Execution in Arizona Takes 2 Hours

“‘Joe Wood is dead, but it took him two hours to die,’” Troy Hayden of Phoenix’s KSAZ-TV and an eyewitness to the execution of Joe Wood was quoted as saying in a July 23 NPR story. “‘And to watch a man lay there for an hour and 40 minutes gulping air, I can liken it … Continue reading Execution in Arizona Takes 2 Hours

A Deeper Look at Asylum “Fraud”

Today, rather than considering whether American compassion is being taken advantage of by nefarious asylum seekers exploiting holes in our country’s immigration system, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee should ask whether our asylum system ensures that everyone who seeks asylum on our shores is met with a “strong asylum system that adjudicates cases in a … Continue reading A Deeper Look at Asylum “Fraud”

Morocco: Human Rights Violations Under Article 475

In Morocco, a 15 year old girl experienced constant harassment and threats from a 35 year old man in her town.  He waited for her each day outside of her school and on several occasions told her, “I will force you to marry me.”  One day, he abducted and raped her at knifepoint.  The victim … Continue reading Morocco: Human Rights Violations Under Article 475

Minnesota Anti-Trafficking Model Inspires Federal Legislation

Minnesota passed the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Act in 2011, laying the groundwork for a victim-centered response to sexually exploited children and those at risk of sexual exploitation. The Advocates for Human Rights knew when we drafted the Safe Harbor Act that it marked a sea change in how sexually exploited youth are … Continue reading Minnesota Anti-Trafficking Model Inspires Federal Legislation

Modern-Day Slavery: Human Trafficking

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human trafficking, including sex trafficking, is modern-day slavery, and now is the perfect time to address, speak out, and change attitudes and legislation surrounding human trafficking. The dialogue around sex trafficking is radically changing. In 2011 The Advocates led the effort to gain passage in the … Continue reading Modern-Day Slavery: Human Trafficking

Recent Anti-LGBTI Laws Violate Human Rights

Anti-LGBTI laws passed last week by the governments of Nigeria and Uganda threaten the lives and human rights of people living, working, and visiting those countries. Not only are the lives of LGBTI persons at stake, but their friends, family, teachers, colleagues, health practitioners, and human rights defenders could face fines or imprisonment for failure … Continue reading Recent Anti-LGBTI Laws Violate Human Rights