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Battling the Muslim Ban

December 27, 2017Farhana Khera
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A New Champion for LGBTI Rights in Bulgaria

January 16, 2018Gregory Czarnecki

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Ripples of Hope in the Fight Against Hate

August 17, 2017 | Kristen Clarke

The United States is stronger when it shares messages of inclusion, and when people of all backgrounds are welcome in their own communities and treated with respect and dignity.

The Deep Roots of the U.S. Ban on Trans Soldiers

August 17, 2017 | Karen Stevenson

A proposal to exclude trans people from the U.S. military was greeted with widespread disapproval. But a new report reveals how often hatred of trans and gender-nonconforming people is not only tolerated, but encouraged.

Muslim American Women Are Finding Their Voice and Confronting Islamophobia

August 16, 2017 | Katarina Rodriguez

Standing down a rising wave of discrimination and hate, Muslim American women in the United States are working together, learning how to defend themselves, and reclaiming their rightful place in American society.

It’s Time to Overhaul America’s Broken Probation and Parole Systems

July 13, 2017 | Topeka K. Sam

In theory, probation and parole are useful tools in helping to reduce America’s prison population. But without badly needed reforms, these systems of federal supervision are just incarceration by another name.

The United States’ Vital Role in the UN Human Rights Council

June 23, 2017 | Jerry Fowler

The UN Human Rights Council is one of the most important entities in the human rights community, as well as one of the principal means through which the United States influences human rights policy worldwide.

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.

Q&A: The Fight to Save a Free and Open Internet

May 15, 2017

With existing regulations up for review, Gigi Sohn—an Open Society Leadership in Government Fellow and former counselor to the FCC chairman—speaks about the road ahead for advocates of a free, accessible internet.

In the Information Battle with Post-Soviet States, the West Is Losing Ground

April 17, 2017 | Adam Hug

A new report examines how propaganda and disinformation are being disseminated across Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, and elsewhere, including across Europe and America—and what can be done about it.

Q&A: Inside the Campaign to Close Rikers

April 6, 2017

An independent commission helped advance a long-running drive to shutter the notorious New York City jail complex on Rikers Island. What happens next?

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