Why Pompeo’s Commission on Unalienable Rights Is Wrong

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently unveiled the draft report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights (Commission). During the event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia (“a place intentionally chosen”, even if it is currently closed to the public), Secretary Pompeo gave a speech entitled “Unalienable Rights and the Securing of Freedom”.    “And it’s important – it’s important for every American, for every American diplomat, … Continue reading Why Pompeo’s Commission on Unalienable Rights Is Wrong

Asylum Seekers Continue to Push for Change Abroad

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Protesters carry a Burundian flag in Brujumbura, Burundi. Photo: Reuters/G. Tomasevic As a newly-initiated intern in The Advocates for Human Rights’ International Justice Program, I was unsure what to expect when I walked into my first official team meeting in May 2019. Despite this uncertainty, I quickly learned that me and my intern team’s responsibilities … Continue reading Asylum Seekers Continue to Push for Change Abroad

New Help for Volunteer Attorneys Representing Domestic Violence Survivors

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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

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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

International Women’s Day 2019: Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change

The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change. According to UN Women, this theme challenges us to think about how we can “advance gender equality and the empowerment of women.” This objective reflects that envisioned by Sustainable Development Goal 5, which recognizes that although discrimination against women and … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2019: Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change

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...it seems that the concept of freedom no longer has a consensus understanding among the American people.  What’s more, we have lost our ability to engage in debate, a cornerstone of a healthy democracy.  Until recently, I had not visited Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty.  Working with immigrants and asylum seekers has thus … Continue reading Freedom