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Volunteer Lawyers Give New Direction to Nigerian Legal Aid Initiative

February 13, 2019 Stanley Ibe

In the town of Ikorodu, local lawyers are delivering free legal aid to detainees within 48 hours of arrest and joining an effort to steer people charged with nonviolent crimes away from unnecessary detention.

Women Will Not Be Silent

February 5, 2019 Kavita N. Ramdas

By now, the link between authoritarianism and the repression of women and gender nonconforming people is clear. But those targeted by such hateful politics cannot—and will not—be intimidated.

International Prosecutors Fought Corruption in Guatemala. Now They’ve Been Ordered Out

January 10, 2019 Eric Witte

The United States is acquiescing in the destruction of one of the few institutions that has shown success in targeting the main causes of Guatemala’s dysfunction.