It is our pleasure to welcome Cindy Soohoo (left) as today's guest blogger. Cindy directs the U.S. Legal Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights. From 2001-2007, Cindy was the director of the Bringing Human Rights Home Project, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School and a supervising attorney for the law school's Human Rights Clinic. She has worked on U.S. human rights issues before U.N. human rights bodies, the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights and in domestic courts. Cindy is a founding Board Member for the U.S. Human Rights Network and is co-chair of the American Constitutional Society’s Working Group on International Law and the Constitution. She has written extensively on the right to health, social justice activism, and the domestic application of human rights norms. She is the co-editor of Bringing Human Rights Home (U. Penn. Press 2009) and a regular contributor to RH Reality Check blog, which is devoted to reproductive health issues. In her guest post below, Cindy discusses the relationship of the United States to social and economic rights, and issues a call for the Obama administration not only to talk, but also to act, in this area. Heartfelt welcome!