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USHRN Report: 2018 Status of Human Rights in the US

USHRN statement on the removal of immigrant children from parents

  • USHRN Report: 2018 Status of Human Rights in the US
  • USHRN statement on the removal of immigrant children from parents

 

USHRN petition pressures Hawai’i government officials

We did it! Last week, we successfully delivered our petition [link] against the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project on Mauna Kea sacred mountain, signed by 50 civil society organizations, academic institutions, and Indigenous Peoples around the world. Our signatories represent thousands of concerned individuals across the world. Thank you for speaking up and signing your organization on.

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Join six expert panelists on August 16: Ending violence at work

Don’t forget to register for tomorrow’s webinar led by our partners at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University. US Human Rights Network Executive Director Dr. Rosalee Gonzalez will be moderating a discussion between labor rights leaders from four leading organizations on the International Labour Organization's groundbreaking new convention to end violence at work. 

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Trump must denounce white nationalist domestic terrorism

Phoenix, AZ - Following the horrific domestic terror attack in El Paso, Texas, the US Human Rights Network released the following statement calling for Donald Trump to take responsibility for his dangerous, racist rhetoric and denounce white nationalist violence.

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Interview: LGBTQI activist Sam Brinton on how engaging at the United Nations moved their advocacy back home

Sam is one of the world’s leading advocates for LGBTQ youth. They currently serve as the Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs for The Trevor Project, the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth.

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Petition Sign-On: Stop the Thirty Meter Telescope project from desecrating Mauna Kea

Please share the petition with your networks -- let’s work together to mobilize human rights defenders everywhere in support of Kanaka Maoli, Indigenous Peoples, and sacred places everywhere. 

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Request for Comprehensive In Loco Visit to the US and Mexico

The US Human Rights Network signed on to this important letter to representatives at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights requesting them to visit the US-Mexico border to consider human rights violations against migrants.

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Join activists at Mauna Kea, the US-Mexico border, and Puerto Rico on tomorrow’s Membership Call

Please don’t forget to register for tomorrow’s Membership Call. We’ll be joined by our members on the frontlines including Pua Case, leading the activism at Mauna Kea in Hawai’i; Marlene Chavez, working at the Southern border in Texas; and Natasha Bannan, updating us on ongoing protests and the possible resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló in Puerto Rico.

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The resistance to Pompeo’s “natural law” commission is gaining traction

Last week we asked your organization to stand with the US Human Rights Network and sign onto an important letter calling on the Trump Administration to disband the dangerous new “Commission on Unalienable Rights”. 

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Another police officer walks, but the fight is not over. We stand for Eric Garner.

Phoenix, AZ - Following the announcement last week that the police officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner will not be charged, the US Human Rights Network released the following statement:

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We must defend reproductive healthcare and fight the Title X gag rule

Phoenix, AZ - Following the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling last week, which refused to block the Trump Administration’s Title X gag rule, the US Human Rights Network released the following statement.

 

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High Commissioner Bachelet: Immigration detention is never in the best interests of a child

It is with gratitude and appreciation that the US Human Rights Network shares the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s statement on the conditions of migrants and refugees in detention. We commend High Commissioner Bachelet’s efforts to cooperate with US Civil Society and listen to our accounts of atrocities at the US-Mexico border. 

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Holding the Trump Administration Accountable to Human Rights Violations Through Global Treaty on Civil and Political Rights

The following message is from the USHRN ICCPR Task Force Co-Chairs, Jamil Dakwar (ACLU) and Elica Vafaie (Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus).

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USHRN demands an end to cruel family separation and inhumane child detention at the US-Mexico border

PHOENIX - Following alarming reports released in June by a team of independent experts on the inhumane and degrading conditions of Border Patrol facilities where hundreds of child migrants are being detained, the US Human Rights Network released the following statement:

 

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New ILO treaty to end gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work

The US Human Rights Network is pleased to announce that the International Labor Organization (ILO) adopted a groundbreaking Convention and Recommendation on ending violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work at its centenary International Labor Conference (ILC) in Geneva last week.

