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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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Mapping a Path to Tolerance During a Time of Fear

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, Jews, Muslims, and other marginalized groups came together for a landmark EU-level discussion on combating discrimination in Europe.

Unaccompanied Minors Struggle to Navigate a Chaotic Asylum System

A chaotic, dysfunctional system awaits young refugees entering Europe alone, pushing many of them onto the street or into forced labor.

The Countries That Gave Me a Second Chance as a Refugee

When Soviet troops invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968, this man faced violence and the loss of his family. But the countries that offered him refuge changed his life.

History Shows That Europe Can Handle a Refugee Influx

Looking back and comparing her experience to that of refugees today, one woman sees her case as a textbook example of how things should work.

How a Protest in Afghanistan Instilled Hope for the Country’s Future

After the beheadings of seven innocent members of an ethnic minority, Afghans hoped their protest would draw attention to the violence—but it achieved something far more profound.

Taking “Ban the Box” to the Next Level

The president’s move to get federal agencies to ban the box is an important first step. But to create systemic change we need to extend it to the private sector.

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Open Society Foundations–New York, Open Society Justice Initiative

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