The Role of Lawyers in Human Rights Advocacy Work

When I began law school, I knew that I would like to one day work in advocacy or human rights work, preferably in the space of international law. While I was aware of organizations like The Advocates for Human Rights where these kinds of legal positions were available, I did not really understand the role … Continue reading The Role of Lawyers in Human Rights Advocacy Work

Asylum Seeker Encourages Pro Bono Attorneys, “We Can Do It.”

Mrs. A and her husband with Professor Steve Meili and other members of the U of M legal team in November 2019 “We are not afraid anymore.” states Mrs. A, a client at The Advocates for Human Rights, who along with her husband and two children, recently received an asylum grant after four long years … Continue reading Asylum Seeker Encourages Pro Bono Attorneys, “We Can Do It.”

The Advocates for Human Rights Addresses Systemic Racism in US Policing Before Two UN Bodies

The flag of the United Nations In 2013, the UN General Assembly proclaimed the International Decade for Persons of African Descent, to be observed from 2015 to 2024. More than halfway through the Decade, little progress has been made toward addressing the systemic racism faced by people of African descent in the US and around the world. As … Continue reading The Advocates for Human Rights Addresses Systemic Racism in US Policing Before Two UN Bodies

Establishing the Death Penalty for Rape in Bangladesh Does Little to Protect Victims of Violence Against Women

16 Days of Activism - November 25 through Human Rights Day, December 10 This October, a wave of protests and rallies spread across Bangladesh following several high-profile sexual assaults. In response, Bangladesh amended the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act to allow the death penalty for rape. This response from the government does not protect women victims of sexual assault, but rather deters them … Continue reading Establishing the Death Penalty for Rape in Bangladesh Does Little to Protect Victims of Violence Against Women

Celebrating Human Rights Day: Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights

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. The UDHR was the first international document that spelled out the “basic civil, political, economic, social and … Continue reading Celebrating Human Rights Day: Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights

Live from Geneva: The United States Takes Center Stage

The Advocates' scorecard to track recommendations from the international community There may be a few reasons the world’s eyes are on the United States in recent days, but for three and a half hours on Monday, those eyes will be focusing not on election results, recounts, or infection rates, but on our country’s human rights … Continue reading Live from Geneva: The United States Takes Center Stage