Issue Area Working Groups
List of USHRN Working Groups
Issue Area Working Groups are the USHRN member structures where members engaged in the same type of work or campaigns can join together into a coalition or team.
For example, organizations and individuals working on immigration or gentrification can join a Working Group dealing with that Issue Area.
This structure allows human rights defenders to pool resources, talents and information into a coherent team that meets (virtually) on a regular basis.
Below is a list of previous Working Groups, including some that remain functional:
Equality & Non-Discrimination
Natalie Collier, Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative; Renee Hatcher, John Marshall Law School; & Farah Tanis, Black Women’s Blueprint- email@example.com
Meena Jagannath, Community Justice Project; Angelo Pinto, Correctional Association of New York; & Nahal Zamani, Center for Constitutional Rights - firstname.lastname@example.org
Eugene Stanley, Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign & Eric Tars, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty - email@example.com
Suraj Madoori & Sean Saifa Wall, Astraea Intersex Human Rights Fund - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosemary Blanchard, Human Rights Educators USA & Ramon Montano, Restorative Pipeline to Success Campaign - email@example.com
Susana Almanza, PODER Austin - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Gerisch, Vermont Workers Center - email@example.com
Water & Sanitation
Sylvia Orduno, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization; Britton Schwartz, Berkeley Law Environmental Law Clinic - firstname.lastname@example.org
Maha Hilal, National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms and Azadeh Shahshahani, Project South - email@example.com
Immigration, Migrants, & Trafficking
Carl Lipscombe, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and Chanravy Proeung, 1Love Movement - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC); Silvia Diaz Moore, Afro Kamba Kua; Dr. Jared Bell, Center for International Peace and Reconciliation and the International University of Sarajevo - email@example.com
Political Participation & State Repression/Violence
Vickie Casanova & Standish Willis, The National Conference of Black Lawyers - firstname.lastname@example.org
* 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 working group members will be expected to take an intersectional analysis.