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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.

Children with Autism in Kyrgyzstan Gain a Helping Hand

March 31, 2017 | Tynymgul Eshieva

In a country where this vulnerable population is often denied adequate education and medical care, this organization is working to improve attitudes as well as access.

Learning from Italy’s Lead on Naloxone

March 30, 2017 | Susanna Ronconi

Twenty years ago, doctors responded to a rise in drug overdoses by making the lifesaving medicine available over the counter. What lessons can Italy offer other nations grappling with opioid crises today?

On Venezuela’s Border with Colombia, the Need for Papers Threatens an Indigenous Way of Life

March 27, 2017 | Juliana Vengoechea

The problems facing the indigenous Wayuu people on Venezuela’s border with Colombia underline the need for creative response to documenting citizenship and nationality.

Rewriting the Book on Education Investment in Africa

March 27, 2017 | Sandrine Henton, Prateek Jain

A grassroots effort in East Africa is taking a new approach to impact investment in education. The project focuses on improving students’ lives outside of the classroom.

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.

For Children with Disabilities, Global Funding for Education Falls Short

March 20, 2017 | Dragana Sretenov

Millions of children are missing out on education because governments are not investing enough money.

How “Raising the Age” Is Transforming Youth Justice

March 17, 2017 | Marcy Mistrett, Marc Schindler

The evidence is now in, and it’s clear: raising the age at which states define childhood keeps our communities and young people safer, and can be done while keeping costs in check.

EU Top Court Fails to Guarantee Muslim Women’s Right to Wear a Headscarf at Work

March 14, 2017 | Maryam H'madoun, Simon Cox

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that it is not direct discrimination on grounds of religion for an employer to bar workers from wearing religious clothing.

Envisioning a New Approach to a Sacred Mexican Plant

March 13, 2017 | Nicholas Spiers, Litay Ortega

A video series explores the complicated story behind Salvia divinorum—one of the most revered, and widely misunderstood, psychotropic plants.

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