 

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USHRN stands for the rights of LGBTI communities

Every June marks Pride Month, the internationally recognized celebration of the Stonewall uprising of 1969 that sparked the movement for gay rights in the United States. At the center of this movement were transgender women of color, whose activism has been overlooked in history too often.

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ICCPR Task Force calls on DRL to draft US Fifth Periodic Report

On June 14, 2019, the US Human Rights Network International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Task Force submitted a letter to the federal Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) signed by 53 civil society organizations. 

 

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USHRN Celebrates Juneteenth with National Call on the IDPAD and discussions on reparations

June 19 marked Juneteenth, an important annual celebration of the freedom of People of African Descent enslaved in the United States.

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Welcome Salimah Hankins, Esq., new USHRN Deputy Director

In her role as Deputy Director, Salimah will oversee the administrative processes within the organization to manage, design and implement leadership programs and work closely with the Executive Director in strategic planning, community relations, and organizational administration.

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USHRN applauds the human rights victory at the border: Tucson jury fails to indict activist and humanitarian aid provider Scott Warren

PHOENIX - Following the jury’s failure to indict No More Deaths/No Más Muertes co-founder and volunteer Scott Warren in the federal case against him, the US Human Rights Network released the following statement:

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USHRN objects to new human rights commission based on “natural law;” affirms sexual freedom and the rights of LGBTI and GNC communities

PHOENIX -- Following the announcement of the creation of a new human rights commission based on “natural law,” the US Human Rights Network released the following statement in solidarity with women, LGBTI, GNC communities and those fighting for the protection of sexual freedom:

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Indigenous Alliance Without Borders Releases Handbook on Indigenous Peoples’ Border Crossing Rights

Tucson, AZ - The Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras/Indigenous Alliance Without Borders has released a “Know Your Rights” manual related to the rights of American Indians and Indigenous community members while crossing the U.S. - México border for tribal, cultural or family reasons. The “Handbook on Indigenous Peoples’ Border Crossing Rights Between the United States and Mexico” will serve as an accessible resource guide for tribal peoples wishing to cross tribal members between the U.S.-México border.

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International Labor Conference negotiates a standard-setting process to end violence and harassment in the world of work

As part of our ongoing efforts to support and amplify work on the ground to end violence in the world of work, we are highlighting the 108th Session of the International Labor Conference (June 10-21) where negotiations are currently taking place among governments, employers, and worker representatives in which they will decide on and adopt the first standard-setting instrument on violence against women and men in the world of work.

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Sign-On Opportunity: Repeal provisions in 1996 immigration laws that criminalize immigrants and communities of color

The US Human Rights Network has signed-on to this important letter, calling for the repeal of many provisions in two 1996 immigration laws: the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act.

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Sign-On Opportunity: Letter to the U.S. Government to Comply with ICCPR Human Rights Obligations

Please find a link to the sign-on letter urging the U.S. government to respond to the U.N. Human Rights Committee's LOIPR in a timely manner and in compliance with the ICCPR reporting obligations. 

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USHRN calls for immediate payment of all UN member States’ dues to secure vital funding for human rights treaty bodies

PHOENIX - Following the announcement of funding cuts to multiple UN human rights treaty bodies, the US Human Rights Network released the following statement:

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USHRN signs open letter to UN Member States regarding funding cuts to human rights expert bodies

The US Human Rights Network was one of 399 civil society organizations to sign this urgent open letter to UN Member States regarding unprecedented funding cuts to UN human rights expert bodies. We are calling on all Member States - including the United States - to pay their dues immediately, in order to assure the functioning of the United Nation's vital human rights mechanisms. Read the letter here.

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Call for inputs: Views and proposals on a draft legally binding instrument on the right to development

The Chair-Rapporteur of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development has been requested by the Human Rights Council, in its resolution 39/9, to prepare a draft legally binding instrument on the right to development.

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A New UN Permanent Forum on People of African Descent Advances

A multi-stakeholder consultation on the modalities, format and substantive and procedural aspects of the new United Nations Permanent Forum on People of African Descent took place at Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on May 10, 2019.

