2016 Regional Member Meeting and Human Rights Tribunal

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Sat Sep 17, 2016
FACTS Charter School
1023 Callowhill St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
United States

Our 2016 Regional Member Meeting and Human Rights Tribunal will be in Philadelphia, PA on September 17, 2016. We will be providing travel scholarships for people to attend the meeting.

To register for the convening, click here. 

USHRN thanks our local anchor, Juntos, and the host committee for helping plan this critical gathering.


The USHRN's Northeastern Regional Meeting & Human Rights Tribunal will occur on September 17th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The regional meeting is an opportunity for human rights and social justice advocates to come together to share experiences and strategies. The tribunal will gather information on human rights abuses prevalent or unique to the region from people directly impacted. If you are interested in testifying at the tribunal, check out our testimony guide.


Regional Meeting: 8:00am-5:30pm

Tribunal: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Dinner & Closing: 7:30pm

Regional Meeting Agenda:

8am-9am Breakfast & Registration
9am-10am Welcome
10am-11:30am A People-Centered Human Rights Movement for the Northeast
11:30am-11:40am Transition
11:40am-12:45pm Becoming Human Rights Enforcers
12:45pm-1:15pm Lunch 
1:15pm-2:45 Solidarity with Standing Rock Action #NoDAPL
2:45-2:55pm Transition
2:55-3:50pm Mapping Our Connections: Report-Back, Member Updates
3:50-4:00pm Transition
4:00pm-4:30pm Committed to Justice: Closing & Next Steps
4:30pm-5:30pm Self Organizing


  • Strengthen/grow activism and organizing in the Northeastern U.S.
  • Bring attention to the current state of human rights in the region
  • Gather testimony from directly impacted persons to share with UN review committees and U.S. Government policy makers at the local, state and federal levels
  • Raise awareness of relevance of international human rights mechanisms to local and regional issues and advocacy efforts, and engage groups in this work
  • Promote the application of an intersectional analysis and methodology grounded in a gendered lens, as essential for effective human rights work that is deep, broad and sustainable
  • Promote constructive conversations about solidarity – how this looks and is realized in the human rights movement
  • Engage youth in active participation in the meeting
  • Foster collaboration that will continue after the meeting among groups in the region

Host Committee:


Sètondji Roland Adjovi, UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing

Helen Gym, Member of Philadelphia City Council

Ahmed Reid, UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent