Human Rights at Home Campaign

Communities across the United States face persistent attacks on their basic human rights. These range from harsh criminalization in all spheres of life to political disenfranchisement to lack of access to housing, health care, jobs with dignity and quality education. Although many people recognize that their human rights are under assault, they rarely have adequate means to hold government accountable. In order to strengthen the entire fabric of human rights in the United States and attack the wide-ranging nature of the violations, we need systemic, rather than solely issue-specific, responses. The Human Rights at Home Campaign (HuRAH) arose out of the need for a national effort to achieve greater U.S. accountability to all human rights. In 2011 and 2012, HuRAH brought together diverse communities across the country in alliance with national human and civil rights organizations. HuRAH started building a community agenda to address the abusive economic and political structures we all face, and demand new social systems that democratize power and wealth and ensure human dignity, freedom and equality. NESRI worked with the Border Network for Human Rights to develop HuRAH's community agenda by engaging hundreds of groups and thousands of people at all levels across the country in order to create strategy for building a society that meets fundamental human rights principles. In two Human Rights Dialogues, in Austin, Texas, and in Philadelphia, dozens of community organizations came together to discuss the human rights crisis in the U.S. and develop a strategic vision for change. At the same time, DC-based allies opened a dialogue with the Administration and Congress towards enhanced monitoring, implementation and coordination of human rights. The Steering Committee of the Human Rights at Home Campaign included the following organizations: American Civil Liberties Union, Border Network for Human Rights, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Rights Working Group, the U.S. Human Rights Network, and Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute.