Domestic Violence and Child Custody: Protecting the Best Interest of the Child

by Helen Rubenstein In the work that I do here at The Advocates, I often think about how hard it must be for the women who are trying to get out of an abusive relationship to put their children’s welfare in the hands of the court. These brave women have reason to worry, because when child … Continue reading Domestic Violence and Child Custody: Protecting the Best Interest of the Child

BATUMI, GEORGIA: Ending Violence Against Women

by Cheryl Thomas I am writing from Batumi, Georgia, where representatives from 15 countries have come together to acknowledge another milestone on the road to ending violence against women: Europe’s new Convention on Violence Against Women (the “Istanbul Convention”).  This groundbreaking treaty is a strong statement by the 47 Council of Europe that stopping violence … Continue reading BATUMI, GEORGIA: Ending Violence Against Women

Mike Farrell Inspires at annual Awards Dinner

Mike Farrell, human rights activist and noted M*A*S*H actor, received the Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award at The Advocates for Human Rights' 27th Annual Human Rights Awards Dinner. Farrell spoke with passion and humility as he reminded us of the important role we all play as human rights defenders and the duty we … Continue reading Mike Farrell Inspires at annual Awards Dinner

The Supreme Court in Arizona: Implications for Minnesota

by Michele Garnett McKenzie The Advocates for Human Rights celebrates the Supreme Court’s ruling in Arizona v. United States. The decision is a welcome disruption of the trend toward state immigration enforcement laws. The Court determined that federal law preempts three key provisions of Arizona’s state-level immigration law. In the process, the Court made clear … Continue reading The Supreme Court in Arizona: Implications for Minnesota