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

February 19, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding the acquittal of Senator Leila de Lima in one of three false charges filed against her by the Government of the Philippines:

February 12, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, was joined by Congressman Adriano Espaillat and Congressman Mike Quigley in asking Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to immediately end three programs that create unnecessary burdens on local law enforcement. These controversial programs places unnecessary burdens on state and local law enforcement budgets and personnel.

February 8, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Founding member of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, reintroduced the Innovative Maternal Payment And Coverage To (IMPACT To) Save Moms Act. This bill is one of several included in the historic and newly reintroduced “Momnibus” package of legislation to address the Black maternal health crisis in the United States.

February 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, Chair of Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and a member of the House Energy and Commerce Racial Disparities Working Group, issued the following statement in recognition of Black History Month:

February 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and a senior member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed S. Con. Res. 5, a budget resolution that lays the groundwork for passing President Biden’s American Rescue Plan:

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