Bringing Human Rights Home:
How State & Local Governments Can Use Human Rights to Advance Local Policy
As the level of government closest to the people, state and local agencies and officials play a key role in implementing human rights. Across the United States, states, cities and counties are integrating human rights into local law, policy and practice using a number of innovative strategies that enhance government decision-making and respond directly to local needs. Building from existing examples, this report highlights the benefits of a human rights approach and offers concrete recommendations to advance local policy using a human rights framework.
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Selected Press Coverage
U.S. Conference of Mayors resolution committing to uphold and promote international human rights locally, June 24, 2013
Letter from Mayor Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City to U.S. Conference of Mayors recommending Bringing Human Rights Home, June 18, 2013
"Once Again, Seate Republicans Reject International Human Rights" The Nation
"Human Rights Principles Should Start Here at Home" Politico, Op-ed
"El Paso County Sheriff's Office Praised for Eye Toward Human Rights Policies" El Paso Times