CERD & the U.S.’ Report Card on Human Rights

Join UNA-USA on December 8, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. to review human rights in the context of the U.S. and your communities.

In August 2022, the UN committee that reviews compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) met in Geneva to examine the United States’ record of implementing this important human rights treaty.  The Committee released observations from the review, including three areas of concern to eliminate racial discrimination in the U.S., including: (1) Indigenous Rights; (2) Immigration Rights; and (3) Women’s Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights. 

Join this interactive program, hosted by UNA-USA, to not only hear from experts within those three areas of rights, but to also represent and reflect about these rights from the context of your community.  After a brief level setting segment, attendees will be asked to join one of the three breakout rooms to offer examples of how these three areas are being addressed and supported–or not addressed nor supported–in their cities, regions, and states, along with local recommendations.  The responses will be shared with appropriate representatives in both the U.S. government and at the United Nations.


8:00 – 8:03 p.m.          Welcome, overview of program, introduction of Joshua Cooper

8:03 – 8:10 p.m.          Setting the stage about CERD, three areas of human rights, introduction 

                                   of representatives for each of the three areas [Joshua Cooper]

8:10 – 8:15 p.m.          Sexual and reproductive health rights [Anu Surendran]

8:15 – 8:20 p.m.          Immigration Rights 

8:20 – 8:25 p.m.          Indigenous Rights

8:25 – 8:45 p.m.          Group discussion in breakout rooms

                                          –  Includes Guest Speaker for answering pointed questions

                                          – Includes Facilitators (Human Rights Affinity Group)

8:45 – 8:58 p.m.          Readouts from each breakout room (designated rapporteur) and 

                                    submission of document to organizers for passing on

8:58 – 9:00 p.m.          Closing remarks, advocacy ask