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USHRN members release new report on sanitation and wastewater in the US

USHRN members and partners Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University recently released their report titled “Flushed and Forgotten: Sanitation and Wastewater in Rural Communities in the US,” co-authored with the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise.

 

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Upcoming Universal Periodic Review: Hold the US Accountable to its Human Rights Obligations

The United Nations Periodic Review (UPR) is a cyclical process through which the human rights records of all UN Member States are reviewed every four years.

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USHRN opposes Donald Trump’s nomination of Kelly Craft as next United Nations Ambassador

PHOENIX — Following the Trump Administration’s nomination of Kelly Craft as United Nations Ambassador, the US Human Rights Network released the following statement:

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USHRN opposes restricting abortion, affirms nation’s obligation to protect the human right to safe and legal abortion

PHOENIX — Following recent laws passed in Georgia and Alabama restricting women’s right to safe and legal abortion, the US Human Rights Network issued the following statement on abortion rights

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Atlanta Human Rights Cities Convening - Summary and Outcomes

On April 26-28, 2019, the National Human Rights Cities Alliance led a Human Rights Cities Convening in Atlanta, Georgia. The Atlanta gathering was the most recent of a series of ongoing events since 2015 to develop the Human Rights Cities model in the United States. 

 

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Call for inputs on “the situation of Human Rights Defenders in the Americas” (deadline 10 June 2019)

Call for inputs for the Joint Report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on “the situation of Human Rights Defenders in the Americas” (deadline 10 June 2019)

 

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Report: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

From April 22 to May 3, 2019, USHRN members Tai Pelli (Taíno), Sachem Hawk Storm (Schaghticoke), Niria Alicia Garcia Torres (Xicana-Purepecha), Enedina Banks (Potawatomi) and Joshua Cooper, participated in the 18th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) alongside USHRN International Mechanisms Director, Roberto Borrero (Taíno).

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Call for submissions: Sustainable Development Goal 2 and the right to food

The Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food is seeking inputs from States, NGOs, private sector actors, academic institutions and all relevant stakeholders, through responses to the question below. Your replies will inform the Special Rapporteur’s analysis and contribute to her thematic report. The deadline for submission is 20 May 2019.

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Call for inputs - UN SR migrants: “gender-responsive migration laws, policies and practices”

Transmission of a questionnaire from the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Mr. Felipe González Morales, to receive inputs for his thematic report to the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. The report will focus on good practices and initiatives of gender-responsive migration legislation, policies, and practices. Deadline: 24 May 2019

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USHRN condemns Chabad of Poway synagogue shooting

PHOENIX — Following the anti-Semitic shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in Poway, California, the US Human Rights Network released the following statement...

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Consensus Document to be submitted to the United Nations on the Permanent Forum for People of African Descent

This document is a consensus document to be submitted to the United Nations as part of the discussions the UN proposed Permanent Forum on People of African Descent. The document will be discussed at a consultation meeting on the Forum in Geneva, Switzerland on 10 May 2019. The consensus document is open for organizational sign-on until 6pm EST on May 6, 2019.

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Call for Inputs: Domestic Violence and the Prohibition of Torture and Ill-Treatment

Thematic Consultations of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Deadline 15 May 2019

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Online registration granting access to Palais des Nations, Geneva, May 2019 now open

Please click here to access two links for online registration to be granted access to Palais des Nations for the following events:

·         One-day consultation on the permanent forum on people of African descent (10 May 2019)

·         Group of Independent Eminent Experts on the Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (6-9 May 2019)

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Cora Weiss Fellowship for Young Women Peacebuilders application now open

The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) is pleased to announce its fourth annual Cora Weiss Fellowship for Young Women Peacebuilders. Deadline for application is May 31, 2019.

