Tag Archives: Human Rights

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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Sacramento’s Homeless People Being Heard Loud and Clear

We hope you’ve been following  our work to protect the human rights of Sacramento’s homeless people.   A UN expert wrote a letter last week warning Mayor Kevin Johnson that the city’s systematic elimination of bathrooms and clean water sources near … Continue reading

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UN to Sacramento: You’re Violating Human Rights of Homeless People

The Law Center and its local allies have won a big victory 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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The Drifting Dark

“I’ll be around. Somehow. I used to fall asleep thinking I wouldn’t wake up. Now I know better. Now I know, honey – it goes on and on and on.” Last February, I wrote about a woman named “V.” She’s … Continue reading

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US Issues Human Rights Report, Downplays Housing Rights Violations

On Friday December 30, 2011, the United States Government issued its Fourth Periodic Report on the Implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to the United Nations Human Rights Committee. The report, over 400 pages long, contains … Continue reading

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UN: Criminalization Laws Violate Human Rights

On October 28, I had the opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking meeting between U.N. officials; leaders of NGOs; and members of the U.S. State Department, Department of Justice (DOJ), and HUD to discuss the criminalization of homelessness and poverty … Continue reading

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Small Steps Toward the Human Right to Housing in the U.S.

Over the past decade and a half, the Law Center has been working hard to get the federal government to acknowledge housing as a basic human right and begin taking steps to implement its obligations.  As documented in our report, … Continue reading

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The Reason for this All

This past summer I served as a human rights fellow at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. The policy work I engaged in there will help spur change for countless Americans, but my interactions with a man named … Continue reading

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Celebrating the 13th Annual McKinney-Vento Awards!

Each year, the Law Center recognizes outstanding contributions by individuals and organizations to the movement to end homelessness at its 13th Annual McKinney-Vento Awards. This year’s event will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Cry for Justice, Finally Heard

As I graduated from law school back in 2004, my women’s rights classes were abuzz with the preparations for the upcoming Supreme Court hearing of the Castle Rock v. Gonzales case. Little did I suspect that the case, which had … Continue reading

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