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

May 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statement recognizing Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day:

September 17, 2018 Press Release

“The allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford against Brett Kavanaugh are credible and disturbing. I applaud her courage for coming forward despite the chaos and frenzy that she will undoubtedly face because of it.

June 14, 2018 Video
Congresswoman Schakowsky delivers a special message celebrating Pride Month 2018.


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: