The US Human Rights Network is a national network of individuals and organizations whose mission is to build and strengthen a people-centered human rights movement in the United States, where leadership is centered on those most directly affected by human rights violations, and the full range of diversity within communities is respected and embraced.
USHRN was founded on the premise that an organized and informed social justice community is the only force that can check government power, ensure adherence to the full scope of human rights guarantees, and affect positive and durable change in the U.S. We work to raise awareness and highlight the relevance of the globally accepted human rights frame with associated government obligations among social justice groups here at home. Through base-building, capacity building, action oriented member working groups, and joint strategies for addressing rights violations, USHRN seeks to bring about meaningful change that raises the standard of accountability in ensuring economic, social, cultural, environmental, civil and political rights.
USHRN is guided by the following Core Principles:
- Human rights are interdependent and universal
- Human rights include civil, political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental rights
- Human rights are protected through building social movements
- Human rights movements must ensure leadership by those directly affected
- Human rights advocacy must always respect the diversity within communities
- Human rights organizations must be financially responsible and accountable