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 2016, given that the next international mechanism reviews of the U.S. will not take place again until late 2017 (at the earliest), we are moving to the next critical phase of the work—implementation. To facilitate this work, we are merging 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 topic areas and co-chairs of the 12 new working groups are below. Please consider joining a group here.
Equality & Non-Discrimination
Natalie Collier, Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative; Renee Hatcher, John Marshall Law School; & Farah Tanis, Black Women’s Blueprint- firstname.lastname@example.org
Meena Jagannath, Community Justice Project; Angelo Pinto, Correctional Association of New York; & Nahal Zamani, Center for Constitutional Rights - email@example.com
Eugene Stanley, Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign & Eric Tars, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty - firstname.lastname@example.org
Suraj Madoori & Sean Saifa Wall, Astraea Intersex Human Rights Fund - email@example.com
Rosemary Blanchard, Human Rights Educators USA & Ramon Montano, Restorative Pipeline to Success Campaign - firstname.lastname@example.org
Susana Almanza, PODER Austin - email@example.com
Mary Gerisch, Vermont Workers Center - firstname.lastname@example.org
Water & Sanitation
Sylvia Orduno, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization; Britton Schwartz, Berkeley Law Environmental Law Clinic - email@example.com
Maha Hilal, National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms and Azadeh Shahshahani, Project South - firstname.lastname@example.org
Immigration, Migrants, & Trafficking
Carl Lipscombe, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and Chanravy Proeung, 1Love Movement - email@example.com
Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC); Silvia Diaz Moore, Afro Kamba Kua; Dr. Jared Bell, Center for International Peace and Reconciliation and the International University of Sarajevo - firstname.lastname@example.org
Political Participation & State Repression/Violence
Vickie Casanova & Standish Willis, The National Conference of Black Lawyers - email@example.com
* USHRN views all its work through an intersectional lens; meaning we look at ways different forms of discrimination and disadvantage intersect and overlap including how people of color and Indigenous Peoples experience additional forms of discrimination based on gender, gender-identity, immigration status, disability, sexuality, religion, and age—to better understand the full impact of human rights violations on individuals and populations. All working group members will be expected to take an intersectional analysis.