Working Groups

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-

Criminal Justice                                            

Meena Jagannath, Community Justice Project; Angelo Pinto, Correctional Association of New York; & Nahal Zamani, Center for Constitutional Rights -


Eugene Stanley, Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign & Eric Tars, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty - 


Suraj Madoori & Sean Saifa Wall, Astraea Intersex Human Rights Fund - 


Rosemary Blanchard, Human Rights Educators USA & Ramon Montano, Restorative Pipeline to Success Campaign -


Susana Almanza, PODER Austin -

Workers’ Rights                                                                         

Mary Gerisch, Vermont Workers Center - 

Water & Sanitation                                                                       

Sylvia Orduno, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization; Britton Schwartz, Berkeley Law Environmental Law Clinic - 

National Security                        

Maha Hilal, National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms and Azadeh Shahshahani, Project South -

Immigration, Migrants, & Trafficking                                                                

Carl Lipscombe, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and Chanravy Proeung, 1Love Movement  - 

Domestic Implementation                                                 

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 -

Political Participation & State Repression/Violence                             

Vickie Casanova & Standish Willis, The National Conference of Black Lawyers -

* 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. 

If you are interested in learning more, joining one or more of our new issue area implementation focused working groups, or applying to be the co-chair of a working group that doesn't already have a listed chair or cho-chair, please email or contact the working group co-chairs at the email addresses indicated above and join the listservs via the link below!

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