Our Work: Eradicating Violence Against Women

Kofi Annan said this when he was secretary-general of the United Nations: Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation. And, it is perhaps the most pervasive. It knows no boundaries of geography, culture or wealth. As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development … Continue reading Our Work: Eradicating Violence Against Women

The Government is Dragging Us Back Decades in the Protection of Women’s Human Rights

In my 25 years as a human rights advocate, I have learned that it is very difficult to be female in many parts of the world.  In spite of this reality, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is dragging us back decades in the protection of women’s human rights. His recent rejection of the decision in the … Continue reading The Government is Dragging Us Back Decades in the Protection of Women’s Human Rights

“Go Home & Work It Out With Your Husband”: Why Sessions’ Ruling On Asylum Is So Devastating for Women Fleeing Domestic Violence

Some years ago, before the United States recognized that domestic violence was grounds for asylum, I represented a woman who was seeking asylum due to years of brutal violence inflicted upon her by her husband and the failure of her government to protect her. "Ann" was a successful business person from East Africa who had experienced … Continue reading “Go Home & Work It Out With Your Husband”: Why Sessions’ Ruling On Asylum Is So Devastating for Women Fleeing Domestic Violence

“Zero-Tolerance” Policy, in Tearing Families Apart, is Inhumane and Illegal

As Father’s Day approaches, I keep thinking about one father in particular from Guatemala who is over 2,000 miles away from his 8-year-old daughter. Last week, that little girl told me about the day she was torn from her father’s arms at the border. In tears, they begged the Border Patrol officer to let them … Continue reading “Zero-Tolerance” Policy, in Tearing Families Apart, is Inhumane and Illegal

Welcome Home Blog Series: English-Speaking Cameroonians Work to Highlight Human Rights Abuses

Minnesota is home to a wide variety of immigrants who fled violence and oppression in their home countries, but some groups are better known than others. Roger Akembom, who has volunteered for The Advocates, wants to draw attention to some residents who have attracted little political or media attention: his fellow English-speakers from Cameroon, in … Continue reading Welcome Home Blog Series: English-Speaking Cameroonians Work to Highlight Human Rights Abuses

World Day Against Child Labour

Young children in developing and conflict-ridden nations remain the most economically, socially, and politically marginalized individuals on this planet.  These children are often forced to work at the expense of getting any sort of formal education. June 12 is the annual World Day Against Child Labour.  The goal of this initiative is to "shine a … Continue reading World Day Against Child Labour