Human rights standards and strategies play an important role in social justice legal advocacy in the United States. Human rights help frame new arguments, offer new venues for challenging existing policies and practices, provide opportunities for coalition-building, and afford new means to bring attention to rights violations. One example of human rights strategies at work in the U.S. is found in advocates’ efforts to end a practice unique to the United States: sentencing juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Human Rights Institute,
Challenging Juvenile Life Without Parole: How Has Human Rights Made a Difference?,
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/human_rights_institute/43