A woman in a crowd

In April 2014, less than two months after the Maidan, up to 5,000 demonstrators gathered at a pro-Ukrainian rally in the city of Donetsk. The Open Society Foundations support the efforts of groups and individuals working in Ukraine to create a society in which justice, democracy, and freedom of expression can thrive.

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Image credit: © Justyna Mielnikiewicz
Boats in the Mediterranean

Just south of Lampedusa island, the Italian Navy transfers 219 migrants to their ship. The migrants include Pakistanis, Syrians, Moroccans, Nigerians, and Nepalis who had left the coast of Libya with smugglers the night before. The Navy ship was operating as part of Italy’s “Mare Nostrum” project, searching for boats with migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. The Open Society Foundations work to advance fair treatment of migrants and refugees.

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Image credit: © Carlos Spottorno/Panos Pictures
Graphic illustration of a police officer

In many countries, HIV rates are climbing among sex workers and people who use drugs. One of the main reasons is that they are criminalized. Too often sex workers and drug users are forced to choose between protecting their health and staying safe from police harassment or arrest. But a novel approach to law enforcement is changing this, and may prove as critical to HIV prevention as a condom or clean needle. Through partnerships with HIV experts and community groups, police such as those in Kyrgyzstan, depicted above, are playing a critical role in the fight against HIV.

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Image credit: Adam Rogers
Goodbye My Chechnya

Students attend a gym class at School No. 1 in Serzhen-Yurt, Chechnya. After enduring the horrors of two wars, young Chechen women like these are now confronted by a period of peace marked by increasing oppression. This image is part of a series by photographer Diana Markosian, who aims to show how girls and young women are navigating their transition into adulthood in this context, and to honor their strength amidst the challenges they face.

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Image credit: © Diana Markosian/Reportage by Getty Images
Incarcerated men in a truck.

Every morning dozens of men and boys from the Pademba Road Prison in Freetown, Sierra Leone, are taken to court. This does not mean that they will be judged; it may be years until their trials end. Some youth may spend several years in Pademba Road Prison before receiving a sentence. In his series Juveniles Waiting for Justice, photographer Fernando Moleres tells the story of young men and boys confined in an adult prison, as a deeply flawed justice system takes over and determines their fate.

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Image credit: © Fernando Moleres

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Many people with disabilities are not allowed to make the most basic decisions about how to lead their own lives. “Supported decision making” can change this.

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The former attorney general of Guatemala discusses whether it is possible today to change Guatemala’s culture of impunity.

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Watch and discuss a new documentary about six African grandmothers who, despite stigma and abuse, care for children orphaned by AIDS. In 2013 they traveled to Canada to give powerful testimony to a landmark people's tribunal.

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