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USHRN presents at Congressional Briefing in Washington, D.C.

Jan 28, 2019

Along with organizing partners from the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, The City University of New York School of Law Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic, and Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the US Human Rights Network participated in a congressional briefing on the United Nations Report on Extreme Poverty in the United States, produced by the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Professor Philip Alston. 

The Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty visited the United States in 2017 and noted in his report that "The United States is one of the world’s richest, most powerful and technologically innovative countries; but neither its wealth nor its power nor its technology is being harnessed to address the situation in which 40 million people continue to live in poverty."

During the briefing, the partnering organizations sought to demonstrate how Professor Alston's report and the human rights framework can be used to guide a legislative agenda to end extreme poverty in the US.

The event garnered a buzz on Capitol Hill and resulted in a standing room only crowd of staffers and a sitting Congresswoman, Representative Terri Sewell of Alabama.

Read the statement made by Roberto Borrero on behalf of the USHRN or watch the full congressional briefing below.



• Roberto Borrero, Director of International Mechanisms, US Human Rights Network
• Catherine Flowers, Executive Director, Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise
• Breana Lipscomb, Manager, Maternal Health & Rights Initiative, Center for Reproductive Rights
• Annette Martinez Orabona, Director, Human Rights Clinic of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico
• Eric Tars, Senior Attorney, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
• Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program

Marcia Johnson-Blanco, Co-Director, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Board of Directors, US Human Rights Network



Standing room only crowd at the congressional briefing


Congresswoman Terri Sewell of Alabama, makes remarks to the audience at the congressional briefing