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

January 15, 2021 Video
Great to chat with Scott & Sylvia on FOX 32 Chicago​ this morning about the impeachment of the President and security concerns at the U.S. Capitol.
January 14, 2021 Video

I'm introducing a Congressional Resolution to censure Congresswoman Mary Miller for her remarks praising the words and philosophy of Adolf Hitler.

January 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chairwoman of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, made the following statement during debate of the Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump:

Madam Speaker, I rise in support of impeaching the President of the United States of America, Donald. J. Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors.

January 13, 2021 Video
January 8, 2021 Video
After the shocking attack on our Capitol this week, I am very pleased to be able to give you this update. Thank you to everyone who reached out to check-in and express your concern.