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
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT)

Involved in:     Occupations     Borders

  • A major investor in AnyVision, whose facial recognition technology is installed in illegal military checkpoints and throughout the occupied West Bank, placing Palestinian civilian population under constant surveillance.
  • Provides ICE with cloud computing services that store multiple systems the agency uses to surveil immigrant communities in the US.
Mutual Fund Spotlight
TIAA-CREF Social Choice Equity Fund

This fund, self-designated "socially responsible," has $44M invested in three companies we recommend for divestment: Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Motorola Solutions. Overall, this fund is invested in:

  • The Prisons Industry - $50M | 6 companies
  • Illegal Occupations - $626M | 19 companies
  • Border Militarization - $192M | 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.

High-tech giants Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco Systems have recently been exposed for their direct cooperation with governments on projects that restrict freedoms and violate human rights. All three companies boast about their human rights policies and ethical standards. We ask them to implement their own standards and immediately step away from their complicity in these projects.

November 26, 2019

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
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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 militarization industries.

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