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No Documents, No Doctor? No Longer.

September 9, 2013 | by Olga Ochneva, Olga Rychkova
Jamila used to be one of many people in Kyrgyzstan denied health care because she did not have a permanent address. Now, thanks to work by Asteria, she’s looking forward to her first doctor’s appointment.

The End of Marijuana Prohibition?

September 6, 2013 | by Andy Ko
For the states, it seems that the door is now open for effective and rational marijuana policies that serve the needs of real people and communities in terms of health, safety, justice, and possibly even revenue.

The Fight over L.A.’s Skid Row

September 4, 2013 | by Terrance Pitts
Entire communities in Los Angeles’s Skid Row are being criminalized and pushed out in a shocking fight over valuable downtown real estate.

Case Watch: Kenya Judge Rules against “War on Terror” Renditions

September 3, 2013 | by Jonathan Horowitz
The judgment demonstrated the willingness of the Kenyan judiciary to hold the executive to account for human rights abuses committed in the name of national security and counterterrorism.

Big Deal for Indigenous Rights

August 29, 2013 | by Richard Lee
In South Africa, a private company has formally recognized the intellectual property rights of two indigenous groups who introduced the medicinal benefits of the buchu plant.
Grantee Spotlight

Black Male Achievement Fellows Walk the Talk

August 28, 2013 | by Decker Ngongang
As we enter the second year of the Black Male Achievement Fellowship program, what have learned?
Grantee Spotlight

On the Border with Kung Li

August 28, 2013 | by Maria Archuleta
Human-rights activist Kung Li drove along the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border from San Diego, California, to Brownsville, Texas. What she found may surprise you.

Power in a Bottle

August 28, 2013 | by Naloxone Ninja
You, too, can be a superhero when it comes to stopping deadly drug overdoses. Here are five things you need to know about naloxone, the antidote that anyone can use.

A Freedom You Can’t Take for Granted

August 28, 2013 | by Lauren Frohne
Why should you care about the right to free expression? Ask someone whose book was banned.
Grantee Spotlight

Justice on Wheels

August 26, 2013 | by Sebastian Krueger
Traveling by bicycle, paralegals help Ugandans living with HIV in their own communities understand and assert their rights and, in the process, safeguard their health.