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

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

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

Remembering Our Friend and Advocate, Arvonne Fraser

"I was ready for the new women’s movement when it emerged and turned my talents and experience to it. Defying expectations, taking risks, and seeking what I could do beyond near horizons became my sport...It’s thrilling to imagine the possibilities that await my grandchildren—and you readers. This is my story. I wrote it to encourage … Continue reading Remembering Our Friend and Advocate, Arvonne Fraser