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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October 26, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Providers & Clinics Task Force, reacted to the vote by the U.S. Senate to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court:

October 17, 2020 Video

Updates on the coronavirus, Amy Coney Barrett, and discussions on COVID-19 relief package.

October 2, 2020 Video

Here's my weekly video update for my constituents. I address President Trump's COVID diagnosis, the latest Coronavirus numbers, votes by the House to condemn QAnon and the forced sterilization of women in ICE custody, and other updates.

September 24, 2020 Video

The Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a remote hearing on Thursday, September 24, 2020. The hearing is entitled, “Mainstreaming Extremism: Social Media’s Role in Radicalizing America.”

September 24, 2020 Video

The Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a remote hearing on Thursday, September 24, 2020. The hearing is entitled, “Mainstreaming Extremism: Social Media’s Role in Radicalizing America.”

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