A Global Look at COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

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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

New Help for Volunteer Attorneys Representing Domestic Violence Survivors

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Imagine you suffered years of near daily physical, sexual, and psychological abuse from your husband in silence, knowing that every time you tried to escape, he found you and beat you worse for attempting to leave him. Imagine he told you that you were his property and your role as his wife was to serve … Continue reading New Help for Volunteer Attorneys Representing Domestic Violence Survivors

Risking it all for Human Rights

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Remarks from volunteer Gretchen Piper Collectively, we risked nothing in attending tonight’s event—in coming together to advocate for others. People around the world risk everything. In July, Julianne and I attended a conference in Zagreb, the capital and largest city in Croatia. The conference was called by The Advocates for Human Rights. We were part … Continue reading Risking it all for Human Rights

Absence of Justice for Women in Mexico

During my time interning with the International Justice Program at The Advocates for Human Rights, I conducted research on violence against women in Mexico. What I learned through my research represents one of the most troubling cases of human rights infringements, as the State condones impunity for perpetrators. In 2007, the government of Mexico passed … Continue reading Absence of Justice for Women in Mexico

Legislation: Is It Ever Enough?

In 1985, the Republic of Zambia ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. It was another 23 years before legislation was enacted in the form of the 2011 Anti-Gender-Based Violence Act.  Its Preamble bold declared it “An Act to provide for the protection of victims of gender-based violence,”  prompting … Continue reading Legislation: Is It Ever Enough?

Representing Women Seeking Asylum in the US: Gender-Based Persecution

In representing several women seeking asylum in the US based on gender-based persecution, I have learned a lot and had some of my most memorable experiences as a lawyer. “Nancy” is a woman from Guinea who was subjected to female genital mutilation at thirteen, and again at fourteen, and then the victim of persistent violence … Continue reading Representing Women Seeking Asylum in the US: Gender-Based Persecution