Cameroon must act to protect its children from Boko Haram

During my time this summer as an intern at The Advocates for Human Rights, I’ve encountered many horror stories of human rights violations around the world. Yet none has shaken me more than the terrorist group Boko Haram’s new war tactic: kidnapping children and deploying them as suicide bombers. Since its uprising against the Nigerian … Continue reading Cameroon must act to protect its children from Boko Haram

The U.S. runs with a devil

You may never have heard of the Oromo people, the largest single ethnic group in Ethiopia. You might be surprised to learn that if you are a U.S. taxpayer, you are subsidizing their oppression. On Tuesday, April 19, a Congressional commission named the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission conducted a hearing on human rights conditions … Continue reading The U.S. runs with a devil

End the inhumane detention of refugee women and children

During National Week of Action, open your eyes to U.S. horrors As families across Minnesota prepare for the delights and frights of Halloween, a separate, hidden, and chilling reality exists in Texas, where more than 2,000 immigrant mothers and children are in for-profit detention facilities because they dared to flee to America to escape the … Continue reading End the inhumane detention of refugee women and children

Good Question

Will the United States step up and be a moral leader for the refugees fleeing Central America? Sonia Nazario, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and The Advocates' 2015 Human Rights Award recipient, asks this question in her news report on how the United States, according to Nazario, "has outsourced a refugee problem to Mexico that … Continue reading Good Question

No Matter Their Country, All Refugees Need Attention and Help

The photo of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi on a Turkish beach is an image we should never forget. Instead of romping on the resort beach, Aylan―in his red shirt and dark pants—lies lifeless, his face buried in the sand. Aylan; his brother, Galip; his mother, Rehan; and his father, Abdullah, had fled the violence in Syria, … Continue reading No Matter Their Country, All Refugees Need Attention and Help

You & I Can Give a Child a Bright Future

A week away from the start of my final year of high school, I am ready. My pencils are sharpened, ready to attack the loose-leaf paper in the three-ring binders waiting in my backpack. My textbooks are in the mail, I’m all signed up for the school bus, and I'm excited about receiving my school … Continue reading You & I Can Give a Child a Bright Future