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Call for submissions: Thematic report to the UN General Assembly on digital technology, social protection and human rights

The Special Rapporteur invites all interested governments, civil society organizations, academics, international organizations, activists, corporations and others, to provide written input for his thematic report. The Special Rapporteur is keen to hear from individuals and organizations with different areas of expertise, including, but not limited to: social protection systems, digital technologies, digital rights, welfare rights, human rights, and development. Deadline: 17 May 2019

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80+ organizations urge Secretary of State to invite Special Rapporteur on Racism to US

In yet another move undermining UN human rights mechanisms, the Trump Administration has failed to nominate a representative to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). The USHRN will continue our efforts to hold the US accountable for its human rights violations at home and encourage the United Nations to review the practices of the US. 

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USHRN denounces Donald Trump’s attacks on Representative Ilhan Omar

PHOENIX — Following Donald Trump’s tweet of a video juxtaposing images of Congressmember Ilhan Omar with footage of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks, the US Human Rights Network issued the following statement:

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Tribal Link Foundation Celebrates 15 Years of Indigenous Peoples Training Preceding the UNPFII

Tribal Link Foundation's 2019 Project Access Global Capacity Building Training Workshop for Indigenous Peoples is being held in collaboration with the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples; UNDP's Equator Initiative; Indigenous Peoples Rights Program, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University; the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Secretariat; and the US Human Rights Network.  

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FIHRE fellow P. Moses wins defamation and slander suit against former County commissioner

USHRN is proud to announce that human rights defender, Black Lives Matter activist, and FIHRE fellow P. Moses has won her important defamation and slander suit against former Shelby County commissioner Terry Roland, who referred to P. Moses and other activists as “terrorists.”

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FIHRE fellow Kelly Miller secures new EPA Environmental Justice Small Grant opportunity for homeless communities

US Human Rights Network 2018 FIHRE fellow Kelly Miller, a human rights advocate focused on the issues of homelessness, domestic violence, and political corruption, has successfully lobbied for the inclusion of homelessness in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Justice Small Grants Program (EJSG).

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Earth Day Spotlight: Indigenous Peoples threatened by oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

This Earth Day, the US Human Rights Network highlights the ongoing struggles of Indigenous Peoples in Alaska to stop oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).
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Kenneth Frank, a Vuntut Gwitchin citizen in Old Crow, along the Porcupine River. Photo taken by Peter Mather.

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Call for submissions from the Special Rapporteur on violence against women

Call for submissions: Mistreatment and violence against women during reproductive health care with a focus on childbirth 

 

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Call for Inputs: The safety of journalists and the issue of impunity

Call for inputs: Report of the UN Secretary-General to the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council on "the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity" (GA resolution 72/175). Deadline 17 May 2019 

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Public Comment Session: Immigration Detention Centers & Treatment of Immigrants

On Friday, April 12, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will hold a public comment session on the condition of immigration detention centers and status of treatment of immigrants in detention, including children.

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Indigenous Peoples: Call for applications to participate in the Treaty Bodies sessions

Indigenous Peoples: Call for applications to participate in the Treaty Bodies sessions that will take place between July and September in Geneva, 2019 is now open. The deadline is 30 April 2019.

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Right to adequate housing and indigenous peoples

The Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing has issued a call for contributions in relation to her next report (to the General Assembly in September) on the right to adequate housing for indigenous peoples.  Submissions are due by 31 May.

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Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute releases report on 2018 CLE Symposium

"Advancing Racial Justice and Human Rights: Rights-Based Strategies for the Current Era"

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The List of Issues was released today by the UN Human Rights Committee

The List of Issues was released today by the UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors compliance with the ICCPR. 

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USHRN opposes the perpetuation of racial bias in unregulated facial recognition softwares

GENEVA — Following the 24th session of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (WGEPAD) on the topic “Data for Racial Justice,” the US Human Rights Network issued the following statement on racial discrimination in facial recognition software:

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Fellowships 2019 of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

The original deadline to apply for these fellowships was March 15, 2019. On March 14, 2019, the IACHR decided to extend the deadline until April 5, 2019.

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WGEPAD discusses racial bias in machine learning algorithms

This week, the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (WGEPAD) is meeting in Geneva, Switzerland for its 24th session. The theme for session 24 of WGEPAD is “Data for Racial Justice”.

