Civil and Human Rights

Our government is founded on the belief that individuals have a number of “inalienable rights” enshrined in the Constitution. I believe that the protection of those rights is a fundamental obligation for each member of Congress, and I take that duty very seriously.  It is important that we work to end discrimination and human rights abuses wherever they occur.  

In my work in the House of Representatives, where I was previously a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Vice Chair of the Human Rights Commission, I do my best to make sure a proper balance between security and liberty is maintained, and that government’s reach into our private lives is kept to a minimum.

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April 8, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, released the following statement in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day:

“Today on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, we join together to remember the 6 million Jewish lives lost during one of the darkest moments in history. I hope all my constituents will take a moment to honor their memories and join me in an effort to ‘Never Forget’.

March 18, 2021 Video


During a Special Order hour on Women's History Month, I honored Patsy Mink, the first woman of color in Congress.

March 3, 2021 Video

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives said #BlackLivesMatter.

February 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Founding Member of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, voted for H.R. 5, the Equality Act, which passed the House by a vote of 224-206. She released the following statement after the vote: