Human Rights

Public Goods

NESRI works to advance universal public systems that are equitably resourced and fulfill economic and social rights, including housing, healthcare education and social protection.

Equity & Justice

NESRI works to dismantle systemic oppression, exploitation and discrimination to create inclusive systems, policies and practices that ensure the full realization of economic and social rights for all.


NESRI supports communities and workers in creating collective action and organizing for participatory and accountable systems that ensure human rights and deepen democracy.


Our Mission

In partnership with communities, NESRI works to build a broad movement for economic & social rights, including health, housing, education and work with dignity. Learn more »

Latest Updates
February 3, 2015 | Health
In the six dramatic weeks since Vermont’s governor attempted to pull the plug on universal, publicly financed health care, the Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign has come a long way and managed to put the financing debate back at center stage. After his surprise announcement on December 17, 2014, Governor Shumlin released his... Keep reading »
January 30, 2015 | Work with Dignity
Lauding the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and underscoring the unmatched success of its Worker-Driven Social Responsibility model for eradicating modern slavery in corporate supply chains, Secretary of State John Kerry presented the CIW with this well deserved award. The award reads:  “For its extraordinary efforts to combat human trafficking by pioneering the Fair Food Program,... Keep reading »
January 29, 2015 | Health
Dr. Paul Farmer, NESRI Board Member and Co-Founder of Partners in Health, makes the case for equitable financing of health care across the world and here in the United States. Grounded in his ongoing struggle for the human right to health care, he argues that all people need the full spectrum of health-related services - from sanitation to medicine, from preventive care to tertiary care - not... Keep reading »
January 29, 2015 | Health
Testimony by Traven Leyshon, Joint Health Committee Hearing, Vermont General Assembly Thank you for holding this hearing on healthcare reform. As you know, the HCHR campaign has asked for a public hearing on the GMC financing plan required by Act 48, and we welcome today’s joint committee meeting as an important step toward such a public hearing. For the HCHR campaign... Keep reading »
January 22, 2015 | Housing
Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court spent an hour examining what grassroots leaders spent nine weeks studying in the United Workers recent Housing is a Human Right Leadership School in Baltimore:  whether we can do anything about the institutional racism that still exists in a profit-driven housing market.  The narrow legal issue... Keep reading »
January 21, 2015 | Economic and Social Rights
Yes, the economy is growing, but for whom? Given the resources in the U.S., everyone could easily be guaranteed a decent standard of living. Last night President Barack Obama called for a better politic and claimed that “tonight we turn the page,” all while insisting that “a brighter future is ours to write.” He laid out several liberal – if not entirely innovative – ideas and strongly... Keep reading »