Using the UN to Stand Up Against Racism in the U.S.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKnSMP_LU_Y&feature=youtu.be   The Advocates for Human Rights has Special Consultative status with the United Nations, allowing us to bring matters of concern to the attention of the UN human rights mechanisms. Volunteer Veronica Clark presented The Advocates for Human Rights' statement on racism in the United States at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, … Continue reading Using the UN to Stand Up Against Racism in the U.S.

Our Economy Needs More Immigrants – Not Less

There is a myth that immigration is hurting our economy. Some say that the 1 million immigrants that have come to the United States each year for more than 25 years are an economic problem. I would suggest instead that immigrants are essential. Without them, our economy would barely grow. It would stagnate.

It’s a human right: Each of us has the right to fundamental safety & security.

The Advocates for Human Rights mourns the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case of United States v. Texas, which has blocked President Obama’s executive actions on immigration for nearly two years and put the lives of an estimated 5 million people and their families on hold. International human rights standards recognize that the United States, … Continue reading It’s a human right: Each of us has the right to fundamental safety & security.

Leading by Example? The International Impact of Marriage Equality Ruling

*This post, written by Amy Bergquist, a staff attorney with The Advocates for Human Rights, is part of American Constitution Society's blog’s symposium on the consolidated marriage equality cases before the Supreme Court. A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court recognizing a right to marriage equality would make headlines around the world, but the implications … Continue reading Leading by Example? The International Impact of Marriage Equality Ruling

Migration Not Border Security Problem; People Like Us Face Perilous Choices

The capsize of a ship overloaded with migrants seeking to cross the Mediterranean has galvanized attention on what The New York Times characterizes as a surge in refugees from throughout the Middle East and North Africa. With, as The Times reports, “about 17 times as many refugee deaths in the Mediterranean Sea from January to … Continue reading Migration Not Border Security Problem; People Like Us Face Perilous Choices

Is It Just a Piece of Paper that Makes Someone an American?

Jose Antonio Vargas painted a stark picture of what it means to live life as an undocumented immigrant when he spoke to a packed crowd at Tuesday's “Out of the Shadows Immigration Symposium.” “One of the biggest ironies about being undocumented in this country is knowing that your life is limited by a piece of … Continue reading Is It Just a Piece of Paper that Makes Someone an American?