Our Work

There are six core elements of NESRI’s Human Rights Work.  These include:

Research, Analysis and Documentation

NESRI develops human rights research, documentation, and analysis to support and shape campaigns in partnership with social justice organizations working with communities.  NESRI also works with partners to develop participatory documentation projects where community members are trained in human rights standards and documentation techniques in order to gather qualitative information that informs their advocacy, as well as strengthens their organizing. 

Advocacy Support

NESRI provides advocacy support to partners and coalitions in the form of strategic assistance, campaign planning, developing alliances, messaging, production of materials, and communications strategy.  Working in deep partnership with community organizations, NESRI participates in all facets of its partners’ campaigns.

Network Building

NESRI builds networks and coalitions to facilitate information sharing and exchange of best practices, enable horizontal capacity building, transfer models across localities, encourage mutual support across communities, and develop national agendas.  


NESRI provides partner organizations with communications support, including development of communications strategy and planning, production of multi-media materials, and training in press relations.  NESRI also develops communications strategies, infrastructure and multi-media resources for its networks and coalitions, as well for the promotion of the full range of economic and social rights in the United States. 

Building Transnational and International Links

NESRI facilitates the use of international and regional human rights mechanisms by social justice groups in the United States by providing information, assisting with logistics, preparing testimony, and developing strategic interventions.  NESRI also supports the development of international solidarity relationships among affected communities by facilitating exchange and dialogue. 


NESRI provides workshops and training on the practical application of human rights to U.S. social justice advocacy. NESRI's training focuses not only on basic human rights standards and mechanisms, but also on how to use human rights as tools for message development, and policy and legal analysis.  Our workshops focus on particular issues (such as health or education) or strategies (such as human rights documentation or policy analysis), organizational trainings geared towards building institutional capacity in human rights, legal human rights training, and training in the use of human rights mechanisms (such as the United Nations or regional treaty bodies, working groups, or commissions).