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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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Talking about Race—Rethinking Crime and Punishment in Black America: A Conversation with James Forman Jr.

Yale legal scholar and former public defender James Forman Jr. talks about his new book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.

Born in the Americas: The Promise and Practice of Nationality Laws in Brazil, Chile, and Colombia

This examination of citizenship regimes in Brazil, Chile and Colombia finds weaknesses that create the risk of statelessness.

Talking about Race—Civil Rights in the Trump Era: Lessons from History

Taylor Branch, author and Open Society Institute Baltimore Advisory Board member, discusses what today's activists can learn from the African-American-led freedom movement of the 1950s and '60s.

Strategic Litigation Impacts: Equal Access to Quality Education

This comparative study, based on research in Brazil, India, and South Africa, assesses how the power of the litigation is being harnessed in the pursuit of adequate basic education for all.

Film Screening and Q&A—Benedicto

A new documentary explores the Guatemalan army's role in atrocity crimes committed during the country's internal conflict, as seen through the eyes of former army commander Benedicto Lucas García.

For Children with Disabilities, Global Funding for Education Falls Short

Millions of children are missing out on education because governments are not investing enough money.