How We Work

Member organizations are linked through various member structures. Member Initiated Action Teams, Member Committees, and Task Forces of USHRN allow members to collaborate within and across issue areas. Member Initiated Action Teams provide opportunities for members to initiate their own action teams around human rights topics that interest them so that members are encouraged to learn from one another, collaborate, and take action. Membership Committees bring together and coordinate a diverse group of members who work directly with staff to plan, develop and implement key areas of work that are outlined in the strategic plan. Our newly created International Mechanisms Task Forces coordinate the effort to expand participation of social justice groups and facilitate more effective use of UN human rights tools to advance our domestic advocacy.

The Committees and Task Forces, which are supported by the coordinating center, consist of a mix of thematic experts, persons with organizing and policy analysis skills, and individuals active at the national and local levels.   Coordinating support includes providing listservs to support coordination and sharing of information, producing and disseminating resource materials (hard and e-copy), providing expert advice, organizing conference call and in-person meetings, and providing on-line resources through the website.  The Advocates for Environment Human Rights, International Indian Treaty Council, Excluded Workers Congress, Columbia University Human Rights Law Institute, National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty, Midwest Coalition for Human rights, Asian Law Caucus, among other groups serve in such advisory roles. 

Read our Strategic Statement: 2013 - 2015 to learn more about work and our strategies for advancing human rights in the U.S.  See the Members Structure page for a listing of current USHRN member structures.