Tag Archives: Human Rights

Housing & Homelessness Addressed At Global Review of U.S. Human Rights Record

On Monday, May 11, the U.N. Human Rights Council reviewed the U.S. for compliance with its human rights obligations as part of the U.S.’s second Universal Periodic Review. Thanks to advocacy by the Law Center and others, several countries raised … Continue reading

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Criminalization of homelessness – local impact, global issue

As the economic crisis continues at the bottom end of the income spectrum, the past week has brought two victories worth noting, from the most humble of tent encampments to the marble halls of the U.N.’s Palais Wilson in Geneva. … Continue reading

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Looking Back: A Milestone Year for Homeless Advocacy

The year 2012 was an important milestone for the Law Center, as we marked the 25th anniversary of the McKinney-Vento Act—the first federal legislation to address homelessness—for which our founder and executive director was a primary advocate.  But while great … Continue reading

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Homelessness & Human Rights Day

December 10 is Human Rights Day, a global day of recognition of the basic rights that are fundamental to all human beings.  At the Law Center, we’re taking the opportunity to update our report card on U.S. compliance with the … Continue reading

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Domestic Violence a Leading Cause of Homelessness for Women and Youth

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and it’s an important occasion for anyone concerned about homelessness.  As we note below, domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness—for women, in particular, as well as unaccompanied youth.  For many, the only … Continue reading

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First Read: Homeless Bill of Rights, Job Training for Homeless Vets, More

Rhode Island’s Homeless Bill of Rights Mother Jones has today’s first word on the civil rights of homeless people. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Law Center and the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, Governor Lincoln Chafee is … Continue reading

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Equity, Prosperity, and the American Identity

“People need to live somewhere, and in the absence of other shelter, that will be in public,” said Maria Foscarinis, speaking Monday on a panel discussing the inequities of access to housing and urban poverty. The founder and executive director … Continue reading

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

As the early spring’s plantings start to blossom in my yard, I’ve also been appreciating that the seeds for the human right to housing, some planted years ago, have also started to bloom. In early April, the U.S. Interagency Council … Continue reading

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Time to Finish the Job

When I first came to Washington DC to organize a campaign for a federal response to homelessness, I never dreamt that, decades later, I’d still be fighting to end homelessness. In 1986, when I started going to Capitol Hill to … Continue reading

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Law Center Spurs Human Rights Breakthrough in Sacramento

The Law Center and its local allies have achieved an important milestone on behalf of homeless campers in Sacramento. For well over a year, campers have been forced to transport bags full of waste on a bicycle to a public … Continue reading

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