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

Racism and Sexism in the Atlanta shootings: Must It Be An Either/Or?

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The recent shootings in Atlanta reveal what happens when racism and misogyny converge in tragedy. We often see only one issue (racism) while ignoring the other (misogyny). Yet the murder of women because they are women, known as femicides, is rampant. Every hour, six women are murdered by a man somewhere in the world. In the United States, an estimated 1,840 women were murdered by men and boys in 2018. And in Georgia, 74 women were killed by men during that same year. Despite the sky-high numbers, we don’t read … Continue reading Racism and Sexism in the Atlanta shootings: Must It Be An Either/Or?

The Advocates Welcomes First Steps, Calls for Sustained Commitment to Human Rights

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As the United States transitions to a new administration, The Advocates for Human Rights looks forward to a renewed commitment to human rights in our domestic and foreign policy. Human rights standards provide a foundation to ensure that policy making is just, fair, and respects human dignity.  Topping the list, we welcome the end of … Continue reading The Advocates Welcomes First Steps, Calls for Sustained Commitment to Human Rights

A Global Look at COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

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

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

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