Investigate: Action/Research on State Violence

Knowing what you own is the first step to aligning your investments with your values. You may be invested in state violence through companies involved in mass incarceration, immigrant detention and surveillance, military occupation, or the border industry.

Our database includes original research and lists over 150 company and industry profiles. Learn how companies profit from and support state violence. Then use this knowledge to create change.


Company Spotlight
Elbit Systems (NASDAQ: ESLT)

Involved in:     Occupations     Borders

  • Makes killer and surveillance drones, large weapon systems, and ammunition, including internationally banned weapons.
  • Designs equipment for monitoring walls in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and the U.S.-Mexico border.
Mutual Fund Spotlight
TIAA-CREF Social Choice Equity Fund

This fund, self-designated "socially responsible," has $40M invested in four companies we recommend for divestment: Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Motorola Solutions, Providence Service. Overall, this fund is invested in:

  • The Prisons Industry - $43M | 6 companies
  • Illegal Occupations - $397M | 18 companies
  • Border Militarization - $158M | 5 companies
What is Divestment?

When companies withdraw their investment in harmful institutions of state violence - such as Apartheid, prisons, militarized policing, and war - they also withdraw their political and financial support of these institutions and help create new behavior standards which respect human life, human rights, peace, and sustainability.

In a remarkable development, almost all major U.S. banks have announced they would stop financing companies that run private prisons and immigration detention centers, particularly the two companies that dominate this industry, CoreCivic and GEO Group. This is a big deal.

August 12, 2019

The U.S. government's "Zero-Tolerance" policy on immigration created a surge in the number of children that are locked up in detention facilities. The largest migrant youth detention facility in the U.S. is the Homestead detention center in Florida. It holds at least 2,000 children and is the only for-profit migrant youth detention facility to date.

April 24, 2019
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About Investigate

Investigate is a research and information center that offers investment screens, company profiles, and industry analyses for institutional and private investors, activists, and advocacy groups. Our research focuses on companies involved in state violence and human rights violations around the world, through incarceration and immigrant detention, military occupation, and the border industries.

Investigate is a project of the American Friends Service Committee Economic Activism Program.