Category Archives: Human Rights

The Road to Geneva: Criminalization and Discrimination

This is the second edition of a new blogs series (see first blog entry from 10-3-13) 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 … Continue reading

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The Road to Geneva – A New Blog Series on U.S. Criminalization of Homelessness and International Law

The criminalization of homelessness is an urgent issue in the United States. In less than ten days, representatives from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (the Law Center) will travel to Geneva to ensure that the United States … Continue reading

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Criminalization of Homelessness: From Europe to Eugene

In November, 2012, the Hungarian Constitutional Court won international acclaim when it struck down a law that criminalized homelessness. That acclaim turned to condemnation as the lead political party responded by changing the Constitution to condone local authorities who criminally … Continue reading

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Migrant Workers Await U.S. Response: Human Rights Still in Jeopardy

Today, The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty joined Maryland Legal Aid Bureau (MD Legal Aid) and migrant farmworker advocates in calling for the U.S. Department of State to respond to a United Nations (U.N.) communication regarding a MD … Continue reading

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Organizing Federal Action to Combat Criminalization of Homelessness

Yesterday, I participated in an open dialogue about the criminalization of homelessness in the United States among representatives from key federal agencies and advocates from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP). Prompted by the United Nations (U.N.) … Continue reading

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Meet Ed McNicholas, New Chair of the Board

In January 2013, Ed McNicholas, partner at Sidley Austin LLP’s Washington office, became chair of the Law Center’s Board of Directors, after serving for several years as member and vice-chair. Through an email interview, Mr. McNicholas tells us about what … Continue reading

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Ending homelessness – social justice and human rights

“We don’t work on homelessness.” It’s a comment I hear from policymakers, funders, and other organizations. But my feeling is that if you work on poverty, and if you work on justice, you work on homelessness. Over the years, homelessness … Continue reading

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Racial Discrimination: Progress, but “Much Work Remains”

The U.S. government issued a major report to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination last week, focusing attention on the ongoing existence of racial disparities in the U.S. The report does a decent job of responding to … Continue reading

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The Right to Adequate Housing in the U.S. – Symposium Report

On April 26, 2013, a packed room of close to 150 attorneys, advocates, and federal, state, and local government officials gathered in New York City for a national symposium on Bringing Economic & Social Rights Home: The Right to Adequate … Continue reading

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Law Center Partners with ABA To Support Human Rights and Protect Disaster Victims

Law Center staff are working with the American Bar Association’s Commission on Homelessness & Poverty on two exciting projects – drafting an ABA policy resolution in support of the implementation of the human right to housing and disseminating important information about post-disaster … Continue reading

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