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Transcript of President Obama’s Address to the Nation on Immigration

Remarks of President Barack Obama Address to the Nation on Immigration The White House November 20, 2014 “My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration. “For more … Continue reading

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Don’t Put Mothers and Their Children in Prison

Today’s Twitter feed is abuzz with the news that the White House intends to announce administrative action for some of the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented Americans. While the contours … Continue reading

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Déjà Vu All Over Again

This morning I opened my e-mail to a string of comments relating to an ad in City Pages, our local Voice Media Group publication. “Outrageous.” “Sickening and repulsive.” “Disgusting.” Of … Continue reading

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Advocating for the Rights of Children in Ethiopia

During the week of September 22, the International Oromo Youth Association’s (IOYA) president, vice president, and I were in Geneva—invited there to meet with the UN Committee on the Rights … Continue reading

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Building Momentum in Geneva with the Oromo Diaspora

This fall was a busy time for advocacy at the United Nations on human rights in Ethiopia. It was also a great time to see The Advocates for Human Rights’ … Continue reading

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The NFL and the Sad Lessons of Ray Rice

During this evening’s “Thursday Night Football,” the NFL is unveiling the first of a series of public service announcements denouncing domestic violence and sexual assault. While the PSAs are a … Continue reading

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Set Standards to End Workplace Gender-based Violence

The Advocates for Human Rights and 30 other organizations sent the following letter to the United States Council for International Business. Recipients include Ronnie Goldberg executive vice president, United States … Continue reading

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New Sanctury Movement Challenges Consciences

Beatriz Ramirez and her two young children moved into Chicago’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in September. Rosa Robles Loreto has lived in Tucson’s Southside Presbyterian Church since August. In … Continue reading

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Reeva’s real killer: It started with a gun

While legal experts and the public attempt to make sense of the Oscar Pistorius trial verdict, the killing of Reeva Steenkamp has drawn attention to another type of evidence – … Continue reading

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Hold Modi Accountable

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his first official visit to the United States, a trip he was prohibited from making until recently. The U.S. government had previously refused to … Continue reading

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Thank you, Emma Watson

I have never written a blog post before. I don’t consider myself to be a political person. I have never marched in a protest. I have never even voted in … Continue reading

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Too Young to Wed

  I’m traveling to Geneva next week along with representatives of the International Oromo Youth Association to meet with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to … Continue reading

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The Economist Is Just Plain Wrong

An editorial from The Economist, “Prostitution and the internet: More bang for your buck,” contends that the internet offers the solution to the social ills associated with prostitution. Despite the … Continue reading

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Lessons from Nicaragua

              This post is part of a series that delves into the plight of the Central American children and families fleeing violence in Central … Continue reading

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U.S. Asylum Policy Founded on Politics, Not Humanitarianism

              This post is part of a series delving into the plight of the Central American children and families fleeing violence in Central America. … Continue reading

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“They return just to die”

              This post is part of a series delving into the plight of the Central American children and families fleeing violence in Central America. … Continue reading

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Not as Easy as “A-B-C”

This post is the third in a series that delves into the plight of the Central American children and families fleeing violence in Central America. The series will examine the … Continue reading

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Making an Example Out of the Most Vulnerable

              This post is the second in a series that will delve into the plight of the Central American children and families fleeing violence … Continue reading

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The Unholy Trinity Chasing Central America’s Fleeing Children

This post is the first in a series that will delve into the plight of the Central American children and families fleeing violence in Central America. The series will examine … Continue reading

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back for LGBTI Rights in Africa

Today, the Ugandan Constitutional Court struck down that country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, which had been signed into law in February of this year. And earlier this summer, the African Commission on … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Take a Stand

It’s time to stand for welcome and to raise your voice to meet the critical needs of children and families seeking refuge. Your voice is needed to ensure that children … Continue reading

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Execution in Arizona Takes 2 Hours

“‘Joe Wood is dead, but it took him two hours to die,’” Troy Hayden of Phoenix’s KSAZ-TV and an eyewitness to the execution of Joe Wood was quoted as saying … Continue reading

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“Bring Back the Firing Squad”

“If we, as a society, cannot stomach the splatter from an execution carried out by firing squad, then we shouldn’t be carrying out executions at all,” wrote Ninth Circuit Court … Continue reading

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If we fail them, “their hell will increasingly become our own”

“. . . [T]wo superpowers — the United States and the Soviet Union — chose our region [Central America] as a place to work out their disputes. They were eager … Continue reading

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Taking Stock of U.S. Involvement in Central America

“Today, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are horrifyingly dangerous places. Children are fleeing. The response from much of Congress and the tea party has been to argue for the repeal … Continue reading

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We Should Be Better than This

“This is not the best face of a great nation. This is the underside of a great stone, which when lifted sends creepy things slithering in all directions. We are … Continue reading

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A Nation of Immigrants Turns Its Back

