We believe that cities can lead the way to a more people-centered politics that will generate lasting solutions to deep-seated problems of structural racism, housing and food insecurity, gender discrimination, climate change, and other injustices. We call on community and municipal leaders, policy practitioners, and others ready to help make our cities places where everyone can thrive to join us in Atlanta May 18-21.


Human Rights Cities Leadership Summit in Atlanta Georgia-May 18-21, 2023

The Human Rights Cities Leadership Summit will take place in downtown Atlanta Georgia from May 18-21. Following the city’s recent passage of a resolution naming Atlanta the newest U.S. Human Rights City, Atlanta civil society and partners, along with supportive City Council members invite community activists, policy practitioners, legal experts, youth, and municipal leaders to come together to share ideas, lessons, and tools for promoting human rights in cities and communities. Now more than ever, cities need innovative ideas and strategies to address problems of affordable housing, community safety, climate change, racial and gender inequities, and reparatory justice. Learn how cities around the world are using international human rights law and institutions to shape local policies, with powerful impacts at the local level. Plenaries and breakout sessions will provide opportunities to learn, exchange and network. (Register at bit.ly/atlsummit23).


*Featured plenary speakers include: Leilani Farha, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing and Global Director, The Shift/Right to Housing & Justin Hansford, Member of the UN Permanent Forum on People of African Descent, Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard University

*Preliminary Schedule

*Breakout Session Topics


Co-hosts: The Human Rights Cities Alliance, Southern Center for Human Rights, Southern Poverty Law Center, Organization for Human Rights and Democracy, American Friends Service Committee-South Region, in cooperation with Atlanta civil society and supportive members of Atlanta City Council.


Sponsors & Supporters: Ronald J. Freeman Chapter of the Black Law Students Association at Georgia State University College of Law, (Others TBA)

*Sign up here for further information and updates: (bit.ly/atlsummit23). Email contact: hrcities1@mail.mayfirst.org   Website: ushumanrightscities.org




Pauline Tennent, PhD  (she/her/hers)

Manager, Centre for Human Rights Research 

442 Robson Hall

University of Manitoba

Winnipeg, MB  Canada R3T 2N2



Tel: 204.474.6156



The University of Manitoba campuses are located on the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.