Getting involved in the 2012 CERD Shadow Reporting process is an important part of realizing racial justice in the U.S.
This wiki-web site is dedicated to collaborating on the institutional submission related to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).
This collaborative report will highlight the United State's record on human rights and racial discrimination and obligations under ICERD.
The report will focus on several themes related to racial discrimination in the U.S. including: poverty, criminal justice, health, education, housing, and institutional barriers to equality.
If you have a particular issue you would like highlighted, please consider contributing a paragraph, a statistic, a recommendation, or testimony.
USHRN CERD Task Force & Shadow Reporting
The USHRN CERD Project was created to ensure implementation of CERD and to ensure U.S. accountability to treaty standards.
Every five years the U.S. undergoes a compliance review by the ICERD Committee. The review requires the U.S. to submit a compliance report and to update the committee on prior recommendations. The process also allows civil society to submit shadow reports and engage the committee in a dialogue about racial discrimination in the U.S.
The U.S. has been reviewed twice since ratifying the convention in 1995. In it's last review, the U.S. was given a set of recommendations to improve compliance related to treaty objectives. This upcoming year the committee review the U.S. on it's implementation of these recommendations and review overall compliance with the treaty.
Since 2008, the CERD Task Force has coordinated the submission of the civil society shadow to the committee and has played a critical role in ensuring local implementation and U.S. accountability.
The committee is made up of representatives from the field working on the intersection of human rights and racial justice.