IAOHRA is pleased to share with you a new resource on key human rights issues relevant to the work of IAOHRA members. Human Rights Recommendations to the United States: A Desk Reference for State and Local Human Rights Agencies distills recommendations to the United States to improve human rights, based upon recent United Nations reviews of the United States’ human rights record.  See letter for complete details.

Posted April 22, 2016


U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor: 2015 Country Report on Human Rights 

Secretary Kerry (April 13, 2016): "It is important to underscore that the reports that we release today, as voluminous as they are, represent just a tiny fraction of what this department does to advance freedom and dignity across the globe." See report.

Posted April 20, 2016


Wade Henderson to Step Down as Head of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights at End of 2016

After 20 years as head of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Wade Henderson has announced his plan to step down at the end of 2016.

“This announcement is just one step on a very long path in ensuring the long-term health, integrity and effectiveness of The Leadership Conference and its coalition of more than 200 civil rights groups,” said Henderson. “There’s an unmistakable generational transition happening in the civil and human rights movement. The day-to-day work of civil rights advocacy is extremely important, but on its own, is not enough. Leaders also have the responsibility to cultivate, encourage and make paths for the next generation to lead and to thrive.”

Henderson’s announcement is the next step of a multi-year plan to prepare the organization for a generational shift in civil and human rights leadership that has included a restructuring of the organization’s board, a strengthening of its staff capacity, improved fundraising and fiscal controls, and a renewed emphasis on civil rights as human rights.

A national search will be conducted for the next president and CEO of The Leadership Conference and its sister organization, The Leadership Conference Education Fund. The other members of the organizations’ executive leadership team, Executive Vice President for Policy Nancy Zirkin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Karen Lawson, and Executive Vice President for Field and Communications Ellen Buchman, will be in place to ensure a stable transition. Read More.

Posted Feburary 27, 2016


Southern Poverty Law Center Announcement. In 2014, voter turnout reached the lowest levels in 72 years. And to make matters worse, new voter ID laws have the potential to further drive down participation in the 2016 election.

You can fight this downward trend by helping to get our voting rights documentary,Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot, shown in your community. Read More.

Posted February 13, 2016


Civil Rights and the Vote: Yesterday and Today

During the 2015 IAOHRA conference in Alabama, PCHR Executive Director Rue Landau developed a travelogue about the discoveries she and her colleagues made. Those thoughts seemed even more poignant for this Election Day. Read More.

Posted February 10, 2016