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The Open Society Foundations use advocacy and litigation to combat the marginalization of racial and ethnic minorities in Europe, taking on cases involving migrants, school segregation, violence against Roma, and policies that ban Muslims from wearing the hijab or building mosques.

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Healing the Wounds in Ferguson and Staten Island

The Open Society Foundations are investing $2.9 million to support community groups working to promote law enforcement accountability and help build a national database on police behavior.

Kyrgyzstan’s New Anti-Gay Law Is Even Worse than Russia’s

The law criminalizes any mention of “nontraditional sexual relations”—unless it’s hate speech, which will be perfectly legal.

Armenia’s Pro-Russia Stance Has a Cost for Women’s Rights

Domestic violence and sex-selective abortion are rife in Armenia, and efforts to solve these problems are often branded as a threat to the country’s ancestral heritage.

Police Shootings Aren’t the Only Way the Justice System Fails Youth

Young people of color face particularly long odds when dealing with courts and police, from sexual abuse in prison to cops assuming they’re guilty until proven innocent.

Film Screening: Riot from Wrong (Washington, D.C.)

Join us for a screening of Riot from Wrong, an award-winning documentary about the 2011 London riots triggered by the police shooting of a young man of color.

Case Watch: EU Court Ruling Backs Refugees from Anti-Gay Persecution

A welcome recent ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union is likely to make it harder for governments to deny political asylum to applicants facing persecution for their sexual orientation.

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Open Society Foundations–New York, Open Society Justice Initiative