Mission

Our Mission

In partnership with communities, NESRI works to build a broad movement for economic and social rights, including health, housing, education and work with dignity. Based on the principle that fundamental human needs create human rights obligations on the part of the government and private sector, NESRI advocates for public policies that guarantee the universal and equitable fulfillment of these rights in the United States.

Our Role

NESRI partners with community organizations to elevate their voices, strengthen their campaigns and effect change. Working in a participatory way and guided by human rights principles, whether we take action on the ground, foster coalition building, or offer broader analysis, we are accountable to decisions made collectively with our partners and grassroots leadership.

Through our collaborations, NESRI gives national impact to local actions by developing replicable and scalable models and spreading them across the country. We bring an inclusive human rights approach that builds power, shifts narratives and debates, and changes policies by putting people’s experiences at the center and bridging divisions between issues and communities. 

Our Strategies

Campaign Coordination and Support

NESRI provides multi-disciplinary and direct support to our partners’ campaigns, including the coordination of coalitions emerging from joint work. This support includes strategy, policy, research and documentation, advocacy, communications, and alliance building support. This is our central body of work, grounded in our long-term partnerships.

Leadership Development and Organizing Support

NESRI works with our partners in developing leadership pipelines, learning cultures and the full integration of a human rights organizing approach into their work. Building individual and collective leadership enables organizations to assert the power of those most impacted by human rights violations. This work is closely linked to our Human Rights Organizing Project that documents, promotes and advances a human rights organizing model in the United States. 

Strategic Communications

NESRI advances bold ideas on how to organize our society to ensure economic and social rights. We work to shift the debate on the need for public goods, equity and inclusion of all communities and democratizing power and wealth.