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 7, 2021 Video

I talked with Sylvia Perez at FOX 32 Chicago​ today about yesterday's attack on the Capitol, calling on President Trump to be removed immediately.

January 7, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chairwoman of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to the attack on the U.S. Capitol:

January 6, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky led her fellow House Democrats in a statement blasting Congresswoman Mary Miller, who earlier who earlier today made comments saying “Hitler was right.” Schakowsky is joined by Reps. Bobby Rush, Robin Kelly, Marie Newman, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Mike Quigley, Sean Casten, Danny K. Davis, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Brad Schneider, Bill Foster, Lauren Underwood, and Cheri Bustos.

December 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019 by a vote of 228-164:

November 20, 2020 Video

Here is my latest weekly video update for my constituents. I discuss the latest on the transition to the Biden Administration and an update on the impact of the Coronavirus. I also discuss Transgender Day of Remembrance.

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