UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Visit to the U.S.

Event Type: 
Fri Dec 1, 2017 to Fri Dec 15, 2017
National (CA, AL, GA, PR, WV) and Virtual
Washington, DC 20005
United States

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty (“Special Rapporteur”) is an independent human rights expert elected by the U.N. Human Rights Council to monitor, report and advise on extreme poverty and its relationship with human rights around the world. Mr. Philip Alston conducted an official country visit to the United States of America from December 1 - December 15, 2017.

View the End of Visit Statement by the Special Rapporteur and read his preliminary findings and recommendations. A final report will be released in June 2018.



As part of this visit, the Special Rapporteur attended a series of regional consultations to examine the situation in the United States as it relates to poverty and human rights. The dates of these consultations and their locations are as follows:
  • Dec 1        Washington, D.C. 
  • Dec 4-5        Los Angeles, California 
  • Dec 6        San Francisco, California 
  • Dec 7-8         Montgomery, Alabama 
  • Dec 9         Atlanta, Georgia at the USHRN Convening
  • Dec 10-11         Puerto Rico 
  • Dec 12         Washington, D.C. 
  • Dec 13         Charleston, West Virginia 
  • Dec 14-15         Washington, D.C. 

Check out the graphic explainer on the visit or the fact sheet to learn more!

Tips for Engagement with the Special Rapporteur

Follow the Special Rapporteur on Twitter: @Alston_UNSR or on Facebook: facebook.com/AlstonUNSR

More information on the visit of the Special Rapporteur can be found on his website: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Poverty/Pages/SRExtremePovertyIndex.aspx

For more information and media requests, please contact: Ms Junko Tadaki (Tel: + 41 22 917 9298: Email: jtadaki@ohchr.org) or write to srextremepoverty@ohchr.org