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Sex Workers’ Untold Stories

March 11, 2019 | Erin Greenberg

Organized by sex workers, a new Berlin-based exhibition uses found objects to present a more nuanced vision of what sex work really is.

Q&A: Why Representation Is Crucial for Trans Rights

March 8, 2019

The first trans woman ever to appear on the cover of Elle Hungary speaks about justice, art, and her dreams for the next generation of trans people.

Q&A: Fearless Theater in Kosovo

March 5, 2019

With their latest production, an ambitious theater troupe is challenging homophobia, facing down death threats, and changing minds.

How Weaponizing Citizenship Hurts the Justice System

March 4, 2019 | Natasha Arnpriester

No one should have their citizenship revoked as a form of punishment. It’s wrong—and it undermines the rule of law.

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.

Can a Virtual Reality Video Help Fight Anti-HIV Stigma?

February 7, 2019 | Sydelle Willow Smith

In Cape Town, activists are working to combat the myths and misinformation associated with HIV testing.

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.

How the United States Can Support Armenia’s Fledgling Democracy

January 16, 2019 | Tatevik Khachatryan

The people of Armenia have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enact sweeping anticorruption and criminal justice reforms. Here’s what U.S. policymakers can do to help.

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.

Hungary’s Anti-NGO Tax Law Violates Free Speech and Freedom of Association

December 18, 2018 | Daniela Ikawa

The Venice Commission, Europe’s leading body of legal experts on democracy and the rule of law, has called on Hungary to repeal a 25 percent tax on NGOs working on migration issues.