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.

More on Civil and Human Rights

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.”

September 18, 2020 Video

I spoke with WGN News in Chicago about the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

September 18, 2020 Video

My weekly video update for my constituents, including updates on Hispanic Heritage Month, the recent whistleblower complaint about forced hysterectomies at ICE detention facilities, and HHS officials changing scientific reports.

September 11, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, issued the following statement on the anniversary of the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001:

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