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Midwest Coalition

The Midwest Coalition for Human Rights is a network of 56 organizations, service providers, and university centers that work together to promote and protect human rights in our Midwest region.

The Coalition, created in 1995, exists for the purpose of providing a strong and unified voice in human rights issues of the day. Rooted in the Heartland's long history of pioneering work in labor and immigrant rights, and recognizing the tremendous substantive expertise and important human rights models present in the region, Coalition members believe that increased communication and collaborative work in our region will lead to effective and lasting change with respect to human rights.

The Human Rights Program, serving as the administrative home for the Coalition, has played a key role in facilitating the Coalition’s activities since its inception. These efforts have led to new paths to justice in the Chicago Police Torture Cases, holding U.S. Administration officials accountable for failure to implement promised reforms in the immigrant detention system, providing key advocacy to improve the health and safety of workers in the meatpacking industry, shining a light on prolonged solitary confinement and its harmful impacts on mental health, fostering new linkages between academic institutions and on the ground advocacy and service organizations, and supporting Coalition members in their efforts to bring local human rights issues before international human rights bodies.