“All our SPCS family r safe…”

"All our SPCS family r safe ..." This was the message I received from Anoop Poudel, headmaster at the Sankhu-Palubari Community School (SPCS), on Monday night. We had been desperately trying to reach Anoop and others connected with SPCS since the 7.8 earthquake devastated Nepal on Saturday, April 25.  Our concern grew as the death toll … Continue reading “All our SPCS family r safe…”

Leading by Example? The International Impact of Marriage Equality Ruling

*This post, written by Amy Bergquist, a staff attorney with The Advocates for Human Rights, is part of American Constitution Society's blog’s symposium on the consolidated marriage equality cases before the Supreme Court. A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court recognizing a right to marriage equality would make headlines around the world, but the implications … Continue reading Leading by Example? The International Impact of Marriage Equality Ruling

Migration Not Border Security Problem; People Like Us Face Perilous Choices

The capsize of a ship overloaded with migrants seeking to cross the Mediterranean has galvanized attention on what The New York Times characterizes as a surge in refugees from throughout the Middle East and North Africa. With, as The Times reports, “about 17 times as many refugee deaths in the Mediterranean Sea from January to … Continue reading Migration Not Border Security Problem; People Like Us Face Perilous Choices

“The Advocates for Human Rights, You Have The Floor…”

http://youtu.be/1cj_PVBqRDg The location is Geneva, Switzerland, on the floor of the United Nations Human Rights Council in the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room at the Palais des Nations. I have pushed the large button on the microphone unit in front of me. The red disc around my microphone has begun to glow, signifying … Continue reading “The Advocates for Human Rights, You Have The Floor…”

Is It Just a Piece of Paper that Makes Someone an American?

Jose Antonio Vargas painted a stark picture of what it means to live life as an undocumented immigrant when he spoke to a packed crowd at Tuesday's “Out of the Shadows Immigration Symposium.” “One of the biggest ironies about being undocumented in this country is knowing that your life is limited by a piece of … Continue reading Is It Just a Piece of Paper that Makes Someone an American?

Out of the Mouths of The Advocates

When Human Rights expert Margo Waterval questioned the delegation from Croatia, I recognized her words; they came directly from The Advocates for Human Rights’ “one-pager.” Astonished, I turned around to look at Rosalyn Park, director of The Advocates' Women’s Human Rights Program; she knew those words, too. The look on her face probably mirrored mine. … Continue reading Out of the Mouths of The Advocates