Human rights standards provide an avenue of response to social injustice when national, state, and local laws and processes fail. The Human Rights Project attempts to situate domestic poverty and discrimination issues within a human rights framework. While international human rights groups abound, we are one of only a handful of organizations in the United States working to analyze domestic social policy in this manner.
Our work represents a unique and creative attempt to push for a higher standard of government accountability than U.S. legislation typically allows. For example, the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a host of international treaties articulate the right to basic necessities such as food, housing, health, and employment. However, U.S. safety net programs and laws do not clearly acknowledge these rights, and often circumvent or disregard them.
We spearhead efforts to document, monitor, and report on economic human rights violations in the United States, and then publicize our findings through publications, community education, and direct action. We provide trainings to other groups seeking to use human rights standards in their work. We actively seek volunteers and collaborators for all of our projects, which include The New York City Human Rights Initiative. For a list of our current projects and for additional information on the Human Rights Project, please visit www.hrpujc.org.
News and Events
Thank you for joining us on Monday night for the panel
on the Future of the Council:
A Discussion Between Leading Candidates for NYC Council Speaker
This event was presented by Common Cause/NY, the Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center (HRP), and New York Law School's Center for New York City Law.
If you missed it, click here for a video feed of the event.
Discussion on the Future of NYC Council
On the evening of Monday, December 2nd, the Human Rights Project (HRP) along with Common Cause/NY and New York Law School/Center for New York City Law, held a roundtable at New York Law School with six New York City Council members -Inez Dickens, Daniel Garodnick, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Annabel Palma, James Vacca, and Mark Weprin – on the future of the City Council. The roundtable, moderated by Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause/NY and Christina Greer, Fordham University Professor, featured an in-depth discussion on the Council's rules and operations going forward, touching on topics including discretionary funds, the progression of legislation, the roles of Council, working with Mayor Elect DeBlasio, and the incoming 21 Council members. HRP Director Shani Jamila provided opening and concluding remarks. A video of the event is available at CitylandNYC.org. Audio of the event may be accessed here.
2012 Human Rights Report Card
Please click here to download the 2012 New York City Council Human Rights Report Card, available for a suggested donation of $10. You will be prompted to enter your password. To register for a password, and for more information about the Report Card, please visit: http://www.hrpujc.org/councilwatch.html.