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Summaries of Civil Society Consultations in Preparation for the UPR of the United States
July 9, 2010

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years.  The review of the United States will be in November 2010. As part of its preparation, the Department of State, with other federal agencies, has been conducting consultations in selected cities across the United States.

Below are the Schedule and Summaries (in PDF format) of UPR Civil Society Consultations.
For more additional information about about the United States’ efforts to prepare for our review at the 2010 United Nations Human Rights Council, please see the State Department’s UPR webpage

New Orleans Date: Jan. 27, 2010
Location: Xavier University
Host Organization: Equity and Inclusion
Summary of New Orleans Consultation* (PDF 60 KB)
Washington, DC Date: Feb. 19, 2010
Location: Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Host Organizations: LCCHR, ACLU
Summary of Washington, DC Consultation* (PDF 68 KB)
NYC Date: Feb 26, 2010
Location: Columbia University
Host Organization: Columbia University Human Rights Institute
Partner Organizations: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Urban Justice Center
Summary of New York Consultation* (PDF 76 KB)
El Paso Date: Mar. 8, 2010

Location: Camino Real Hotel
Host Organizations: Border Network for Human Rights; Human Rights First
Summary of El Paso Consultation* (PDF 72 KB)

New Mexico Date: March 16, 2010
Location: UNM Law School
Host Organization: American Indian Law Center, Navajo Nation
Consulting Organization: International Indian Treaty Council
Summary of Albuquerque and Window Rock Consultations* (PDF 72 KB)
SF /Berkeley Date: Mar. 25-26, 2010
Location: Berkeley, University of San Francisco School of Law
Host organizations: USF School of Law, DREDF, WILD for Human Rights
Summary of Berkeley Consultation*  (PDF 52 KB)
Summary of San Francisco Consultation* (PDF 64 KB)
Detroit/Dearborn Date: April 7, 2010
Location: Wayne State Law School
Host organizations: NAACP, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Summary of Detroit Consultation* (PDF 48 KB)
Chicago Date: April 13-14, 2010
Location: John Marshall Law School
Host Organizations: Housing Action Illinois, John Marshall Law School
Summary of Chicago Consultation* (PDF 100 KB)
Summary of Department of Homeland Security/Community Roundtable* (PDF 92 KB)
Birmingham Date: April 22-23, 2010
Location: Grace Episcopal Church
Host Organizations: Greater Birmingham Ministries, Alabama ARISE
Summary of Birmingham Consultation* (PDF 52 KB)
Washington, DC Date: April 28, 2010
Location: Bingham McCutchen LLP
Host organization: Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch, Open Society Institute
Summary of Washington, DC Consultation* (PDF 68 KB)
Washington, DC Date: April 30, 2010
Location: The Federalist Society
Host organization: Federalist Society
Summary of Washington, DC Consultation* (PDF 68 KB)

*These consultation summaries are not transcripts, and they are not intended to capture everything that was said. Moreover, they may contain some inaccuracies and may omit some points that speakers considered important. These summaries are based on what was captured by government notetakers and are intended as brief overviews of some of the key points made by civil society speakers.