Remote Volunteers Help NGOs Engage with the United Nations

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Civil society organizations play a crucial role in human rights monitoring at the United Nations. The mission of the United Nations – to monitor, protect, and advance human rights around the world – is best carried out when civil society actively participates. Non-governmental organizations, activists, and academics provide valuable information about human rights violations that … Continue reading Remote Volunteers Help NGOs Engage with the United Nations

A Volunteer Reflects

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Sydney Goggins, University of Minnesota Law Student and WATCH volunteer Going into a courtroom for the first time compared to re-entering a courtroom after a semester of law school are wildly different experiences. My first time in the courtroom was with WATCH, a court monitoring and judicial policy initiative of The Advocates For Human Rights, … Continue reading A Volunteer Reflects

Supreme Court’s Ramos Decision Brings Attention to the Relevance of International Human Rights Standards in Death Penalty Cases

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U.S. Supreme Court (image courtesy Wikimedia Commons) The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down provisions in Oregon and Louisiana law that allow a jury to convict someone of a crime without reaching a unanimous verdict. Ramos v. Louisiana brings attention to the importance of aligning death penalty practices in the United States with international human rights standards. The … Continue reading Supreme Court’s Ramos Decision Brings Attention to the Relevance of International Human Rights Standards in Death Penalty Cases

Volunteers Fight The Fight; Families Reunite

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A client of The Advocates For Human Rights reunited with her children after 7 years. During this time of coronavirus, we are bombarded with news of things going wrong, with too many stories of loved ones passing away alone, retirement savings lost, and doctors feeling overwhelmed without the resources they need. As immigration lawyers, we … Continue reading Volunteers Fight The Fight; Families Reunite

The Advocates For Human Rights Condemns President Trump’s Intention to Halt Immigration

On Monday The New York Times reported that President Trump said he would sign an executive order to temporarily halt immigration to the U.S. as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread. Trump campaigned on shutting down immigration. From 2017’s Muslim Ban to last month’s order to illegally turn back asylum seekers without a hearing the … Continue reading The Advocates For Human Rights Condemns President Trump’s Intention to Halt Immigration

Asylum Seekers Continue to Push for Change Abroad

Protesters carry a Burundian flag in Brujumbura, Burundi. Photo: Reuters/G. Tomasevic As a newly-initiated intern in The Advocates for Human Rights’ International Justice Program, I was unsure what to expect when I walked into my first official team meeting in May 2019. Despite this uncertainty, I quickly learned that me and my intern team’s responsibilities … Continue reading Asylum Seekers Continue to Push for Change Abroad