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 18, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, issued the following statement in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

“While accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on December 11, 1964, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said the following –

January 15, 2021 Video

Some updates for my constituents regarding the 2nd impeachment of President Trump, the attack on our Capitol, COVID-19, and a few other topics.

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.