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  Defending and Advancing the Human Right to a Healthy Environment
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Defending and Advancing the Human Right to a Healthy Environment
•Human Rights Abuses Against Communities of Color & the Poor
•US Environmental Law vs. Environmental Human Rights Standards
•Human Rights Reform of the US Environmental Protection System
•Healthy Environment Bill of Rights


Across the United States, people of color and poor communities have been subjected to toxic pollution and other environmental hazards in the places where we live, work, and play.  The U.S. government has established a complex environmental regulatory system that facilitates and perpetuates environmental racism and injustice.  By permitting toxic and hazardous facilities to operate in close proximity to people of color and poor communities, the U.S. government prioritizes the economic interests of polluting industries above the protection of the fundamental human rights to life, health, racial equality, and security of one’s home. 

AEHR advocates for what is at the heart of the struggle for environmental justice – the protection of life, health, and racial equality – by applying human rights laws to remedy governmental systems that subject communities, especially communities of color, to severely toxic environments. 


Advocates for Environmental Human Rights

832 Topaz Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70124-3628
Tel. 504.799.3060
Fax 504.799.3061

Campaign & Policy Office:
1730 M Street, NW, Suite 412
Washington, DC 20036
Tel. 202-775-0055
Fax 202-293-7110

Monique Harden
Co-Director & Attorney

Nathalie Walker
Co-Director & Attorney

Michele Roberts
Campaign & Policy Coordinator