Engaging U.N. Special Procedures to Advance Human Rights at Home: A Guide for U.S. Advocates

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Intended as a practical guide for U.S. advocates seeking to engage with U.N. human rights experts, the report is based on interviews conducted by students in the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic during the 2013-14 academic year.  The student team spoke with human rights advocates, current and former U.N. special procedures mandate holders, and current and former U.S. government officials to explore ways in which U.S. advocates are making use of the U.N. special procedures.

The report includes a brief case study of the 2010 U.S. visit of the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, which NESRI coordinated together with a network of over a hundred grassroots organizations. The visit resulted in closer links between diverse grassroots groups fighting for their housing rights, as well as a comprehensive U.N. report on the U.S. housing crisis and grassroots report from communities, along with a documentary produced by NESRI, More than A Roof.

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