New Year, Renewed Hope

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In ancient Roman religion and myth, the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, frames, and ending is known as Janus. Janus is typically depicted as having two faces, looking to the future and to the past.   Janus, or what Janus represents, is no doubt on the minds of many as we close out one year and begin another. As we reflect on the … Continue reading New Year, Renewed Hope

New Curriculum Uses Personal Stories to Teach Immigration

Spurred by the current public rhetoric around immigration, teachers have been reaching out to The Advocates for Human Rights for resources that help their students understand how and why people immigrate to the United States and what they experience once they arrive. The Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) collects personal narratives by contemporary immigrants and … Continue reading New Curriculum Uses Personal Stories to Teach Immigration

India’s failure to protect religious minorities

India is the world’s largest democracy and a pluralistic melting pot of different religions, cultures, and languages. Yet there has been an alarming rise in discrimination and violence against religious minorities in India. The Advocates for Human Rights, along with our partner organizations, went to the United Nations Human Rights Council to raise our concerns … Continue reading India’s failure to protect religious minorities

President Trump’s Executive Order Harms the U.S. & Refugees

I have worked with refugees and asylum seekers since 1991. I cannot even tell you how many I have had the privilege to represent, and I believe that I have only encountered two cases of fraud in more than 20 years. I have never encountered even a single client with any links to terrorism. The refugees and … Continue reading President Trump’s Executive Order Harms the U.S. & Refugees

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

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