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Open Society Voices

I Am Sandra Bland

July 30, 2015 by Jasmine Mickens

My experience—and the tragedies in Ferguson, Baltimore, Cleveland, and too many other places to count—reminds us that race determines what kind of policing communities receive.

Washington's Human Rights Award for Azimjan Askarov Sparks Kyrgyzstan's Anger

July 30, 2015 by Masha Lisitsyna, Alexandra Cherkasenko
An angry response from the government of Kyrgyzstan to a U.S. human rights award highlights its refusal to address the legacy of inter-ethnic violence that erupted in the south of the country in 2010.

The Confederate Flag and the Power of Racial Narrative

July 29, 2015 by Donysha Smith

Symbols of racism galvanize those who would defend a defenseless past.

Open Society People

Executive Director
Open Society Foundations–New York, Open Society Justice Initiative
Senior Legal Officer, National Security and Counterterrorism
Open Society Foundations–New York, Open Society Justice Initiative
Program Director, Justice Fund
U.S. Programs, Open Society Foundations–New York