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Policing and the Future of Baltimore

December 3, 2015 | Evan Serpick

Advocates who have been pushing reforms see new openings to challenge a criminal justice culture in Baltimore that feeds the cycle of mass incarceration and disenfranchisement.

Grantee Spotlight

In Bishkek, a Community Struggles to Restore Its Vanishing Public Parks

December 1, 2015 | Raushanna Sarkeyeva

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan’s capital has seen a steady decline in the number of neighborhood parks. A new initiative hopes to bring them back to the city.

Slain Human Rights Lawyer Warned of Turkey’s “Existential Crisis”

November 30, 2015 | Erika Dailey

Tahir Elçi, a torture survivor who became one of Turkey’s best known human rights lawyers, was shot dead at a peace rally in southeast Turkey on Saturday.

“Scared Straight” Anti-Drug Programs Aren’t Scaring Kids at All

November 25, 2015 | Joanne Csete

A new report suggests that fear-based abstinence programs like D.A.R.E. might actually increase drug use among youth.

Grantee Spotlight

Mapping a Path to Tolerance During a Time of Fear

November 25, 2015 | Sarah Isal

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, Jews, Muslims, and other marginalized groups came together for a landmark EU-level discussion on combating discrimination in Europe.

Unaccompanied Minors Struggle to Navigate a Chaotic Asylum System

November 24, 2015 | Yonous Muhammadi

A chaotic, dysfunctional system awaits young refugees entering Europe alone, pushing many of them onto the street or into forced labor.

The Countries That Gave Me a Second Chance as a Refugee

November 23, 2015 | 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 | 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 | 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.

Burma’s Voters See a Bright Future for Their Country, Polls Show

November 18, 2015 | Ben Suffian

Public polling indicates that citizens are solidly behind the National League for Democracy’s priorities—and never had much confidence in the ousted military regime.

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