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

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

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