From November 6 – 8, 2011 representatives of 17 organizations, Tribes and communities gathered in New Orleans and Mossville, Louisiana at the Communities Working Together to Address U.S. Toxics Policies & U.S. Human Rights Obligations conference.
This three-day series of events included a welcoming reception hosted by Advocates for Environmental Human Rights and attended by Chief Thomas Dardar, Jr. of the United Houma Nation to welcome participants; a community experiences and cultural sharing workshop and community tour in Mossville; and a one-day U.S. Toxics Policies and U.S. Human Rights Obligations roundtable. It was organized by the International Indian Treaty Council/Indigenous Women’s Environmental and Reproductive Health Initiative, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Mossville Environmental Action Now and the U.S. Human Rights Network.
The goals of this three-part conference included: information-sharing about human rights violations caused by environmental toxins which disproportionally target Indigenous Peoples, poor and people of color communities; assessment of U.S. policies, practices, and regulatory mechanisms addressing the production, use, release, and export of environmental toxics in light of U.S. human rights obligations; and development of and strengthening collaborative efforts to implement and incorporate human rights into work for environmental justice at the community, national, and international levels.
Please see the conference report for more detailed information of the gathering.