New Year, Renewed Hope

Featured

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

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

Featured

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

Updates – Supporting Victim/Survivors of Domestic Violence during the COVID-19 Pandemic

What's New? The following article provides updates to our previous blog published March 26, 2020. On April 30, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-48, which extended the Stay Home Order until May 18. The order is intended to continue to slow the spread of the virus, while allowing some people to return to work. … Continue reading Updates – Supporting Victim/Survivors of Domestic Violence during the COVID-19 Pandemic

A Volunteer Reflects

Featured

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

A Global Look at COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

Featured

The Advocates is taking action to respond to increased domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our social media about the impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence in countries around the world.  Across the world, agencies are seeing an uptick in domestic violence cases as stay-at-home and limited movement orders have been put in place … Continue reading A Global Look at COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

Following Harvey Weinstein’s Sentencing, the message to the Rest of the World’s Prosecutors: “Just Try It!”

Featured

Women’s human rights defenders are celebrating an overdue breakthrough in prosecuting sexual assault and harassment. Former film producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced in New York to 23 years in prison on Wednesday, March 11 for his two sexual assault convictions.  He faces additional charges in Los Angeles.  Many who work against sexual violence see a … Continue reading Following Harvey Weinstein’s Sentencing, the message to the Rest of the World’s Prosecutors: “Just Try It!”