Billions currently live without adequate housing across the globe, even though housing is a human right. One of the most widespread violation is forced eviction — the removal of people against their will from their homes or land without legal protections, typically because they live on land desirable to governments or private developers. Even here in the U.S., upwards of 1.6 million people experience homelessness each year.
Join Amnesty International and housing rights experts to discuss these and other issues, including forced evictions, the criminalization of homelessness, and the foreclosure crisis. Chat participants will include:
Mayra Gomez, Co-Executive Director of the Global Initiative on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Mayra is formerly the Senior Expert on Women and Housing Rights at the Centre on Housing Rights & Evictions and a member of the Amnesty International Demand Dignity Member Strategy Planning Group.
Eric Tars, Director of Human Rights and Children’s Rights Programs at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. He was the primary researcher and writer for the Law Center’s 2011 report, ‘Simply Unacceptable’: Homelessness and the Human Right to Housing in the United States.
To Join The Online Chat
To join the chat go to Facebook on Oct 7th from 1:00-2:00 PM EST and visit the Amnesty International USA Facebook page. Post your questions directly to our “Wall.”
- Please keep your questions on topic. We welcome all questions relating to the housing crisis and will try to answer them as they are received.
- Unrelated questions will be removed from our Wall feed for the duration of the chat. Thanks for your understanding.
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We look forward to answering your questions!