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Documenting Injustice in the United States

Testimonies of Human Rights at Home A Report by the US Human Rights Network on their Human Rights Hearings

Testimonies of Human Rights at Home A Report by the US Human Rights Network on their Human Rights Hearings

Documenting Injustice in the United States

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Authors: Sarah Tofte and Rebecca Landy

Thank you to our hearings partners:

Photo Credits: Alonso Parra, Thomas DePree, Aurea Cardiel, Mike Ward, Daymon Hartley, Emma Lockridge, and Chi Nguyen (The Center for Reproductive Rights).

Detroit: the Corktown Restorative Justice Center, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, GreenDoor Initiative, Human Synergy Works, Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, Michigan Welfare Rights organization, Sierra Club, and the Sugar law Center; New Mexico: the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE), and the SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP); Arizona: the Puente Human Rights Movement, The Border Network for Human Rights, Coalición de Derechos Humanos, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. Louisiana: New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ), Congress of Day Laborers, BreakOUT!, Vote NOLA, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, Survivors Village, Public Interest Law & Advocacy Resource of Coastal Louisiana (PILAR), Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), and Women with a Vision. Texas: The Center for Reproductive Rights, The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and the CUNY School of Law International Women’s Human Rights Clinic.

Special thanks for research and overall assistance to USHRN interns: Emma Anderson and James Jesperson

For their comments on the report special thanks to: Katrina Anderson, Eric Jantz, Sylvia Orduno, and Bill Quigley Many thanks to all the USHRN staff for their support in organizing the hearings. Thank you to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Sunrise Initiative (a project of NEO Philanthropy) whose generous support made this report possible. We are also grateful for the support of the Ford Foundation, Foundation for a Justice Society, Overbrook Foundation, NoVo Foundation, Libra Foundation, CarEth Foundation, the Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

Thank you to all the brave people who testified at the hearings about injustice in their communities and their fight for human rights in the United States every day.

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Documenting Injustice in the United States

Testimonies of Human Rights at Home A Report by the US Human Rights Network on their Human Rights Hearings

Testimonies of Human Rights at Home A Report by the US Human Rights Network on their Human Rights Hearings

Documenting Injustice in the United States

TABLE OF CONTENTS Section

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p. 1

About USHRN and International Human Rights Accountability Mechanisms



About USHRN

p. 2

International Human Rights Accountability Mechanisms

Section

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p. 11

Speaking Up About Human Rights Abuses in the United States

p. 12 Violence and Harassment: Acts of Commission, Targeted

Populations, and Failure to Protect

p. 13 Abuse of Power by Police p. 15 Violence, Profiling, Harassment, and Detention of Immigrants p. 22 Violence and Discrimination Against and Harassment of

Transgender Individuals

p. 25 Environmental Racism: Toxic Land, Air, and Water and Access to Basic Utilities p. 30 Reproductive Justice

Section

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p. 3 Preface p. 4 Introduction: About the Hearings p. 5 Detroit p. 6 New Mexico p. 7 Arizona p. 8 New Orleans p. 9 Lower Rio Grande Valley p. 10 Amplifying the Struggle for Human Ri