Out of the Mouths of The Advocates

When Human Rights expert Margo Waterval questioned the delegation from Croatia, I recognized her words; they came directly from The Advocates for Human Rights’ “one-pager.” Astonished, I turned around to look at Rosalyn Park, director of The Advocates' Women’s Human Rights Program; she knew those words, too. The look on her face probably mirrored mine. … Continue reading Out of the Mouths of The Advocates

Volunteer Relishes First-hand Experience Working at U.N.

A volunteer for human rights, or more accurately for The Advocates for Human Rights with whom I first became acquainted in the late 90's when I joined The Advocates to conduct domestic violence training for NGOs from Moldova, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Armenia. Soon after, I teamed with The Advocates' staff and an Armenian NGO to … Continue reading Volunteer Relishes First-hand Experience Working at U.N.

The Answer to Preventing Atrocities: Human Rights Education

If you ever wonder what you can do about human rights violations taking place in your community or around the world, I challenge you – on this World Day of Social Justice – to read the powerful message of Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, spoken recently at Washington, D.C.'s … Continue reading The Answer to Preventing Atrocities: Human Rights Education

2014’s Lesson: Take Action. Lives Depend on It.

December has been a terrible month for human rights—from the U.S. Senate’s report confirming the use of torture, to the slaughter of Pakastani school children, to two grand jury decisions not to indict police officers for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Overall, 2014 has been an extremely troubling year. Some human rights … Continue reading 2014’s Lesson: Take Action. Lives Depend on It.

Thank you, Emma Watson

I have never written a blog post before. I don’t consider myself to be a political person. I have never marched in a protest. I have never even voted in an election. All of this might make me seem apathetic, but it is only because I am just 13 years old. Emma Watson’s recent speech … Continue reading Thank you, Emma Watson

U.S. Asylum Policy Founded on Politics, Not Humanitarianism

This post is part of a series delving into the plight of the Central American children and families fleeing violence in Central America. The series will examine the historical context of the crisis, challenges that refugees face, international human rights obligations, and costs of a response. United States' hypocrisy and its pick-and-choose humanitarianism is pointed … Continue reading U.S. Asylum Policy Founded on Politics, Not Humanitarianism