About Us

The HRP works to combat poverty in New York City by organizing grassroots allies to pressure local officials to comply with universal human rights standards, especially as they relate to equal access to employment, health, housing and food.

HRP has been at the forefront of the US human rights movement for over 15 years.

As HRP marks our 15th anniversary, we look forward to continuing to grow our institutional legacy of domestic human rights training, base building, and advocacy.

The chief vehicles HRP uses to create political pressure are:

  1. the grassroots coalition of economic and social activists we helped establish, known as the New York City Human Rights Initiative (NYCHRI)
  2. the annual report card that we release on the human rights and accountability performance of the City Council
  3. the annual Human Rights Institute we convene to provide grassroots allies with a forum for learning about the use of human rights standards, laws, and tools in advancing domestic reform efforts.


Attend our annual Human Rights Institute, where we convene grassroots allies with a forum for learning.

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Main Office

40 Rector Street, 9th Fl
New York, NY 10006

Telephone: 646.602.5600

Email: hrp@urbanjustice.org


M-F: 10:00AM-6:00PM

Please note: HRP does not provide any client services and is by appointment only.


The health and wellbeing of our staff and clients is of the utmost importance. While we deal with the effects of the coronavirus, our office will be closed. Our staff continues to work to serve our clients and communities, and can be contacted by email. Find out more information here. Ok