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The Grim Numbers and Human Cost of Violence against Trans People

November 20, 2015by Carla LaGata/Carsten Balzer, Boglarka Fedorko
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A Paris-Based Media Outlet Reacts to the Attacks

November 16, 2015by Daniel Makonnen

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The Countries That Gave Me a Second Chance as a Refugee

November 23, 2015 | by Michael Kraus

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.

The Grim Numbers and Human Cost of Violence against Trans People

November 20, 2015 | by Carla LaGata/Carsten Balzer, Boglarka Fedorko

This year, 271 murdered trans and gender-diverse people will be added to the list of those honored on Transgender Day of Remembrance.

History Shows That Europe Can Handle a Refugee Influx

November 19, 2015 | by Enna Gerin

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.

Grantee Spotlight

Why Mothers of Children with Disabilities Are Suddenly Talking in Kyrgyzstan

November 17, 2015 | by Kimberly O’Haver

In a country where disabilities invite stigma and discrimination, a discussion group is starting to change minds—and, possibly, laws.

European Court Rulings Highlight Azerbaijan’s Bleak Record on Human Rights

November 16, 2015 | by Marina Van Riel

A series of human rights rulings against Azerbaijan underline the need for a concerted response from the Council of Europe to the deteriorating political situation there.

Grantee Spotlight

Taking “Ban the Box” to the Next Level

November 13, 2015 | by Dorsey Nunn

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.

A Polish Dissident’s Journey from Political Prison to New York City

November 12, 2015 | by Emil V.

After eight months of incarceration under martial law in Poland, a refugee made his way to the United States and found himself embraced by his adopted home.

Grantee Spotlight

Latin America’s Crackdown on Drugs Defies Its Progressive Rhetoric

November 12, 2015 | by Catalina Pérez Correa, Coletta A. Youngers

The region’s leaders are vocal proponents of smarter drug policy, but a look at their recent incarceration rates suggests they’re not practicing what they preach.

Grantee Spotlight

The Slow-Motion Legal Disaster Unfolding within the Refugee Crisis

November 11, 2015 | by Samar Muhareb

Many refugees fleeing Syria find themselves in a legal black hole. Now a Jordan-based organization is helping them piece their identities back together.

Shining a Light on the Selection of Mexico’s Supreme Court Judges

November 10, 2015 | by Adriana García

Mexico’s top court wields considerable influence, yet the process of selecting and approving its judges remains opaque.