Pho sets the table to celebrate immigrant communities: A call for recipes

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Photo credit: Dai Huynh Pull up a chair, to join Loan and Dai Huynh at their kitchen table, where Phở (Pho) defines Vietnam like no other dish. Take in their recipe, spiced by star anise and cinnamon, providing depth and dimension through fresh chicken and broth. Then take out your pen, to share with us your … Continue reading Pho sets the table to celebrate immigrant communities: A call for recipes

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies: A 2021 Don & Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award Winner

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The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS) at UC Hastings College of the Law protects human rights by working in the intersections of gender and migration. Karen Musalo, the founding director of GGRS, served as the lead attorney in Matter of Kasinga. In this groundbreaking 1996 legal victory, she won protection for Fauziya Kassindja, a young woman from Togo. Ms. Kassindja had fled to the United States to escape female genital mutilation (FGM) and … Continue reading The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies: A 2021 Don & Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award Winner

Sentencing Derek Chauvin: The Rule of Law Should Control

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After the guilty verdicts in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin, the next court proceeding will be the sentencing hearing. Judge Peter Cahill will determine what criminal penalty is appropriate for Chauvin’s murder of George Floyd.   In documents filed May 12, 2021, Judge Cahill announced his conclusion that Derek Chauvin’s actions support four aggravating sentencing factors in causing the death of George Floyd. Many are demanding and … Continue reading Sentencing Derek Chauvin: The Rule of Law Should Control

Researching the Impact of COVID-19 on Domestic Violence: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World

Credit: UN Women/Yihui Yuan. The COVID-19 pandemic has acted like an X-ray on society, revealing flaws in a system that has been perpetuating public health inequalities on a global and national scale. Women leaders have led the charge this past year fighting the many disparities and social inequalities COVID-19 has brought to our attention. With … Continue reading Researching the Impact of COVID-19 on Domestic Violence: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World

The Concerns Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) Pose to Free Speech

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NGOs and human rights defenders are increasingly found as the targets of a new strategy designed to limit the speech of those with less power or resources. Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) refers to a process by which litigants target the defendants with what are usually frivolous defamation lawsuits. Although anti-SLAPP statutes, such as measures that provide for early dismissal of frivolous suits, can provide some safeguards against SLAPPs, many jurisdictions have yet to implement such statutes. SLAPPs also pose … Continue reading The Concerns Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) Pose to Free Speech

Human Rights at the State Capitol: Budgets

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Budgets. Human rights might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear this word, but respecting, protecting, and fulfilling human rights requires financial resources. Budgets are more than financial statements – they're statements of values and priorities. Budgets that fund activities with a positive impact on the exercise of rights can turn our values into reality.   Last week, the Minnesota Legislature began to hear details of the Governor’s budget recommendations. For example, the … Continue reading Human Rights at the State Capitol: Budgets