In January 2014, São Paulo launched an innovative new program called Operation Open Arms in an area known as Cracolândia, where many people who use drugs congregate. The new program offers housing and low-threshold employment opportunities to over 500 homeless drug users. The Open Society Foundations support harm reduction efforts for people who use drugs in Latin America and around the world.Read more »
Two men who have just arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos watch boats filled with Syrian refugees approach the beach from the Turkish coast. The summer of 2015 saw a surge in the number of migrants and refugees arriving in Europe. The Open Society Foundations support endeavors to assist them as they escape conflict in their home countries and strive for better lives.Read more »
Fauziyya D. Sulaiman, a romance novelist in Nigeria, reads a book at the market after dropping off her newest release for sale. The photography from the Moving Walls 23: Journeys exhibition features people from across the globe escaping hardship and creating new spaces in which to make their voices heard. The Open Society Foundations support the right to determine one’s own future, free from the burden of violence, discrimination, or restrictions on freedom of expression.Read more »
After major victories for same-sex marriage in the United States and Ireland, the focus shifts to parts of the world where marriage equality remains a distant dream. In nearly 40 percent of the world’s countries, homosexual conduct between consenting adults remains criminal. The Open Society Foundations support efforts to end discrimination against LGBTI people everywhere.Read more »
A child uses a megaphone to address hundreds of demonstrators at a protest against police brutality outside the Baltimore Police Western District station on April 22, 2015. Across the United States, communities are calling for policing reforms in the wake of several tragic deaths. The Open Society Foundations supports such reforms and works to ensure accountability and end discriminatory practices in law enforcement.Read more »
Open Society Voices
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A step to preventing crises like the one in Flint is to promote democratic accountability and ensure that minority communities are not disenfranchised and stripped of their voices.
Open Society Fellow Chitrangada Choudhury and ActionAid USA senior policy analyst Brandon Wu locate demands for environmental justice on the international policy agenda and within the realities of rural India.