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

April 21, 2021 Video

The Access to Counsel Act of 2021 would ensure that U.S. citizens, green card holders, and others coming to the United States with valid travel documents may contact a lawyer or a family member if held by CBP for more than an hour.

April 21, 2021 Video

I spoke on the House floor today during the debate on H.R. 1333, the NO BAN Act. It prohibits discrimination in immigration matters on the basis of religion and limits the authority of the Executive Branch to issue overly broad travel bans in the future.

April 17, 2021 Video

I joined MSNBC's The Week with Joshua Johnson this weekend to talk about the recent shooting of 13yo Adam Toledo and the continued need to reform police and enact gun control laws.

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.