Volunteering with The Advocates for Human Rights

Why should you volunteer with The Advocates? The Advocates for Human Rights is an organization dedicated to helping refugees and immigrants, women, ethnic and religious minorities, children, and other marginalized communities. For more than thirty years The Advocates have been able to change lives through investigating and exposing human rights violations; representing people who are … Continue reading Volunteering with The Advocates for Human Rights

Using Theatre to Discuss Immigration with Children

I Come from Arizona — a currently running Children’s Theatre Company production that is creating bridges for discussion. When I was a child, I grew up on the East side of St. Paul. I lived in an old neighborhood that was home to people of diverse races, economic classes, sexual orientations, and religions. My own … Continue reading Using Theatre to Discuss Immigration with Children

Representing Women Seeking Asylum in the US: Gender-Based Persecution

In representing several women seeking asylum in the US based on gender-based persecution, I have learned a lot and had some of my most memorable experiences as a lawyer. “Nancy” is a woman from Guinea who was subjected to female genital mutilation at thirteen, and again at fourteen, and then the victim of persistent violence … Continue reading Representing Women Seeking Asylum in the US: Gender-Based Persecution

Dignity for All: World Day Against the Death Penalty highlights detention conditions on death row

“The best way to ensure someone does not leave prison is to make him into the person he was prosecuted as.” – Damon Thibodeaux, exoneree who spent 15 years on Louisiana’s death row Imagine living in a 8 by 10 foot room with a steel or concrete slab for a bed.  The door is solid … Continue reading Dignity for All: World Day Against the Death Penalty highlights detention conditions on death row

Remembering and Honoring Our Remarkable Friend and Advocate, Marlene Kayser

    “My travels with The Advocates began with a trip to Beijing, China, in 1995, for the United Nations' Fourth World Conference on Women. Experiencing the hope, beauty, determination, and power of the women there inspired me. I came home committed to work even harder for women's rights.” – Marlene Kayser       … Continue reading Remembering and Honoring Our Remarkable Friend and Advocate, Marlene Kayser

Protecting Victims: The Only Way to End Human Trafficking

This past August 8th, several black SUVs sped into Christensen Farms in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, blocking the entrances. As the car doors opened, dozens of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents emerged and surrounded the offices. It was the culmination of a 15-month long investigation and they’d come to arrest people suspected of a criminal … Continue reading Protecting Victims: The Only Way to End Human Trafficking