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Countering Criminalization: Constitutional Challenges and Constructive Alternatives to Ineffective, Expensive, and Illegal Public Policies

Homelessness is an ongoing crisis in the U.S., affecting upwards of 3 million Americans every year, and plaguing communities from coast to coast. At the core of this crisis is a nationwide lack of affordable housing. Adequate affordable housing units … Continue reading

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Believing the Unbelievable: Sharing a Model for Domestic Human Rights Implementation

Yesterday was a day I believed would come for human rights, but now that it’s happened, it’s still hard to believe. I was asked by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to come to a meeting they were hosting together with … Continue reading

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Homeless Man Shot by Police; UN Remarks that Homeless Criminalization in U.S. is “Baffling”

A video released this past week shows Albuquerque Police Officers shooting James Boyd, a homeless man camping in the foothills of Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to BBC News, the video details police using a flash bang, a Taser, two rifles, … Continue reading

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Tent Cities, the Law and Finding a Solution to U.S. Homelessness

A new report from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty takes a look at encampments, current state and federal legislation and the possible international remedies to inadequate and unaffordable housing. by James Swift Originally published by Uncommon Journalism. Cross-posted … Continue reading

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Congressional Briefing on Extending the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act

If not made permanent, on December 31, 2014 the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) will expire, leaving renters living in foreclosed properties vulnerable. Without the protection of the PTFA, renters could have no idea their landlord has defaulted on … Continue reading

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Domestic Human Rights Breakthrough

I wanted to share a domestic human rights breakthrough from our work with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), a federal agency that includes members from a wide number of other federal agencies, including DOJ, HUD, HHS, ED, Labor, … Continue reading

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Update from Geneva: Days 4-5

See the video below for the final update from the Law Center’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy Fellow, Kirsten Blume, regarding days 4 and 5 of her advocacy trip to Geneva. Kirsten has been able to meet … Continue reading

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Update from Geneva: Days 3-4

See the video below for an update from the Law Center’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy Fellow, Kirsten Blume, regarding days 3 and 4 of her advocacy trip to Geneva. Kirsten has been able to meet with various … Continue reading

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Update from Geneva: Days 1-2

See the video below for an update from the Law Center’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy Fellow, Kirsten Blume, from her first two days in Geneva. Kirsten was able to make the trip to Geneva and attend … Continue reading

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The Road to Geneva: The Right to Vote

This is the eighth edition of a blog series (see blog intro) on the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty’s advocacy efforts during the HRC Review of U.S. compliance with the ICCPR. The information in this blog came from … Continue reading

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