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 children will arrive at the southern border by the end of 2014.[1] Many of these children have endured long, extremely dangerous journeys that involve the … Continue reading Resolving Refugee Crisis at Border Stymied by U.S. Policy

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 World Without Genocide at William Mitchell College of Law, sent a letter to six of the United Nations' special procedure mandate-holders, urging them to request … Continue reading UN Special Procedures Urged to Visit Ethiopia to Investigate Crackdown on Oromo Protests

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 fraught with error and considerable suffering. The new law allows Tennessee to electrocute death row inmates if the state is unable to obtain lethal injection … Continue reading End “Tinkering with the machinery of death”

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 visa category, despite a federal law intended to protect such children. The ruling flies in the face of real life―U.S. immigration system's delays are so … Continue reading Supreme Court Separates Families

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 (ICE) requests to detain people. Hennepin County joins Ramsey County, its next-door neighbor, which instituted a similar policy in May. ICE makes a detainer request … Continue reading Another County Takes the Right Step

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 The Advocates’ mission of advancing human rights here at home and around the world. Marilyn Carlson Nelson will receive The Advocates’ 2014 Don and Arvonne … Continue reading Outstanding Human Rights Defenders Being Honored at Awards Dinner, June 25