Kathy Lenzmeier: Honoring the First Recipient of the Marlene Kayser Volunteer Award

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Kathy Lenzmeier, The Advocates' Marlene Kayser Volunteer Award Recipient Kathy Lenzmeier, a longtime volunteer and former board member of The Advocates for Human Rights, is the first recipient of the Marlene Kayser Volunteer Award. The award was created as a legacy to Marlene and honors individuals who represent the gold standard of excellence in volunteerism, … Continue reading Kathy Lenzmeier: Honoring the First Recipient of the Marlene Kayser Volunteer Award

The Advocates For Human Rights Condemns President Trump’s Intention to Halt Immigration

On Monday The New York Times reported that President Trump said he would sign an executive order to temporarily halt immigration to the U.S. as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread. Trump campaigned on shutting down immigration. From 2017’s Muslim Ban to last month’s order to illegally turn back asylum seekers without a hearing the … Continue reading The Advocates For Human Rights Condemns President Trump’s Intention to Halt Immigration

Trick or Treat? The True Cost of Chocolate

While my son is getting ready to head out tonight to harvest Halloween candy, excited by the chance to lug a pillowcase full of chocolate bars around the neighborhood,I’ve been thinking about the children who harvest the cocoa that goes into the chocolate in his bag. Because while he finds an evening of hauling candy … Continue reading Trick or Treat? The True Cost of Chocolate

Serious Concerns About Lack of Access to Counsel for Asylum Seekers

U.S. Senator Al Franken has called on Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to ensure access to counsel for asylum seekers held in family detention centers. Joined by 18 Senate colleagues, Sen. Franken raises serious concerns regarding reports that U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) is interfering with the ability of asylum-seeking mothers and children … Continue reading Serious Concerns About Lack of Access to Counsel for Asylum Seekers

“The Advocates for Human Rights, You Have The Floor…”

http://youtu.be/1cj_PVBqRDg The location is Geneva, Switzerland, on the floor of the United Nations Human Rights Council in the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room at the Palais des Nations. I have pushed the large button on the microphone unit in front of me. The red disc around my microphone has begun to glow, signifying … Continue reading “The Advocates for Human Rights, You Have The Floor…”

Human Rights Tools for a Changing World

The Advocates for Human Rights' Executive Director Robin Phillips is in London today speaking about The Advocates' human rights monitoring work at the International Bar Association's colloquium on "Rule of Law Fact-Finding by NGOs: Monitoring Standards and Maximising Impact". This international convening to explore the standards and impact of non-governmental organization (NGO) fact-finding on human rights … Continue reading Human Rights Tools for a Changing World