Issue Area Working Groups


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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-


Criminal Justice

Meena Jagannath, Community Justice Project; Angelo Pinto, Correctional Association of New York; & Nahal Zamani, Center for Constitutional Rights -



Eugene Stanley, Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign & Eric Tars, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty - 



Suraj Madoori & Sean Saifa Wall, Astraea Intersex Human Rights Fund - 



Rosemary Blanchard, Human Rights Educators USA & Ramon Montano, Restorative Pipeline to Success Campaign -



Susana Almanza, PODER Austin -


Workers’ Rights                                  

Mary Gerisch, Vermont Workers Center - 


Water & Sanitation                                  

Sylvia Orduno, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization; Britton Schwartz, Berkeley Law Environmental Law Clinic - 


National Security

Maha Hilal, National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms and Azadeh Shahshahani, Project South -


Immigration, Migrants, & Trafficking                            

Carl Lipscombe, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and Chanravy Proeung, 1Love Movement  - 


Domestic Implementation 

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 -


Political Participation & State Repression/Violence

Vickie Casanova & Standish Willis, The National Conference of Black Lawyers -


* 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.