In the winter of 2004, Patrick Finnegan’s first-time volunteering with The Advocates as an interpreter was off to a rough start. “I managed to get myself into a fender bender on the way there,” Patrick remembers. “Worse, it was my error… The lawyer almost had to call for another interpreter.” Thankfully, he made it. The … Continue reading Once an Advocate, Always an Advocate: Patrick Finnegan
It’s that time of the year once again in the United States: absentee ballots are rolling in and voters are preparing to go to the polls. Some of us, even 20-somethings like me who are new to the grind, take participation in the democratic process for granted. As a child, I made the trek with … Continue reading Denying thousands the fundamental human right to vote puts democracy at stake
On Monday, October 10, the 14th World Day Against the Death Penalty will raise awareness of the application of the death penalty for terrorism-related offenses with the goal of reducing the use of the death penalty. The United States and 64 other countries allow people to be sentenced to death for terrorism-related offenses. The Advocates … Continue reading Death Penalty Under Scrutiny: Is State-Sanctioned Murder Constitutional?
The start of the school year and the recent conviction and sentencing of Owen Labrie to two years’ probation for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old make it particularly important to get out messages about sexual assault on campuses. In Labrie's case, the sentence is not justice. It does not hold him accountable. It does not send … Continue reading Building a Culture of Consent in High School
Twenty-six people―mostly children―were gunned down in Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twelve people were shot to death in a Colorado movie theater. Fourteen people slain in San Bernardino. Fifty-three people were ambushed in Orlando. Then there were the woman and four family members in Texas, shot and killed by her husband at their daughter’s birthday party; … Continue reading U.S. Supreme Court Stands Up for Domestic Violence Victims
Narges Mohammadi, vice chair of Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC) in Iran and currently imprisoned in Iran's Evin Prison, started a hunger strike on June 27, 2016. The date coincides with the 21st day of the month of Ramadan. Ms Mohammadi has written an emotional letter explaining her decision, the DHRC website reported. In … Continue reading Human rights defender in Iran starts hunger strike, demanding the right to call her children