Stopping private prison profiteering in Minnesota

They are not building these prisons to stay empty,” Reverend Ovester Armstrong, Jr. told protesters at the Minnesota State Office Building on March 22. “They are building these prisons to fill them up.” Inside, the House Public Safety Committee held hearings on re-opening a private prison in Appleton. The private prison is owned by the … Continue reading Stopping private prison profiteering in Minnesota

My run-in with hate speech at a Minnesota Vikings game

    The following opinion editorial written by The Advocates for Human Rights’ Refugee and Immigrant Program Director Deepinder Mayell was published in the December 9 Star Tribune.     It was my first Minnesota Vikings game and my first NFL game. I am not new to football, though. As an undergrad at Boston College, … Continue reading My run-in with hate speech at a Minnesota Vikings game

Pledges & Punts at the UN: The U.S. Government Responds to UPR Recommendations

Today marks the formal end of the U.S. government's second Universal Periodic Review of its human rights record at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. But on many important issues, it's really just the beginning of many years of work to implement the United States' human rights obligations. During the interactive dialogue part of the … Continue reading Pledges & Punts at the UN: The U.S. Government Responds to UPR Recommendations

Oromo Protests One Year On: Looking Back; Looking Forward

Oromos and others in the Ethiopian diaspora are on the edge of their seats. Not only are general elections in Ethiopia scheduled for Sunday, but today the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is reviewing Ethiopia's human rights record. Ethiopia under review at the UN Today, May 22nd, the United Nations’ Committee on … Continue reading Oromo Protests One Year On: Looking Back; Looking Forward

In Memoriam: Sharon Rice Vaughn

Dear Friends, What a great privilege to have known Sharon Rice Vaughan. She was an amazing teacher, and one of the greatest examples of a servant leader I have ever met. Sharon was the first expert to consult with us at The Advocates for Human Rights when, more than 20 years ago, we started our … Continue reading In Memoriam: Sharon Rice Vaughn

Driver’s Licenses for All

The Minnesota legislature is set to consider a proposal that would decouple immigration status from driver’s license eligibility. This important proposal restores Minnesota law to its pre-2003 state and returns the driver’s license to its original purpose of ensuring that drivers on Minnesota roads have demonstrated that they know how to drive. The bills, HF … Continue reading Driver’s Licenses for All