Six months after the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, refugee advocates in Florida and around the country continue to ask themselves how defenders of justice should respond to the incarceration of a group of Haitian earthquake survivors for doing nothing more than following orders from American military personnel.
The Prison Rape Elimination Act became law in 2003, but it was not until earlier this year that regulations to implement the law were proposed to be enacted by the Department of Justice. In early May, Physicians for Human Rights submitted comments in support of these proposed standards to prevent, and offer treatment to victims of, sexual abuse in prison.
On Thursday the New York Times reported the alarming and deeply troubling news that Malawi sentenced Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, a gay couple, to 14 years in prison and hard labor.
In 2009, J-H- was an asylum seeker living in Phoenix, Arizona. J-H- is a survivor of female genital cutting (FGC) in her African homeland.
Walked across the desert for three days, with only a canteen of water for subsistence. Arrested and severely beaten for peaceful political organizing, suffering a miscarriage and emergency hysterectomy. Left for dead by a police firing squad, then forced to hide in the wilderness for two months awaiting an opportunity to escape the country undetected. The journey to the US, so often fraught with dangers like these, poses grave health risks to many immigrants.