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.
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