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Creating Sustainable Farms, One Abandoned Prison at a Time

January 28, 2016 | Donysha Smith

In this Soros Justice Fellow’s initiative, guard towers become climbing walls, jail cells sprout organic gardens, and at-risk youth cultivate a brighter future.

The Hashtag That Stymied Corruption in Kyrgyzstan

January 28, 2016 | Shamil Ibragimov

By making information about public spending visible, watchdogs are shaming away government waste.

Grantee Spotlight

Women Speak Up Against an Archaic Abortion Law in Northern Ireland

January 27, 2016 | Kellie O’Dowd

Why is it still illegal to take a pill the World Health Organization calls an essential medicine?

The Environmental Racism Flowing in Flint

January 27, 2016 | Kristen Clarke

A step to preventing crises like the one in Flint is to promote democratic accountability and ensure that minority communities are not disenfranchised and stripped of their voices.

The Human Cost of Puerto Rico’s Limbo

January 26, 2016 | Jennifer Wolff

Strapped with over $70 billion in debt, Puerto Rico is spending more on debt service than on education, health, or security. Services are being curtailed as public agencies scramble to cut costs.

Introducing Our New Podcast on International Justice and Human Rights

January 26, 2016 | Jonathan Birchall

In the first episode of Open Society’s new monthly podcast, we examine the ICC trial of Laurent Gbagbo, former president of Ivory Coast.

Once Refugees Reach Europe, How Much Farther Should They Go?

January 25, 2016 | Madeline Garlick

Onward movement creates formidable challenges for states, asylum seekers, refugees, and the international protection system as a whole.

To Change Drug Policy, First Change the Way You Measure It

January 21, 2016 | Dan Werb

Many governments are using the wrong metrics to evaluate their approach to drugs.

Two Milestones Put Romani Cultural Discourse in the Hands of Roma Themselves

January 15, 2016 | Cayetano Fernandez

For too long, Romani studies have been dictated by non-Roma “experts.” In 2015, a pair of breakthrough achievements shifted that paradigm dramatically.

In Mexico, Many Deaths in Custody but Few Investigations

January 14, 2016 | Adriana García

In Mexico, the problem of deaths in custody―and the failure to investigate them―is particularly acute.

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