6 Reasons I’m Hopeful for 2016

As I reflect on 2015, I'm surprised at the optimism I feel. After all, things aren't exactly great out there: at least 979 people have been shot dead by police in the United States this year; 1 in 3 women worldwide still experience physical or sexual violence; and an estimated 60 million men, women, and … Continue reading 6 Reasons I’m Hopeful for 2016

Stand Up, Speak Out When It Comes to Hate Speech

It has been a week since the Star Tribune published my colleague Deepinder Mayell’s op-ed about his experience with hate speech at a Vikings game. The article prompted many people to come forward in support of Deepinder, in support of refugees, and in support of human rights. They told their stories and discussed how unsettling … Continue reading Stand Up, Speak Out When It Comes to Hate Speech

One step forward, two steps back characterizes the “protection” of women in Ethiopia

Sixteen-year-old Hanna Lalango was kidnapped as she was returning home from school on October 1, 2014. Her kidnappers gang raped her for several days before throwing her out on a street where, later, she was found unconscious. Hanna’s parents sought the best medical care they could afford to save her life. Unfortunately, she passed away on … Continue reading One step forward, two steps back characterizes the “protection” of women in Ethiopia

Activities for Human Rights Day 2015

Each year on December 10, people all around the world celebrate Human Rights Day.   The date was chosen to honor the United Nations General Assembly's adoption on 10 December 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global statement of international human rights principles. This year's Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign … Continue reading Activities for Human Rights Day 2015

My run-in with hate speech at a Minnesota Vikings game

    The following opinion editorial written by The Advocates for Human Rights’ Refugee and Immigrant Program Director Deepinder Mayell was published in the December 9 Star Tribune.     It was my first Minnesota Vikings game and my first NFL game. I am not new to football, though. As an undergrad at Boston College, … Continue reading My run-in with hate speech at a Minnesota Vikings game

Adopting domestic violence laws isn’t enough

At the 30th Session of the Human Rights Council, held October 1, 2015, The Advocates for Human Rights delivered the following statement on its model for using legal reform to protect women from domestic violence. Below is video of The Advocates’ volunteer Dr. William Lohman delivering the statement at the United Nations in Geneva. #16Days … Continue reading Adopting domestic violence laws isn’t enough