HILSC organization, IDEA Relief, is leading efforts to bring the first annual Human Rights Day Festival to Houston on December 5th from 1-5pm at Discovery Green Park.

Event Background

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10th 1948, representing an international commitment to guarantee basic rights for individuals and prevent future atrocities such as those seen in World War II. In 1950, the UN General Assembly designated December 10th as an annual celebration of Human Rights Day to raise awareness about human rights and promote the Declaration as a common standard for all people and nations.

As a cosmopolitan city and a leader in a number of industries, Houston affords a wide range of rights to its citizens that benefit the community as a whole. In 2015, Houston will join major cities around the globe in Human Rights Day festivities, bringing together community partners to support and celebrate the rights that unite people in Houston and around the world.

About the Event

The first Houston Human Rights Day will take place on December 5th, 2015, co-hosted by The City of Houston, Rice University, IEDA Relief, and Youth for Human Rights. It is envisioned as an educational and fun community experience for all ages that gives participants the opportunity to familiarize themselves with human rights and relevant local, national and international initiatives. The event will feature contributions from local government bodies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, businesses and other community leaders to engage a wide audience in raising awareness about human rights.

Event Themes

  • Recognize and celebrate the rights that people and organizations in Houston enjoy, and the history behind these rights.
  • Raise awareness of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, human rights in the US and around the world, and relevant work carried out by local organizations and individuals.
  • Engage participants in activities relevant to human rights issues in Houston and beyond.
  • Show the world that Houston is a leader in celebrating human rights and educating the community on human rights topics.

More information about this event coming soon.


United We Dream released “A Portrait of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Recipients: Challenges and Opportunities Three Years Later”, a survey first featured on Vox, of more than 1,750 immigrant youth with DACA.

In 2012, after a campaign led by immigrant youth, President Obama announced DACA, a program that currently protects more than 700,000 people from deportation and provides them 2-year, renewable work permits.

This survey is one of the largest of its kind, and it takes an in-depth look at life with DACA. The results show that DACA recipients have made great strides and are often the bedrock of economic and social support for their families. They do this while still struggling to find economic opportunities and the tools and information they need to navigate health care, workforce, financial, and educational institutions.

Among the key findings:

  • Over two-thirds of respondents help their family financially by paying rent and other bills.
  • Over 80 percent of survey respondents indicated that since DACA, they feel like they are more likely to achieve their career goals.
  • Nearly half of the respondents’ families rely on the DACA recipient for key information about immigration, healthcare, education, etc.
  • Nearly 70 percent of respondents did not have enough income to meet their monthly expenses or could just barely meet them.
  • Over 85 percent of respondents feel that they have been held back from their career goals because of their immigration status.

This is United We Dream’s second nationwide survey of immigrant youth and with its release, UWD is launching an ongoing research initiative on the lives and needs of immigrant youth and families.

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 55 local groups in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. UWD seeks to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believes that by empowering immigrant youth, it can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants.

Learn more about UWD at www.unitedwedream.org.