Don’t call hundreds of thousands of people a “border crisis” and a “problem.” Start realizing that they’re refugees, whether officially stamped or not. I’ve never been crazy about the Fourth … Continue reading

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“If you stay you will die, if you leave, you might…either way it’s better to try”

Basic Facts about Plight of Central American Children Why are so many unaccompanied children and mothers with children coming to the U.S.? Why the sudden surge? Who/what created the problem? … Continue reading

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Crisis at the border: We must ensure humanitarian protections work and American values are upheld

While the impact of the refugee crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is being felt most dramatically in Texas, Arizona, and other southwestern states, we can expect it to affect us … Continue reading

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Resolving Refugee Crisis at Border Stymied by U.S. Policy

The United States’ response to the refugee crisis that has developed at the US-Mexico border endangers the human rights of thousands of migrants. At the current pace, an estimated 90,000 … Continue reading

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UN Special Procedures Urged to Visit Ethiopia to Investigate Crackdown on Oromo Protests

Today, The Advocates for Human Rights, along with Human Rights First, the International Oromo Youth Association, Oromia Support Group Australia, the Oromo Community of Minnesota, the Oromo Studies Association, and … Continue reading

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End “Tinkering with the machinery of death”

Harkening back to the 1800s, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill into law on May 22, 2014 that brings back the electric chair – a method of execution plainly … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Separates Families

A fractured U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that children who “age out” of certain immigration categories must move to the back of the line and reapply in a new … Continue reading

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Another County Takes the Right Step

Big news out of Hennepin County, Minnesota’s most populous county: Sheriff Rich Stanek and County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that Hennepin County will no longer honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s … Continue reading

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Outstanding Human Rights Defenders Being Honored at Awards Dinner, June 25

Five people are being honored at The Advocates for Human Rights’ 2014 Human Rights Award Dinner, being held Wednesday, June 25 at the Hilton Minneapolis.  These individuals are integral components in … Continue reading

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In on the Action and Supported by Lobbying in D.C.

With billions of dollars at stake under immigration reform legalizing undocumented immigrants (and reducing the number of people subject to detention), it should come as no surprise that Congress isn’t … Continue reading

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Ambo Protests: Going back

This account of events that took place during the second week of May in Ambo, Ethiopia, was originally posted on the blog Jen & Josh in Ethiopia: A Chronicle of … Continue reading

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Ambo Protests: Spying the Spy?

This account of events that took place in early May in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was originally posted on the blog Jen & Josh in Ethiopia: A Chronicle of Our Peace … Continue reading

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Ambo Protests: A Personal Account

This account of events in the Oromia town of Ambo–events which began exactly one month ago, on April 25–was originally posted on the blog Jen & Josh in Ethiopia: A … Continue reading

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Diaspora Speaks for Deliberately Silenced Oromos; Ethiopian Government Responds to UN Review

When students in Ethiopia started protesting last month against the Ethiopian Government’s proposal to annex territory from the state of Oromia to facilitate the expansion of the capital city Addis … Continue reading

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Raising My Voice to #BringBackOurGirls

  On Mother’s Day, I spoke at a local march and rally to show support for the nearly 300 school girls abducted a month ago in Nigeria. Here’s what I … Continue reading

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Take Notice: Nigeria Abductions Are Not an Anomaly

Like many other people, I am outraged by the April 14 abduction of hundreds of young girls from their school in northeastern Nigeria by the insurgent group Boko Haram. The … Continue reading

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Call Legislators Today; Move People Out of the Shadows

  Lack of access to a driver’s license forces many to hide in the shadows and steeps their every day lives in fear. We have an opportunity to make a … Continue reading

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“Little Oromia” Unites to Advocate for Justice and Human Rights in Ethiopia

Last Sunday afternoon, a steady stream of people poured into the Oromo Community of Minnesota’s meeting hall in St. Paul. They gathered for a forum to discuss how the Oromo … Continue reading

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Allegations of Sexual Assault of High School Student in Jail Not Surprising

Last month the Star Tribune reported that an 18-year-old high school student who was being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the Sherburne County Jail suffered repeated sexual assaults … Continue reading

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Ethiopian Government Faces Grilling at UN

Update: This blog post was updated on May 30, 2014, after the Armenian Mission to the UN in Geneva contacted The Advocates with the final, official version of the statement … Continue reading

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Oromo Diaspora Mobilizes to Shine Spotlight on Student Protests in Ethiopia

The Oromo Community of Minnesota hall was packed yesterday afternoon. Twice we scooted our chairs forward to make room for the crowds at the back; our knees were pressed up … Continue reading

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Rise for Our Sisters in Nigeria

On the night of April 14, dozens of armed men showed up at the dormitory of the Government Girls Secondary school in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria.  Dressed in Nigerian military uniforms, … Continue reading

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Nightmare for Nigeria’s School Girls

On the night of April 14, dozens of armed men showed up at the dormitory of the Government Girls Secondary school in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria.  Dressed in Nigerian military uniforms, … Continue reading

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