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Call for inputs for the UN Secretary-General's report on Human Rights and Cultural Diversity

Call for inputs for the UN Secretary-General's report on "human rights and cultural diversity" (General Assembly resolution 72/170)  --  Deadline 27 April 2019
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Mauna Kea: Violations of Indigenous Peoples Rights

Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu tribe of Northern California, and Pua Case, Program Coordinator for Mauna Kea Education and Awareness of Hawaiʻi, presented on the human rights violations connected to the proposed construction of a 18-story observatory on Mauna Kea, a mountain sacred to indigenous Hawaiians.

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USHRN Delegation to CSW63 - Statement on the Status of Women and Girls

Composed by the Network’s member delegation to the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

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USHRN and member delegation attend CSW63, reaffirm that the US shall not be exonerated from upholding human rights at home

Last week, USHRN attended the sixty-third session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York City.

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The USHRN and the 2019 UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

If you are a US Human Right Network member considering or planning to attend the Forum, please fill out the USHRN Member UNPFII 2019 Questionnaire by 26 March 2019, as this will assist USHRN in planning further opportunities for engagement during the 18th session.

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Call for Submissions on Intimidation and Reprisals

Reprisals and intimidation take many forms, from travel bans, threats and harassment, smear campaigns, surveillance, introduction of restrictive legislation, to physical attacks, arbitrary arrest and detention, etc. OHCHR is currently welcoming submissions of allegations of reprisals and intimidation within the framework of the upcoming annual report of the Secretary-General on reprisals. The deadline this year is May 1st  2019.

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USHRN Statement on Women and girls of African Descent at the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women

Interactive dialogue on the focus area: ‘Women and girls of African descent’

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USHRN Statement on the Beijing Declaration at the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women

High-level interactive dialogue: 'Accelerating implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action: towards Beijing +25.'

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Fellowship Programme for people of African descent

The Fellowship programme for people of African descent is a three-week intensive learning opportunity for people of African descent from the diaspora, who are engaged in promoting the rights of people of African descent. The call for application is now open. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION EXTENDED UNTIL 15 MAY 2019.

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USHRN Statement on the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women Priority Theme 

CSW63 Priority Theme: "Building alliances for social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls."

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Reminder: CSW63 Townhall Meeting of Civil Society and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres 

This annual event, which is hosted in the context of CSW63, is for representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in consultative status with ECOSOC and will be held in Conference Room 4 of the United Nations Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 from 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm.

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ICCPR Task Force: Informal Briefing in Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland: The USHRN ICCPR Taskforce will hold an informal briefing on 14 March 2019 with members of the UN Human Rights Committee to discuss the List of Issues Prior to Reporting of the US from 2-3PM. #ICCPR 

 

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Tell the United Nations to investigate U.S. human rights violations of asylum seekers.

Join the US Human Rights Network and our friends at Presente, Puente, Mijente and CREDO to demand that the United Nations investigate human rights violations at the border immediately. 

 

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UN Secretary-General's report on the question of the death penalty

Call for inputs: the UN Secretary-General's report on "the question of the death penalty" (HRC resolution 36/17)  --  Deadline 31 March 2019
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The impact of mega-projects on the human rights to water and sanitation

Call for inputs: Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation to the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on "the impact of mega-projects on the human rights to water and sanitation"  -- Deadline 15 March 2019

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Call for applicants: Consultation on the permanent forum on people of African descent - Deadline extended until 22 March 2019

OHCHR invites civil society representatives interested in participating in the consultation to submit their application for accreditation and assistance by 22 March 2019.

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50 civil society organizations and experts call on U.S. government to maintain strong support and funding to the IACHR

A group of fifty civil society organizations and experts are joining calls by Members of Congress and United States nominees and former commissioners of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to maintain strong U.S. support and funding to the IACHR as the hemisphere’s principal human rights organ.

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CSW63 DRAFT Agreed Conclusions: Compiled Text as of 25 February 2019

The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2019. Review the recent Draft agreed conclusions as of 22 Feb. 2019. 

