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

July 28, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip and member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, issued the following statement after the family of slain human and environmental rights activist Berta Caceres reported being harassed and violently threatened:

April 11, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declared that Adolf Hitler had not used chemical weapons:

February 21, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement in response to a bomb threat made on the Hyde Park JCC caused panic and evacuations:

“Fear and anxiety in the Jewish community continues to mount, and the hateful threat made to the Hyde Park JCC is the latest example of rising anti-Semitism in the United States. It is not an isolated incident, coming as part of a rise of instances of ‘telephone terrorism’ targeting Jewish spaces around the country.

February 6, 2017 Press Release

Chicago- Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement in response to a violent act of anti-Semitic vandalism perpetrated on the Chicago Loop Synagogue this weekend: