Anti-LGBTI Discrimination Harms Efforts to Fight HIV/AIDS

  I went to Mwananyamala Hospital (a government facility) for HIV testing. During the pre-counseling, I came out as gay to the health staff (counselor) and immediately he condemned me saying that it was my fault to catch the virus because of my behavior of practicing anal sex. The counselor used abusive words and told … Continue reading Anti-LGBTI Discrimination Harms Efforts to Fight HIV/AIDS

Pamela Wandzel: “Right here at home”

People outside of my job often ask me what exactly it is I do for a living. When I respond with “I manage and develop pro bono opportunities for lawyers,” it often draws a blank stare. However, when I add “I herd cats and connect dots,” many people get this and start asking relevant questions. … Continue reading Pamela Wandzel: “Right here at home”

Slamming the door on refugees won’t make us more secure

The following opinion editorial written by The Advocates for Human Rights' executive director Robin Phillips was published in the November 20 Star Tribune. Ms. Phillips's o-ed responded to the Star Tribune's editorial, "Carefully extend help for Syrian refugees," November 18. While the Star Tribune Editorial Board’s recent support for a pause in U.S. refugee processing … Continue reading Slamming the door on refugees won’t make us more secure

Minneapolis Must Do Better

The United States committed itself – and all of us – to the elimination of racial discrimination and to taking effective measures to review national and local policies and amend, rescind or nullify any laws which have the effect of creating or perpetuating racial discrimination. We made this commitment not simply to end discrimination but … Continue reading Minneapolis Must Do Better

Here’s what to understand about refugee law & policy

I’ve been working as an attorney, primarily in immigration for 12 years. The overwhelming majority of the cases I handled have been asylum cases. I’ve taught a law school clinical practicum for eight years. I’ve spoken and trained attorneys and non-attorneys about asylum law and immigration, nationally and locally. I know the law and I … Continue reading Here’s what to understand about refugee law & policy

Scott Pelley: “Life is asking, ‘What’s the meaning of you?'”

Scott Pelley, anchoring the CBS Evening News for a third-straight night in Paris following Friday’s deadly Islamic terror attacks, concluded Wednesday’s broadcast with an emotional commentary. We share it here with you: "This week, parents looked at the questions on the faces of their children and did their best to make sense of the senseless. How … Continue reading Scott Pelley: “Life is asking, ‘What’s the meaning of you?'”