Lawyers and advocates in the United States increasingly use human rights principles to name and respond to inequality, connect and mobilize impacted communities, and demand accountability. The Human Rights Institute (HRI) builds the capacity of U.S. lawyers to engage in human rights advocacy through trainings and convenings, strategic coordination, and resource development.

Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers’ Network 

HRI leads the Bringing Human Rights Home (BHRH) Lawyers’ Network, which brings together more than 900 lawyers and advocates from domestic civil rights and human rights organizations, legal services, academia, and private practice to strengthen the human rights field by sharing information and strategies, and developing joint responses to human rights developments, particularly around socioeconomic, gender, and racial justice. We foster partnerships and cultivate community through periodic in-person meetings, an active listserv, and Continuing Legal Education programs. BHRH members have access to the HRI’s U.S. Human Rights Online Library and can join the network’s working groups.

Legal Education

HRI builds the capacity of the BHRH Lawyers’ Network members through continuing legal education programs that advance critical conversations on human rights in the United States. Recent topics include engaging with UN human rights mechanisms, addressing criminalization of poverty, and advancing racial justice through reparations and restorative justice. 

U.S. Human Rights Online

The U.S. Human Rights Online Library serves as an online clearinghouse of resources for members, including sample briefs, pleadings, and other materials. 

Join Us

For more information on the BHRH Lawyers' Network, to join the listserv, or to access the U.S. Human Rights Online Library, please contact us at [email protected].