The International Mechanisms Coordinating Committee (IMCC) is the overarching body guiding the USHRN’s work with human rights mechanisms. It is an oversight body to make sure our government is implementing HR body recommendations and think through broad human rights education around treaty reviews, connecting the dots between different Working Groups and issue areas. USHRN works to engage our membership and the broader social justice community in the effective use of human rights mechanisms as tools to advance a domestic agenda based on human rights. To facilitate this process, the USHRN has created four standing coordinating structures called taskforces and 12 issue area working groups that operate under the auspices of the IMCC. The IMCC is tasked with ensuring continuity within, and linkages between the taskforces and working groups. The four USHRN taskforces are the: 1) CERD Taskforce (The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination Taskforce); 2) ICCPR Taskforce (The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Taskforce); 3) CAT Taskforce (The Convention Against Torture Taskforce); and 4) UPR Taskforce (The Universal Periodic Review Taskforce). The 12 issue area working groups are: 1) Equality & Non-Discrimination; 2) Criminal Justice; 3) Housing; 4) Health; 5) Education; 6) Environment; 7) Workers’ Rights; 8) Water & Sanitation; 9) National Security; 10) Immigration, Migrants, & Trafficking; 11) Domestic Implementation; and 12) Political Participation & State Repression/Violence.
The IMCC membership is comprised of longer-stander members who are the co-chairs of each of the four international mechanisms taskforces, and an additional expanded membership. The members of the IMCC are as follows:
IMCC Coordinator: Rebecca Landy, US Human Rights Network (USHRN)
ICCPR Co-Chair: Tina Sinha, Asian Law Caucus
CAT Co-Chair: Scott Roehm, Center for Victims of Torture
CERD Chair: Marcia Johnson Blanco, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
UPR Co-Chairs: Mary Gerisch, Vermont Workers Center; Joshua Cooper, Four Freedoms Forum
USHRN Welcomes Newly Selected Expanded IMCC Members (July 2016):
Jamil Dakwar, ACLU
Janet Duran, New Jersey Red Umbrella Alliance
Mujahid Farid, Release Aging People in Prison Campaign (RAPP)
JR Fleming, Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign
Stephanie Franklin, Franklin Law Group
Sara Mokuria, Mothers Against Police Brutality
Stephanie Schroeder, U.S. Marine Corps Ret.
Kimberly Zieselman, interACT
USHRN International Mechanisms Coordinating Committee (IMCC) Expansion – Call for Grassroots and Directly Impacted Applicants, April 2016
USHRN International Mechanisms Coordinating Committee (IMCC) Expansion and Structure
USHRN is reconstituting and expanding our International Mechanisms Coordinating Committee (IMCC) to include more grassroots and directly impacted representatives. The role of the new reconstituted IMCC would be to encourage broad public discourse and education about human rights and what the recommendations are, help coordinate and facilitate conversation between different issue area working groups, and update members on new opportunities for engaging with human rights mechanisms. Our goal is to maintain and grow the momentum that we gained in engaging current grassroots movements in using human rights mechanisms.
Currently the IMCC includes eight members, who were the co-chairs of the now dormant international mechanism taskforces. To see the list of current IMCC members, go here. We are recruiting 8 additional new IMCC members.
Our Commitment to Broad and Diverse Participation
Although the IMCC cannot be representative of all human rights issues, we are committed to ensuring that the IMCC represents a diversity of issue areas, constituencies, and geographic locations. We are particularly committed to engaging small organizations and groups new to international human rights advocacy in the process.
The USHRN is also committed to supporting a broad participatory process. We aim to organize multiple opportunities for engagement in addition to participation in the IMCC. This will include: helping to coordinate or contribute to community outreach and education, human rights messaging, strategizing around state and local implementation of international human rights recommendations, and participating in consultations and other meetings with federal and local officials regarding implementation and institutionalization of human rights in the United States. We will also make every effort to be inclusive of those unable to volunteer during the work day and accommodate schedules of individuals in different time zones. We will look to members and partners to help us find the most effective ways to achieve this broad and effective participation.
What We Are Looking For in IMCC Membership
We are looking for organizations and/or individuals, who are willing and able to make a commitment to participation for at least 2 years, and are committed to the USHRN mission and principals, and meet all of the following criteria:
- Are directly impacted by human rights violations and/or work with or on behalf of directly impacted communities;
- Have experience in using the human rights framework and engaging with human rights mechanisms, or who have an interest in developing such an expertise; and
- Member of USHRN or willingness to become a member of USHRN upon selection.
Instructions for IMCC Applicants:
Anyone interested in applying to be a volunteer leader with USHRN on the IMCC will need to provide a resume and statement of interest, including:
- Your name, organizational affiliation (if any), email and phone number
- A description of how you meet the criteria outlined above (under “what we are looking for in IMCC members”), including if you are able to commit to participate for the 2 year time period;
- How you or your organization will contribute to the USHRN’s advocacy and activism efforts
- Your time availability and if you are willing to volunteer on weekends and evenings (we will make every effort to be inclusive of those unable to volunteer during the work day and accommodate schedules of individuals in different time zones);
- How you and/or your organization will educate your community/constituency about the human rights framework and international mechanisms recommendations, implementation, and follow up; and
- How you or your organization will use the recommendations from the treaty body review process to advocate implementation on a state and local level,
USHRN views all its work through an intersectional lens; meaning we look at ways different forms of discrimination and disadvantage intersect and overlap including how people of color and Indigenous Peoples experience additional forms of discrimination based on gender, gender-identity, immigration status, disability, sexuality, religion, and age—to better understand the full impact of human rights violations on individuals and populations. All IMCC members will be expected to take an intersectional analysis.
Requirements: Participate in monthly IMCC calls. Attend bi-annual call with the working group co-chairs. IMCC members are strongly encouraged to take part in USHRN member meeting calls and join a USHRN issue area working group.
Benefits: IMCC members will also have the opportunity to participate in invite-only meeting with UN and U.S. government officials.
The Decision Making Process/Timeline: A selection committee will review all applications. The selection committee will include USHRN Coordinating Center staff, 2 current members of the IMCC, and 2-3 USHRN members. Decisions will be made by late May and the first expanded IMCC meeting should take place in mid-June.
If you are interested in volunteering for this USHRN leadership position as a new member of the IMCC, please send a resume and application form to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business May 17th, explaining your interest in participating in the IMCC. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Only applicants who are directly impacted by human rights violations and/or work with or on behalf of directly impacted grassroots communities will be considered. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, senior citizens, youth, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Note: Members of the IMCC may apply to be working group co-chairs, if your schedule permits the time commitment. Also, there is a possibility to apply to be both a working group co-chair and a member of the expanding IMCC.