Today the Law Center is excited to be a part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) consultation in New York City.

The UPR holds UN member countries accountable to human rights standards by requiring that all members submit reports to the Human Rights Council every four years.  This is the United States’ first review since the UPR was created in 2006. As a part of the review, the U.S. government is required to consult with civil society.

About 80 people*  are in attendance for presentations by advocates highlighting human rights issues related to housing, employment and labor, education, health and criminal justice. Representatives from the State, Housing & Urban Development, and Justice Departments among others, are present.

Of course, we’re highlighting housing rights. The Law Center is a co-sponsor of the consultation, and we assembled the panel on housing rights. Click here to read the testimony presented this morning by Human Rights Program Director Eric Tars.

If you’re on Twitter, you can follow the consultation through our live feed. Check us out at @NLCHPhomeless.

You can also see photos from the consultation here.

Stay tuned for more!

*More than 120 RSVP’d, but snow prevented some from getting to the site of the consultation.