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Working Groups

 

Issue Area Working Groups allow human rights defenders to work collectively by sharing information, working on joint projects, and pooling resources and information to robustly engage in a process to protect human rights in the United States. Working Groups meet (via video or phone calls) as often as needed to relationship-build, strategize, create work plans, and provide support for its members.

As the US Human Rights Network's Coordinating Center, we want to ensure that advocates have the support needed to fully engage in the UPR review process. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact our Deputy Director, Salimah Hankins, shankins@ushrnetwork.org

 

Access to Legal Systems

Access to Legal Systems

Facilitator: 

Naureen Shah (ACLU), naureen.shah@gmail.com

Facilitator: 

Naureen Shah (ACLU), naureen.shah@gmail.com

Children's Rights

Facilitator: 

Stephanie Franklin (Franklin Law Group), sfranklin@franklinlaw.us

Description coming soon.

Facilitators: macfiar@gmail.com

Mary Gerisch (Vermont Workers Center), marygerisch@gmail.com

Suraj Madoori (Treatment Action Group), smadoori@gmail.com

Facilitators: 

Mary Gerisch (Vermont Workers Center), marygerisch@gmail.com and

Zoe Marinkovich (SUNBURST Projects), zmarink@gmail.com

The Working Group on Health Issues will cover topics including: psychiatric issues, reproductive health issues, Medicaid expansion issues, lack of healthcare for immigrants issues, and healthcare as a human right issues.

Housing

Facilitators: 

Eugene Stanley (The Big Heart Project), navyveteran1986@gmail.com

Eric Tars (National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty), etars@nlchp.org

The Working Group on Housing will cover topics including: human right to housing issues, criminalization of homelessness issues, public housing issues, and homelessness issues.

Immigration

Facilitator: 

Eddie Canales (South Texas Human Rights Center), ecsouthtexashumanrights@gmail.com

The Working Group on Immigration will cover topics including: immigrant rights, border security, detention, and asylum.

Indigenous Peoples

Facilitator: 
June Lorenzo (Women's International Study Center), junellorenzo@aol.com

Description coming soon.

Information Access

Facilitators:

Rebecca Hankins (Texas A&M University), rhankins@tamu.edu

Paula Buchanan (Jacksonville State University), paula_buchanan@tulanealumni.net

Description coming soon.

LGBTQ

Facilitator needed. Please contact Salimah Hankins (US Human Rights Network) to become a facilitator, shankins@ushrnetwork.org

Description coming soon.

National Security

Facilitator:

Dr. Maha Hilal (Institute for Policy Studies), innocentuntilprovenmuslim@gmail.com

Description coming soon.

Police Violence & Racial Discrimination

Facilitator:

Nicole Robinson (Dream Defenders), kuchkuchhotahain111@gmail.com

The Working Group on Police Violence and Racial Discrimination will cover topics including: profiling, disparate sentencing, stand your ground laws, voting rights, unequal access to legal counsel, DV issues, and disability rights.

Political Participation & State Violence

Facilitators: 

Vickie Casanova (US Human Rights Network Board Member), vickie.casanova@yahoo.com

Standish Willis (The National Conference of Black Lawyers), swillis818@aol.com

Description coming soon.

Prisoners' Rights

Facilitator: 

Amy Berquist (The Advocates for Human Rights), aberquist@advrights.org

The Working Group for Prisoners Rights will cover topics including: incarceration and death penalty issues for adults and children, inhumane treatment issues privatization issues, and military prison issues.

Sex Workers' Rights

Facilitator: 

Penelope Saunders (Best Practices Policy Project), bestpracticespolicyproject@gmail.com

The Sex Workers' Rights Working Group prioritizes the voices of sex workers, welcomes supportive allies, and works intersectionally to recall and honor the history of previous work on sex worker rights and the UPR and build on that history for future UPRs. The focus of our input in this group is to raise issues of importance to sex workers, in particular low-income sex workers, trans and gender-queer communities, immigrants, people of color, youth, indigenous sex workers, and street sex workers.

Sexual Rights & Gender Justice

Facilitators:

Ricci Levy (Woodhull Freedom Foundation), ricci@woodhullfoundation.org

Tonya Williams (SPARK Reproductive Justice), tonyamwilliams@gmail.com

Description coming soon.

Students & Education

Facilitator:

Ramon Montano (Independent Affiliation), ramonmontano@gmail.com

The Working Group on Students and Education will cover topics including: freedom of expression, the right to education from pre-school through college, and the right to cultural education and cultural expression within education.

UPR Cities

Facilitators:

Jackie Smith (University of Pittsburgh), jgsmith@pitt.edu

Vickie Casanova (USHRN Board Member), vickie.casanova@yahoo.com

Local governments have jurisdiction over a range of human rights issues, including those related to housing, education, employment, and criminal justice. Mayors, local governments, and organized communities are particularly well-situated to advance human rights and build a culture of human rights based on dignity, freedom from discrimination, and opportunity. The UPR process can help focus our organizing efforts in cities and communities and help build a broad constituency of human rights defenders working to “bring human rights home.” The UPR cities working group will work to help strengthen cooperation across communities and to better realize the possibilities for using international processes like the UPR to strengthen local work for people-centered human rights.

US Illegal Sanctions

Facilitator:

Susan Scott, syscott@sonic.net

Description coming soon.

Voting Rights

Facilitator:

Jeanne Mirer, jmirer@mmsjlaw.com 

Description coming soon.

