Using a Human Rights Approach in Immigration Advocacy: An Introduction

Clearinghouse Review, July-August 2013

12 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2013 Last revised: 2 Jul 2017

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Robert Pauw

Gibbs Houston Pauw

Rebecca A. Sharpless

University of Miami - School of Law

Judith Wood

Law Offices of Judith Wood

Date Written: February 28, 2013

Abstract

Human rights advocacy can be a useful tool for those who seek to advance the cause of social justice for immigrants in the United States. This article summarizes the basic ways in which domestic immigration advocates can effectively incorporate human rights norms and strategies into both individual case and policy advocacy. It provides an overview of relevant international human rights standards and tribunals, strategies for incorporating human rights norms into more traditional advocacy, and the basics of how to bring a case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). To demonstrate how human rights advocacy can intertwine with domestic advocacy on behalf of immigrants, case examples are discussed as well.

Keywords: human rights, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, immigration

Suggested Citation

Pauw, Robert and Sharpless, Rebecca A. and Wood, Judith, Using a Human Rights Approach in Immigration Advocacy: An Introduction (February 28, 2013). Clearinghouse Review, July-August 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2226589 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2226589

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