Bringing Human Rights Back: Embracing Human Rights as a Mechanism for Addressing Gaps in United States Law examines well-documented policy failures in the United States and makes an argument for how a human rights approach to these issues can lead to meaningful change. Specifically, the authors articulate a human rights approach to online harassment of women, child poverty, and access to safe drinking water. These issue areas all involve human rights concerns and gross shortcomings within current law, policy, and practice in the United States. The authors analyze recent events, such as Gamergate, contention over social programs such as TANF and CHIP, and the water crises in Flint and Detroit to demonstrate the ways in which current laws do not fully respect, protect, and fulfill human rights. A human rights approach decenters assigning blame or liability, and instead emphasizes human dignity, redress, and remedy for the rights violations. Daniel Tagliarina and Corinne Tagliarina not only highlight the need for change in these areas, but outline a practical way forward rooted in human rights scholarship and practice.
Daniel Tagliarina is associate professor of political science at Utica College.
Corinne M. Tagliarina is instructor and director of human rights advocacy at Utica College.
Introduction: A Human Rights Framework
Chapter 1: The Power of Human Rights to Address (American) Legal Challenges
Chapter 2: A Human Rights Approach to Remedying and Preventing Online Harassment of Women
Chapter 3: A Human Rights Approach to Redressing and Ameliorating Child Poverty in the United States
Chapter 4: A Human Rights Approach to Protecting and Providing Clean Water
Chapter 5: Human Rights, Barriers to Change, and Radical Equality
About the Authors