Women's Rights

Facilitators: 

Facilitator needed. Please contact Salimah Hankins (US Human Rights Network) to become a facilitator, shankins@ushrnetwork.org

Description coming soon.

Workers' Rights

Facilitators: 

Mary Gerisch (Vermont Workers Center), marygerisch@gmail.com

Kate D'Adamo (Sex Workers Outreach Project), kmdadamo@gmail.com

The Working Group on Workers Rights will cover topics including: excluded workers, sex workers, the right to organize, and work with dignity issues.

Children's Rights

Facilitator: 

Stephanie Franklin (Franklin Law Group), sfranklin@franklinlaw.us

Decolonization

Facilitator: 

Domonic Latty, dclatty@gmail.com

Environment

Facilitator: 

Fianna MacGregor, macfiar@gmail.com

Health Issues

Facilitators: 

Mary Gerisch (Vermont Workers Center), marygerisch@gmail.com

Suraj Madoori (Treatment Action Group), smadoori@gmail.com

The Working Group on Health Issues will cover topics including: psychiatric issues, reproductive health issues, Medicaid expansion issues, lack of healthcare for immigrants issues, and healthcare as a human right issues.

Housing

Facilitators: 

Eugene Stanley (The Big Heart Project), navyveteran1986@gmail.com

Eric Tars (National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty), etars@nlchp.org

The Working Group on Housing will cover topics including: human right to housing issues, criminalization of homelessness issues, public housing issues, and homelessness issues.

Immigration

Facilitators: 

Eddie Canales (South Texas Human Rights Center), ecsouthtexashumanrights@gmail.com

Chanravy Proeung (SISTA FIRE), chanravy.proeung@gmail.com

The Working Group on Immigration will cover topics including: immigrant rights, border security, detention, and asylum.

Indigenous Peoples

Facilitator: 
June Lorenzo (Women's International Study Center), junellorenzo@aol.com

Information Access

Facilitators:

Rebecca Hankins (Texas A&M University), rhankins@tamu.edu

Paula Buchanan (Jacksonville State University), paula_buchanan@tulanealumni.net

LGBTQ

Facilitator:

M Valladolid, mvalladolid2001@gmail.com

National Security

Facilitator:

Dr. Maha Hilal (Institute for Policy Studies), innocentuntilprovenmuslim@gmail.com

Police Violence & Racial Discrimination

Facilitator:

Nicole Robinson (Dream Defenders), kuchkuchhotahain111@gmail.com

The Working Group on Police Violence and Racial Discrimination will cover topics including: profiling, disparate sentencing, stand your ground laws, voting rights, unequal access to legal counsel, DV issues, and disability rights.

Political Participation & State Violence

Facilitators: 

Vickie Casanova (US Human Rights Network Board Member), vickie.casanova@yahoo.com

Standish Willis (The National Conference of Black Lawyers), swillis818@aol.com

Seniors, Elderly, and Disabled

Facilitator: 

Janet Parker, medicalwhistleblower@gmail.com

Sex Workers' Rights

Facilitator: 

Penelope Saunders (Best Practices Policy Project), bestpracticespolicyproject@gmail.com

The Sex Workers' Rights Working Group prioritizes the voices of sex workers, welcomes supportive allies, and works intersectionally to recall and honor the history of previous work on sex worker rights and the UPR and build on that history for future UPRs. The focus of our input in this group is to raise issues of importance to sex workers, in particular low-income sex workers, trans and gender-queer communities, immigrants, people of color, youth, indigenous sex workers, and street sex workers.

Sexual Rights & Gender Justice

Facilitators:

Ricci Levy (Woodhull Freedom Foundation), ricci@woodhullfoundation.org

Tonya Williams (SPARK Reproductive Justice), tonyamwilliams@gmail.com

Students & Education

Facilitators:

Ramon Montano, ramonmontano@gmail.com
Citlalli Mendoza, xcitlallimendoza@gmail.com

The Working Group on Students and Education will cover topics including: freedom of expression, the right to education from pre-school through college, and the right to cultural education and cultural expression within education.

UPR Cities

Facilitators:

Jackie Smith (University of Pittsburgh), jgsmith@pitt.edu

Vickie Casanova (USHRN Board Member), vickie.casanova@yahoo.com

Local governments have jurisdiction over a range of human rights issues, including those related to housing, education, employment, and criminal justice. Mayors, local governments, and organized communities are particularly well-situated to advance human rights and build a culture of human rights based on dignity, freedom from discrimination, and opportunity. The UPR process can help focus our organizing efforts in cities and communities and help build a broad constituency of human rights defenders working to “bring human rights home.” The UPR cities working group will work to help strengthen cooperation across communities and to better realize the possibilities for using international processes like the UPR to strengthen local work for people-centered human rights.

US Illegal Sanctions

Facilitator:

Susan Scott, syscott@sonic.net

Voting Rights

Facilitator:

Jeanne Mirer, jmirer@mmsjlaw.com 

Women and Gender Rights

Facilitator: 

Fianna MacGregor, macfiar@gmail.com

Workers' Rights

Facilitators: 

Mary Gerisch (Vermont Workers Center), marygerisch@gmail.com

Kate D'Adamo (Sex Workers Outreach Project), kmdadamo@gmail.com

The Working Group on Workers Rights will cover topics including: excluded workers, sex workers, the right to organize, and work with dignity issues.