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

June 17, 2020 Video

On this week's Plans & Pans, I discussed the Supreme Court's decision to protect LGBTQ+ Americans from employment discrimination.

June 12, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Providers and Clinics Task Force, released the following statement after the Trump Administration finalized their rule to promote gender-based discrimination and rollback of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which protects individuals seeking health care services from discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender ide

June 4, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, joined House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Co-Chair David Cicilline (RI-01) and over 80 Congressional colleagues, in calling for a Special Prosecutor to investigate the excessive use of force on Monday evening ordered by U.S. Attorney General William Barr. After President Trump’s Rose Garden speech about the ongoing civil unrest, he headed to St.

February 13, 2020 Video

I spoke on the House floor in favor of H. J. Res. 79, the allow the Equal Rights Amendment to take effect.