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US Human Rights Network Member Meet Up: Chicago

Member Meet up 2019

Attention Chicago members! Please join us on March 7, 2019, for our US Human Rights Network "Member Meet Up" co-hosted by Westside Justice Center & Workers Center for Racial Justice.

 

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Webinar: The ABCs of the UN-UPR

Join the USHRN’s UPR Taskforce for this free webinar to learn how you can participate in this United Nations process from Community to Country to Global Civil Society. 

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Consultation on the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent - 29 March -  Geneva, Switzerland

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is organizing a one-day consultation on the permanent forum on people of African descent, which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on 29 March 2019.

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Rep. Johnson Reintroduces Resolution Recognizing IDPAD

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On Valentine’s Day, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) sent a love letter to people of color throughout the world by reintroducing a resolution to designate the ten years between January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2024, as the “International Decade for People of African Descent.” 

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USHRN National Conference Call: Update on the Human Rights Council

Participate in an informational session to understand the UN Human Rights Council and how you can participate in the three meetings annually to promote and protect human rights in the United States. The call will focus on the upcoming February - March four week session agenda items. Call-in 25 February 2019, 3pm EST. 

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Registration for United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Now Open

Registration for UNPFII Eighteenth Session: 22 April – 3 May 2019 is now open! Deadline for New IPOs and Academics: 25 March 2019. 

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United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Applications for side event requests Now Open

Applications for side event requests for the 18th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 22 April-3 May are now open. Deadline: 15 March 2019 

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Consultation for the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality

The Government of Tunisia, the United Nations Development Programme and UN Women, are organizing the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality that will take place April 24-26. Take part in the online consultations. 

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Update on ICCPR NGO Briefing in Geneva

A briefing for NGOs with members of the Human Rights Committee will take place during its 125th session in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday, March 14 from 14:00-15:00.   

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Stakeholders E-consultation On the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under review at the 2019 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)

Major groups and stakeholders are invited to participate in an E-consultation on the SDGs under review at the 2019 HLPF via the links below. Deadline: 22 Feb. 2019 

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US Human Rights Network Statement on a Declaration of National Emergency to Build Trump’s Border Wall

US Human Rights Network Denounces the President’s Plans to Build a Racist Wall Under the Guise of a National Emergency

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Inter-Sessional Meeting to share NHRI Experiences: 7 March 2019

On 7 March 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland, the UN Human Rights Council will host an Inter-Sessional meeting to share NHRI experiences in support of the 2030 Agenda.

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Opportunities to address the 63rd Session of Commission on the Status of Women

The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2019. There are several opportunities for accredited participants to address the Commission during the session. Deadline: 18th February 2019

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Call for Input | Economic and Social Rights Project

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United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights is currently conducting research to expand upon the Recognition, Institutionalization and Accountability (RIA) Framework set out in the 2016 Human Rights Council report.

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General call for contributions on the consequences of exposure of indigenous people to toxic and otherwise hazardous substances

The Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes has issued a general call for contributions to his upcoming report on the consequences of exposure of indigenous people to toxic and otherwise hazardous substances. Deadline: 15 February 2019

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A Message from USHRN's ICCPR Taskforce

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ICCPR follow-up at the Human Rights Committee's 125th session in Geneva 

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UN Human Rights Commission Calls for Input on Local Governments and Human Rights

OHCHRThe UN High Commissioner on Human Rights has issued a call for input on local governments' initiatives to promote and protect human rights.  The deadline for submissions is February 15.

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Report on Recognition, Reparations and Reconciliation: Call for submissions

The Expert Mechanism will present a draft of this report for discussion at its next session from 15-19 July 2019. A final version will be presented to the Human Rights Council at its forty-second session (September 2019). The Expert Mechanism hereby requests contributions from States, indigenous peoples, NHRIs and other stakeholders to this report. Deadline: 28 Feb. 2019 [More]


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New USHRN Member Orientation!

