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

November 15, 2016 Press Release

Today, after joining 168 of her colleagues in a letter asking President-elect Donald Trump to take back his appointment of Steven Bannon as Chief White House Strategist:

November 14, 2016 Press Release

“Donald Trump has failed his first test as President-Elect. Only days after declaring that his presidency would strive to bring our country together, he has chosen to put one of the most important roles of his Administration in the hands of a man who could not possibly be more divisive.”

July 3, 2016 Press Release

CHICAGO, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statement on the passing of Holocaust survivor, writer and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel:

“I join with many around the world in mourning the loss of Elie Wiesel, a man who emerged from the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust to become a champion of freedom from hatred and bigotry.

March 17, 2016 Press Release

Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after the murder of Honduran activist Nelson Garcia:

March 3, 2016 Press Release

Today, Representative Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after it was announced that Honduran indigenous and environmental rights activist Berta Cáceres was murdered: