Human Rights News

Women on the Run: The Looming Refugee Crisis

Nov 13, 2015
A new UNHCR report, “Women on the Run,” provides first-hand accounts of women from the Northern Triangle region (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) who are seeking asylum in the US as part of a looming refugee crisis. Their struggles are part of a larger story effecting hundreds of thousands more.

Update on Europe’s Migration Crisis

Oct 26, 2015
With Europe experiencing a migration crisis on a scale not seen since World War II, we spoke with Professor James Hollifield for an update on the situation.

Everyday Law Enforcement in Russia

Sep 08, 2015
An Interview with Lauren McCarthy, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, upon the completion of her Title VIII Research Scholarship. Dr. McCarthy discusses her Kennan Institute project, which explored how and when Russian law enforcement agencies implemented laws on human trafficking in Russia from 2004-2013. Check out this interview for a sneak peak of Dr. McCarthy’s forthcoming book

Fences of Fancy: The Refugee Crisis in Europe

Aug 31, 2015
Former East European Studies scholar Tibor Purger explores the refugee crisis in Europe as it plays out on border between Serbia and Hungary.

ISIS’s Brutality Toward Women and Girls–and How to Help the Victims

Aug 27, 2015
"While many countries have denounced ISIS and its beheadings, mass executions, and other horrific acts, little effort has been devoted to rescuing women taken as its sexual slaves," writes Haleh Esfandiari and Kendra Heideman.

Subcommittee Hearing: Threats to Press Freedom in the Americas

Jul 31, 2015
Press Freedom in the Americas has been in a general decline for the past 15 years. According to Freedom House’s latest findings (2015), only 43% of the countries in the Americas are ranked as having ‘free’ press. The remaining countries fall in the range of ‘partly free’ (43%) and ‘not free’ (14%).

Honduras: As protests over corruption swell, many see 'positive moment'

Jul 20, 2015
Eric Olson is quoted about the usefulness of external support in Honduras, specifically the possibility of an International Commission Against Impunity in Honduras (CICIH).
President Lyndon B Johnson signing the Civil Rights Bill, April 11, 1968

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Upholding Housing Discrimination Law

Jul 15, 2015
Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias by ruling on Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, challenging race-neutral policies that have negative effects on minorities.

Roger-Mark De Souza Discusses Family Planning, Empowerment, and the Environment

Jul 14, 2015
Colorado has seen a historic drop in the pregnancy rate among teens and poor women, thanks to a pioneering family planning program providing long-acting birth control for free. In a new video from Women at the Center, Roger-Mark De Souza explains why groundbreaking programs like the Colorado Family Planning Initiative matter to the global push for women's empowerment and environmental conservation efforts.

Report: ISIS Human Rights Abuses in 2014

Jun 25, 2015
The brutality of non-state actors - particularly ISIS - was one of the most notable trends in human rights abuses in 2014, according to the State Department's Country Report on Human Rights Practices.