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Battling the Muslim Ban

December 27, 2017Farhana Khera

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Sex Workers Demand Justice

December 22, 2017 | Julia Lukomnik

A recent tragedy in Queens, New York, served as a reminder of the criminal justice system's disregard for sex workers’ lives. It’s time for policymakers to prove they mean it when they champion human rights.

Q&A: Looking for Answers on Law Enforcement Killings

November 9, 2017

According to a new study from Harvard, there is scant publicly available data on how many people are killed by police. What is there, however, is worrying—which is all the more reason why more data and research is needed.

How Reproductive Justice Serves as a Model for Progressive Organizing

June 23, 2017 | Elisa Slattery

Groundswell Fund’s Naa Hammond explains why reproductive justice is about more than reproductive rights, and why movements for transformative change must be intersectional.

How Drug Courts Are Falling Short

June 7, 2017 | Christine Mehta

The “drug court” alternative-sentencing model has spread across the United States. It may be increasingly common, but the drug court model often fails to respect human rights.

Gender Identity Recognition at the Border and Beyond

April 5, 2017 | Lisa Skeen

Activists in the United States and elsewhere are mobilizing to ensure trans and intersex people’s rights are protected while traveling abroad—when they are particularly vulnerable.

Busting the Drug Addiction Myth

March 27, 2017 | Kasia Malinowska

Dr. Carl Hart has spent his career studying the effects of drugs on the human brain. The science shows us that a fear-based approach to fighting addiction is misleading and often harmful.

What the Trump Administration Needs to Know about Law Enforcement

January 27, 2017 | Marc Krupanski, Leonard Noisette

A recent statement from the Trump administration suggests a misunderstanding about how community safety and effective law enforcement work.

The Hidden Consequences of Forcing Women to Travel for Abortions

July 7, 2016 | Elisa Slattery

Laws that keep abortion services far from where women live are a form of social exclusion that women’s rights advocates call “abortion exile.”

Q&A: Is Addiction a Learning Disorder?

May 27, 2016

By recognizing why people with addictions make the choices they do, policy makers can see the futility of punitive drug policies.

Could the “Ithaca Plan” Become a Model for Harm Reduction in America?

March 3, 2016 | Matthew Wilson

The small city of Ithaca, New York, just launched one of the most innovative approaches to drug use anywhere in the United States.

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