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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 3, 2012

Contact: Candace Coffman, 404-588-9761 x106, candace@ushrnetwork.org


US HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Ejim Dike, formerly Director of Human Rights Project at Urban Justice Center, starts tenure with national human rights organization

(ATLANTA, GA) - The US Human Rights Network (USHRN) today announced that Ejim Dike has been hired as the organization's new Executive Director. Following a comprehensive national search, the USHRN Board of Directors selected Ms. Dike both for her passion and experience in human rights activism, including more than 15 years of experience in human rights advocacy and social policy research, and for her long-time demonstrated commitment to the work of USHRN. Ms. Dike started on April 23, 2012. Ms. Dike joins USHRN after 10 years with the Urban Justice Center, most recently serving as the director of the Human Rights Project. During her tenure with the Urban Justice Center, Ms. Dike played a leading role in promoting human rights in the United States by focusing on training and education, local-level organizing, and advocating before international human rights bodies. Dike has remained an active member of USHRN since its founding in 2003, serving as a key leader for many USHRN human rights delegations to the United Nations and as a key advisor and partner on human rights education and training projects. Ms. Dike coordinated the participation of grassroots groups during the 2008 review of the U.S. government by the U.N. Committee on the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). The review, which required the U.S. government to submit a report on its compliance with the treaty, also accepted independent reports on U.S. compliance from civil society groups. Ms. Dike will lead USHRN efforts to inform the next ICERD review, which is expected in 2013. "The US Human Rights Network is at the forefront of the domestic human rights movement demanding structural change and accountability from our government," said Cynthia Soohoo, Chair of the USHRN Board of Directors. "We are confident that Ejim, with her experience and commitment to the Network, will be an effective leader who will ensure the organizations growth and success in the years to come." The US Human Rights Network, an Atlanta-based coalition of more than 300 member organizations, aspires to build a people-centered human rights movement in the U.S. that ensures domestic accountability to universal human rights standards, advance a human rights culture that puts those directly affected by human rights violations at the center, and connect the U.S. human rights movement with broader social justice advocacy throughout the country and human rights movements around the world. For more information on the USHRN, please visit www.ushrnetwork.org (Facebook: US Human Rights Network).
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