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Advocates for Environmental Human Rights (“AEHR”) is a nonprofit, public interest law firm whose mission is to provide legal services, community organizing support, public education, and campaigns focused on defending and advancing the human right to a healthy environment, and advocating for the human rights of internally displaced Gulf Coast hurricane survivors.

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BP Oil Disaster 1 Year Anniversary Memorial Event April 20, 2011
April 19, 2011
 . . . Historic Fishing, Oyster Harvesting, and Shrimping Village to Memorialize the BP Oil Drilling Disaster in Plaquemines Parish with Marsh Grass Plantings and Mural – Diverse Gulf Communities Gather in Rememberance of the People and Communities Lost to the BP Disaster and Other Industrial Hazards.

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UN-appointed independent expert to study USA’s practices regarding the human right to water and sanitation
February 25, 2011
 . . . UN-appointed independent expert Catarina de Albuquerque will visit the United States of America from 22 February to 4 March 2011. During her first mission to the country, she will collect first hand information about the policies and practices of the Government with respect to the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, focusing on non-discrimination and good practices in overcoming challenges in the drinking water and sanitation sectors.

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US Government to Take on Human Rights Recommendations
November 9, 2010
 . . . In a first-time review of the United States Government’s human rights record, known as the Universal Periodic Review (“UPR”), over 200 recommendations for protecting human rights were presented to the US Government.
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Obama Administration to Hold First Human Rights Consultation in New Orleans
January 25, 2010
 . . . Members of the Obama Administration will travel to New Orleans to solicit information and recommendations regarding the US Government’s fulfillment of its obligation to protect human rights. New Orleans is the first of several cities where the administration will hold human rights consultation sessions with civil society.

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New Orleans Group’s Climate Change Advertisement in Copenhagen Newspaper Puts the Spotlight on the Gulf Region
December 16, 2009
 . . . For each of the three final days of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, AEHR is running a full page newspaper advertisement that focuses on the trauma of Hurricane Katrina and 10 steps that President Obama can take to protect the Gulf Region and other communities vulnerable to climate change. 

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AEHR Thanks President Obama for His Upcoming Visit to New Orleans & Urges A New Direction on Gulf Coast Recovery
October 12, 2009
 . . . President Obama will visit New Orleans on Thursday, October 15, 2009. “We are hopeful that President Obama’s visit will be the beginning of a new direction on Gulf Coast recovery that is rooted in human rights protections,” says AEHR Co-Director Nathalie Walker.

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New Report Highlights Unique Challenges to Census 2010 in the Gulf Coast
Monday, August 24, 2009 11:00 a.m. | Children’s Defense Fund-Louisiana, 1452 North Broad Street, New Orleans, LA . . . The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) will hold a press conference to release a new report, “Counting in the Wake of a Catastrophe: Challenges and Recommendations for the 2010 Census in the Gulf Coast Region.” The release of the report coincides with the four-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. 

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National Group of Investors to Examine the Environmental Impacts
of Industrial Corporations on Louisiana Communities

Friday, June 5, 2009 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | The bus tour will depart from the Loews Hotel at 300 Poydras Street and continue to Mossville, LA. . . . Advocates for Environmental Human Rights (“AEHR”) will host a fact-finding mission on environmental justice for the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility (“ICCR”), which is holding its annual conference in New Orleans the week of June 2 – 5, 2009.

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AEHR to Brief Congress on Innovations in Environmental & Health Policy
A Congressional Briefing Sponsored by U.S. Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD)
Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 12noon | Rayburn House Office Building – Room 2253, Washington, DC . . . The growing interest in moving our country towards a green economy is an important opportunity for Congress to not only work on legislation that supports sustainable technologies and job creation, but to also re-examine the effectiveness of the environmental regulatory system. A critical question for the 111th Congress is whether a green economy can be achieved with the current environmental regulatory system.

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