Member Structures

USHRN member organizations are linked through various member structures. These member structures include USHRN Mechanism Specific Taskforces, Issue Area Working Groups, International Mechanisms Coordinating Committee​ (IMCC)Member Initiated Action Teams (MIATs), and Planning Committees.

USHRN Taskforces coordinate civil society engagement with specific international human rights mechanisms (ICCPR, CERD, CAT, & UPR) to advance a human rights agenda at home and abroad (currently dormant until review cycles begin again in 2017). In the Spring of 2016 we launched 12 implementation focused Issue Area Working Groups - we merged the working groups on similar issue areas from all the Taskforces and Reviews - ICCPR, CERD, CAT, and UPR - to help them coordinate on implementation and to facilitate sharing of information and resources among a broader network of activists. 

The International Mechanisms Coordinating Committee (IMCC) is an oversight body to make sure the U.S. government is implementing human rights mechanisms recommendations and to coordinate broad human rights education around treaty reviews, connecting the dots between different Working Groups and issue areas.

Member Initiated Action Teams allow members to collaborate with other USHRN members and partners within and across thematic human rights issue areas while Planning Committees advise the overall agenda and program.

Taskforces, MIATs, and Planning Committees serve as great and active ways for people to fully immerse themselves into building and promoting a people-centered movement for human rights.

To learn more about our taskforces and stay up to date on international mechanisms related work, join our listservs here.

Member-Initiated Action Team

Child Welfare Watch Group

This group focuses on child welfare issues and human rights abuses that are impacting children & families nationally. Families are being abused by State, CPS and Family Courts throughout the United States of America. Families that have had their civil rights violated through family court proceedings while also having their...
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Member Structure

Issue Area working Groups - Join a Working Group!

USHRN Issue Area Working Groups 2014-2015 were very busy years for U.S. international human rights treaty body and mechanism reviews, and we appreciate the incredible coordinating work of the USHRN mechanisms Taskforces and mechanism specific working groups in making engagement with these reviews a success. Now with the start of...
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Member Structures

Taskforce

CAT Taskforce

The CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE (CAT) TASKFORCE guides the work of the USHRN CAT project , coordinating both a civil society response to the United States government report on compliance with...
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CERD Taskforce

The INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION (CERD) TASKFORCE guides the USHRN CERD project. The CERD Taskforce will serve as the primary coordinating body for...
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Taskforce

ICCPR Taskforce

The INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS (ICCPR) TASKFORCE guides the USHRN ICCPR Project, which works to ensure that the U.S. Government upholds its obligations to protect and fulfill...
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Committee

IMCC: International Mechanisms Coordinating Committee

The International Mechanisms Coordinating Committee (IMCC) is the overarching body guiding the USHRN’s work with human rights mechanisms. It is an oversight body to make sure our government is implementing...
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International Mechanism Taskforces & Work Groups and Listservs

USHRN's ISSUE AREA FOCUSED WORKING GROUPS - 12 volunteer led groups that work for human rights implementation in the U.S. In 2016, given that the next international mechanism reviews of...
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Member Structure

Member Initiated Action Teams (MIATs)

Member Initiated Action Teams (MIAT) provide members of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN) with the opportunity to initiate their own teams around human rights topics that interest them so...
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Member-Initiated Action Team

MIAT: #Justice4Muslims

​The #Justice4Muslims MIAT coordinates with groups/individuals that work on justice issues that disproportionately impact Muslims. Further, the purpose of this MIAT is to work towards establishing a narrative around the...
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Member-Initiated Action Team

Child Welfare Watch Group

This group focuses on child welfare issues and human rights abuses that are impacting children & families nationally. Families are being abused by State, CPS and Family Courts throughout the...
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Member-Initiated Action Team

MIAT: People of African Descent

The People of African Descent Member Initiated Action Team works to build a people’s movement for Black liberation that is: led by Black folks, intersectional and multi-issue, and centers a...
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Member-Initiated Action Team

MIAT: Police Crimes and Human Rights

The Police Crimes and Human Rights Member Initiated Action Team works to support federal, municipal and local laws, legislation and acts to combat all forms of police violence in the...
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Member-Initiated Action Team

MIAT: Sexual Rights and Gender Justice Working Group

The Sexual Rights and Gender Justice Working Group aims to meaningfully and consistently integrate sexual rights and gender justice into the broader agenda of the domestic human rights movement in...
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Member-Initiated Action Team

MIAT: Southeast Asian Freedom Network

The Southeast Asian Freedom Network (SEAFN) is a newly formed collective of grassroots Southeast Asian organizing groups from around the US that are aligned in radical transformation of our communities...
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Member Structure

Taskforce Criteria

USHRN International Mechanisms Structure and Taskforce Application Criteria In an effort to expand participation of social justice groups and facilitate more effective use of UN human rights tools to advance...
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Taskforce

UPR Taskforce

The USHRN UPR TASKFORCE coordinates and facilitates U.S. human rights and social justice groups efforts to inform and influence the Universal Periodic Review of the U.S. Government. The UPR review...
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