEF, UNESCO, and the ILO.

“Wherever men and women are condemned to live in poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.” – Joseph Wresinski

What’s going on:

In Haiti, clearing the rubble after the 2010 earthquake.

In Haiti, clearing the rubble after the 2010 earthquake.


Every day, around the world, people living in poverty work for peace in often unseen ways. Joining in this struggle has been the mission of the International Movement ATD Fourth World for more than 50 years.

On September 10th, ATD Fourth World released our newest book, Artisans of Peace Overcoming Poverty, which introduces partners in peace-building whose efforts have too often remained unrecognized.

Artisans of Peace is rooted in participatory research that was conducted by ATD Fourth World on the violence of extreme poverty that showed just how much people living in poverty do to search for peace, to go beyond violence, and to build a sense of community. Through narratives, photos, and video links, we discover the acts of courage, as well as the creativity, experience, and insights of people living in poverty.

The book is available for free download at ebook.atd-fourthworld.org


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