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Update on USHRN's response to COVID-19

Mar 20, 2020

The US Human Rights Network Coordinating Center is refocusing our work to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and support members of our community who are most vulnerable and the advocates and activists on the ground fighting for their rights.

UPR Update.

While we are not aware of an official announcement postponing the Universal Periodic Review of the United States planned to take place this May, we expect that the Review will be postponed in line with other UN events/conferences. For those folks who were planning to attend the UPR in May, we will be in touch with you as soon as we receive any official notification.

We are here for you.

If you or your community are hard hit and particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, please reach out to us by contacting Chief of Strategy and Programming Whitney Yang: - we want to hear from you and hear how you are doing, how you are responding to human rights violations during this pandemic, and what ideas you have regarding what can be done to support your work. 

Share this public resources document.

Please view, circulate, and add to this COVID-19 Mutual Aid + Advocacy Resources document. This is a working document with resources created and shared by advocates around the country. 

Stay tuned for upcoming COVID-19 webinars.

We’ll be supporting our members at HIV Racial Justice Now and a broader coalition coming together to present a webinar series to provide resources and support to vulnerable communities around the nation. The first webinar date/time will be announced soon.

Join our next membership call.

Our bi-monthly membership call is coming up on April 9 at 11am PT / 12pm CT / 2pm ET. We’ll be focusing the call around our communities’ responses to the coronavirus and offering resources and support to our members. Please save the date and register here.

Thank you.

The USHRN Coordinating Center thanks you, our members, for coming together at this time of uncertainty and anxiety. We know that our community is caring, resilient, and there for each other. We must continue to communicate and come together under difficult conditions and look for opportunities to stand in solidarity for a safer future for everyone. We are hopeful that the exposure of our country’s stark inequalities and lack of a social safety net will continue to provide unprecedented opportunities for progressive advocacy moving forward. 

In solidarity,

US Human Rights Network Coordinating Center