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This is our first new member orientation of 2019- come learn more about what we do, and how to get involved! 



 

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Civil Society Partners working in Peace-building: UN Survey

 This 12 question survey offers an opportunity for civil society to share their perspectives on sustaining peace. Deadline: 15 Feb. 2019 [More]

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Call for data and analysis on the human rights situation of people of African descent

In accordance with its mandate, the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, (WGEPAD) studies the problems of racial discrimination faced by people of African descent and gathers all relevant information from Governments, non-governmental organizations and other relevant sources. Deadline: 28 Feb. 2018 [More]

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Join the Intro to CERD Webinar

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Please join the US Human Rights Network's CERD TASK FORCE to learn about the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 

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

Cognressional-Briefing-Roberto-BorreroRoberto Borrero (Taíno), Director of International Mechanisms, presents to the audience of congressional staffers as moderator and USHRN board member, Marcia Johnson-Blanco listens.

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USHRN takes the (Capitol) Hill

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The US Human Rights Network (USHRN) went to Capitol Hill to meet with staff members of freshman congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM).

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CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING ON EXTREME POVERTY IN THE UNITED STATES

A briefing on January 28, 2019, where experts and advocates will discuss the implications of the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights' 2018 report on the work of the 116th Congress to address poverty and inequality in the United States. 

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USHRN will attend 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

The US Human Rights Network's Executive Director, Dr. Rosalee Gonzalez, & National Membership Director, Sandra Castro Solis, will participate in the upcoming Sixty-Third Session of CSW at UN-NY in March 2019.

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USHRN ICCPR Taskforce Leads Successful Civil Society Engagement with ICCPR

The US Human Rights Network ICCPR Taskforce organized various initiatives, which helped to mobilize successful Civil Society engagement with the United Nations Human Rights Committee which monitors compliance ICCPR.

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USHRN Out In the Streets!

US Human Rights Network is an official partner organization of the Indigenous Peoples March and the Women's March

USHRN Marches 2019

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LRI interviews USHRN International Mechanisms Director, Roberto Borrero

LRI editor Matt Remle recently spoke with Roberto Múkaro Borrero (Taíno) about the upcoming Indigenous Peoples March on Washington D.C., holding governments accountable for treaty obligations, and the resiliency of Indigenous peoples.

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The Identity Project and the US Human Rights Network: Submission to the ICCPR

A joint submission for the list of issues prior to reporting by the United States of America's 5th periodic review of the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

 

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Join us for our first membership meeting of 2019

Join us USHRN for our first membership meeting of 2019 on Thursday, January 31 at 1PM EST, 11AM MST, 10AM PST. 

2019 Membership Call

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Reminder: ICCPR Submissions due January 14, 2019

Submit your issues to the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations as the US faces a review of ICCPR commitments.

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Action: File ICCPR Issues in January 2019

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Submit your issues for the US government's periodic report to the ICCPR. Deadline: January 14, 2019.

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2018 Status of Human Rights in the US: a USHRN Report

ushrn_report_2018_1The US Human Rights Network (USHRN) is pleased to release its seventh annual report on the status of human rights in the United States on December 10th in honor of Human Rights Day.

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FIHRE 3 Session Now Taking Place in Phoenix, Arizona

USHRN's Fighting Injustice through Human Rights Education (FIHRE) training program is taking place in Phoenix, Arizona from 4-6 December 2018.

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Civil Society meeting with Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (WGEPAD)

USHRN hosts a meeting with members of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (WGEPAD) on October 31, 2018 in NY.

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Listening session with Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Dr. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

The US Human Rights Network hosted a briefing and listening session with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Dr. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro in NY. 

Breifing with SR on Trafficking 2018

 

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FIHRE II Fellows Announced

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The US Human Rights Network is proud to announce the fellows for the second FIHRE of 2018, with a focus on Pan-African Femme organizations based in the South.

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A Template to Submit Information to the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

140529_nx15a_mlarge_fanon_mendes_france_sn635_0Overview: The following is a suggested template for U.S. Civil Society submissions to the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent[UNWGEPAD or Working Group].

