“Why doesn’t she leave?”

Leslie Morgan Steiner, a Harvard graduate, journalist, and best selling author, met "Connor" on the New York City subway when she was 22.  He sat next to her on the train, and began "chatting her up." With his big apple cheeks and wheat-blond hair, he charmed her; he was sweet, funny, intelligent, and a Ivy … Continue reading “Why doesn’t she leave?”

Dennis McGuire’s Execution: A Real-Life — or Real-Death — Example of Cruel and Inhuman Punishment

Ohio officials put Dennis McGuire to death this week using a new two-drug combination that had never been tested. Ohio’s experiment with the new two-drug injection is a real-life — or real-death — example of what can go wrong when states are allowed to execute people using untested and dubious execution methods. In arguments prior … Continue reading Dennis McGuire’s Execution: A Real-Life — or Real-Death — Example of Cruel and Inhuman Punishment

The Advocates Leads Momentum in Mongolia to Keep Women Safe

The Advocates for Human Rights is in Mongolia this week to release a report and to lead presentations on that country’s efforts to combat domestic violence. One in three women in Mongolia was a victim of domestic violence in 2010, according to an estimate of the National Center Against Violence (NCAV), headquartered in Ulaabaatar, Mongolia. … Continue reading The Advocates Leads Momentum in Mongolia to Keep Women Safe

Morocco: Human Rights Violations Under Article 475

In Morocco, a 15 year old girl experienced constant harassment and threats from a 35 year old man in her town.  He waited for her each day outside of her school and on several occasions told her, “I will force you to marry me.”  One day, he abducted and raped her at knifepoint.  The victim … Continue reading Morocco: Human Rights Violations Under Article 475

Minnesota Anti-Trafficking Model Inspires Federal Legislation

Minnesota passed the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Act in 2011, laying the groundwork for a victim-centered response to sexually exploited children and those at risk of sexual exploitation. The Advocates for Human Rights knew when we drafted the Safe Harbor Act that it marked a sea change in how sexually exploited youth are … Continue reading Minnesota Anti-Trafficking Model Inspires Federal Legislation

Modern-Day Slavery: Human Trafficking

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human trafficking, including sex trafficking, is modern-day slavery, and now is the perfect time to address, speak out, and change attitudes and legislation surrounding human trafficking. The dialogue around sex trafficking is radically changing. In 2011 The Advocates led the effort to gain passage in the … Continue reading Modern-Day Slavery: Human Trafficking