Human Rights in the U.S. Resources for Practitioners

Upcoming Human Rights Trainings & Other Events for U.S. Advocates

From the Global to the Local: Strategies for State and Local Human Rights Implementation,Thurs., Oct. 2, 2014. The U.S. Human Rights Network is organizing this webinar on how to use human rights standards and principles to effect change at the state and local levels.

Past Human Rights Trainings: Recordings and Presentation Materials

Local Human Rights Lawyering Project Webinars & Past Trainings, Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law (2012-13).

ICCPR Shadow Report Training, US Human Rights Network (Jul. 24, 2013).

Research Tools

Bayefsky, is a database searchable by issue area that contains a wide range of UN Human Rights System documents, including treaty body commentary and recommendations and reports by Special Rapporteurs.

ESCR-net Case Law Database, is a database of economic, social and cultural rights related jurisprudence, cases and other decisions.

Human Rights in State Courts, by Opportunity Agenda & PHRGE (2014), is a list of decisions that reference human rights law.

Humanrights.gov, is the official United States Government website for international human rights related information.

HuriSearch, is a human rights search engine that searches over 5,000 websites.

International and Comparative Disability Law Web Resources, available through the the Syracuse University College of Law.

International Justice Resource Center, the research tab of their website includes a great list of jurisprudence database links.

Law Library of Congress, established in 1832, the law library’s collection is the largest in the world.

Organization of American States’ Secretariat for Legal Affairs, serves as a depository and source of information for inter-American treaties and the agreements of the OAS and its organs.

Resource Bank, The Center for HIV Law & Policy: The National Legal Resource and Strategy Center for HIV Advocacy, a free database of quality memoranda, research, reports, legal guides, court and agency decisions, pleadings and briefs, policy analyses and recommendations, and other materials on topics of importance to people living with HIV and their advocates.

University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, houses a large collection of human rights documents, including several hundred treaties and other human rights instruments.

UN Documents, is a database searchable by UN document number. Good for finding links online to UN documents.

United Nations Treaty Collection, contains all multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations and those formerly deposited with the League of Nations.

U.S. Human Rights Online Library, provides sample briefs, pleadings and non-litigation advocacy materials on the domestic implementation of human rights law, hosted by Columbia University Human Rights Institute.

Coordinated Initiatives Around Human Rights in the U.S.

U.S. Human Rights Network (USHRN), is a national network of organizations and individuals working to build and strengthen the human rights movement in the U.S.  USHRN coordinates various campaigns, taskforces and listservs around various human rights treaty body reporting processes including the ICCPR, CERD, UPR, CAT and International Mechanisms.  

Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers’ Network (BHRH), is coordinated through the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute. BHRH holds semi-annual meetings, serves as a forum for information sharing, strategic discussions and relationship building, provides coordination on projects as needed, and hosts an active listserv.

Human Rights at Home (HURAH Campaign), is a growing coalition of national and local U.S.-based organizations supporting human rights at home.

Freedom from Domestic Violence Local City and County Council Resolutions recently passed by several jurisdictions across the United States.

Human Rights in the U.S. Handbooks and Manuals

Human Rights in the U.S.: A Handbook for Legal Aid Attorneys, Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law (2013).

Human Rights & Domestic Violence: An Advocacy Manual, Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic and Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic (2010).

Housing Rights for All: Promoting and Defending Housing Rights in the United States, Fifth Edition, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (2011).

Together with Children – for Children: A guide for non-governmental organizations accompanying children in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child (2011). A practical guide for NGOs to facilitate children’s engagement in all aspects of the CRC reporting process.

Toolkit to Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (2008).

HIV/AIDS & Human Rights in a Nutshell, Program on International Health and Human Rights, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health and the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO).

Human Rights. Yes! Action and Advocacy on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Human Rights Education Series. A training manual for ”persons who care about the human rights of persons with disabilities to become effective educators and advocates on human rights and disability, able to share both their passion and their knowledge.”

Human Rights in the United States, A Primer On Recommendations from the Inter-American Human Rights Commission and the United Nations. This Primer is a tool for advocates using the Inter-American Commission and the U.N. to address social justice issues in the U.S.