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USHRN Statement on US Withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council

ushrn_image_for_hrc_statement2The unfortunate decision of the US government to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council comes amid significant criticism of US human rights violations, including separating immigrating families at the southern border...

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USHRN Statement on the Removal of Immigrant Children from Parents at the Border

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The US Human Rights Network (USHRN) strongly condemns the United States (US) practice of separating immigrating children and parents at the US border. USHRN, its members and allies, denounce and call for an immediate end to this cruel and immoral policy.

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Meet our 2018 FIHRE Fellows

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We are excited to announce our 2018 FIHRE Fellows for the summer 2018 cohort of Fighting Injustice with Human Rights Education (FIHRE)!

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Keynote Speakers - Advancing Human Rights 20017

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US Human Rights Network is excited to announce three dynamic speakers delivering Keynote Addresses during the7th Biennial National Convening: Advancing Human Rights 2017. 
 

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USHRN Congratulates its 2017 Human Rights Movement Builders Award Honorees

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During the 7th Biennial National Convening: Advancing Human Rights 2017, USHRN honored 9 recipients for the Human Rights Movement Builders Award.

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Human Rights in Times of Crisis: August 2017 Message from ED

a_message_from_the_ed_slideshow_image_augustMy work in the human rights sector, while pruned by academia, was catalyzed by crisis. Twelve years ago, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast and in the time since, I have been directly involved in the fight for the human right to return and recover.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to our family, friends and allies facing crisis in South Texas and South Louisiana as Hurricane Harvey completes his path.

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USHRN Statement on the Presidential Pardon of Arpaio

resist_and_defend_human_rights_slideshowAtlanta, GA - Last week, President Trump pardoned former Arizona Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who was convicted for criminal contempt for disobeying a federal court judge’s order to stop the unconstitutional practice of imprisoning individuals based solely on suspicion about their immigration status.  

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Historic Southern Communities Welcome Sen. Cory Booker for Environmental & Climate Justice Tour

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Atlanta, GA -- Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) will visit advocates and community leaders in the Gulf South this weekend to gain a deeper understanding of the southern movements for environmental justice and the impact that climate change is having on the region, its infrastructure and citizens.

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June 2017 Executive Director Message: "Liberation and Strategic Vision"

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The long memories found in historic coastal communities like Africatown in Mobile, Alabama or Houma tribal lands in Dulac, Louisiana tell us that the summer heat brings summer storms. Our current political climate seems to affirm the traditional knowledge that now is the season for preparation and readiness -- which begs two critical questions: what are we preparing for? And are we ready?

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Advancing Human Rights 2017: Conference Supporters

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Advancing Human Rights 2017 Conference Supporters

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ED Message: Women, Water, and Human Rights

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March was the month to really celebrate women and their role in the human rights movements around the globe. In addition to being Women’s History Month, March calls for the honor and recognition of International Women of Colour Day (March 1), International Women’s Day (March 8) and World Water Day (March 22).  

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February 2017 ED Message

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As I assumed my new role as the Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN), the communities I care most about braced for a new federal administration brought to power using fear, hate, division, exploitation, greed, and extraction. 

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Landfill drops defamation suit against the BBC!

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“In Uniontown, we are fighting for so much: our health, our environment, clean air, clean water, and access to justice. And if we want to fight, first we need to speak out about what is happening in our community. We’re not afraid to speak out, and I want people to know that they shouldn’t be afraid either,” said Esther Calhoun, one of the Uniontown residents Green Group accused of defamation.

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USHRN Board Chair on Special Rapporteur Visit

UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking Recommends that the U.S. Adopt a Stronger Focus on Labor Exploitation and Cease Prostitution Arrests

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Blog post on FIHRE from 2015 Fellow, Adofo Minka

As a 2015 Fighting Injustice through Human Rights Education (FIHRE) fellow, I felt that FIHRE  provided a space where people from different backgrounds, geographical regions, generations and understandings of human rights could come together and share their experiences and what they have found to be best practices to advance human rights work in the United States.

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