This report offers an overview of the domestic landscape for human rights implementation and recommends action the United States must take to respect and ensure Covenant rights at the state and local level. This information responds directly to questions posed by the Human Rights Committee as part of the fourth periodic review of the United States, and offers a more complete picture of how the lack of institutionalized support impacts state and local governments. The report further describes a number of promising state and local human rights initiatives and details the myriad barriers that impede more comprehensive and effective state and local implementation.
Human Rights Institute & International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA),
Closing the Gap: The Federal Role in Respecting & Ensuring Human Rights at the State and Local Level,
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/human_rights_institute/71