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Human Trafficking

Human first, citizen later!
Posted by Aleksandra Maczka on 08/18/2016 - 10:37

Nowadays, when human rights are becoming increasingly associated with citizenship and protection of the state, many become victims of the cruelty of the system. As the article points, the victims often have no way of seeking counseling or any other form of help in the foreign country they find themsleves in. The process of reporting the crime and later seeking justice is long and painful and the state usually offers no assistance whatsoever. 

Abike’s story is shocking, but what is more shocking to me and my organisation [Eaves' for Women] is the existence of a lukewarm... Read More

Nauru: Australia's asylum seeker prison
Posted by ejbentley on 08/12/2016 - 19:52

“Assaults, sexual abuse, self-harm, inhuman conditions – over 2,000 newly leaked reports paint a sordid picture of Australia’s offshore refugee detention operations on the Pacific island of Nauru.” By forcibly transferring refugees and people seeking asylum to Nauru, detaining them for prolonged periods in inhuman conditions, denying them appropriate medical care, and in other ways structuring its operations so that many experience a serious degradation of their mental health, the Australian government has violated the rights to be free from torture and other ill-treatment, and from... Read More

Human trafficking
Posted by Carolina on 08/10/2016 - 00:32

43,200 times, Karla Jacinto a young Mexican girl, was raped. When she was only five years old she was sexually abused by a relative. At the age twelve, she escaped with his "boyfriend", a man 10 years older than her she just met, since her mother didn't care for her. After three months of a fake relationship, he forced her into sexual labor. She was raped 30 times per day for the next four years. The article highlights this case to show how human trafficking still prevails in prominent countries like the United States and Mexico. 

Modern Slavery
Posted by Carolina on 08/10/2016 - 00:14

We like to think that slavery doesn't exist in the modern world since it was banished centuries ago. However, this oppressive practice continues to be a problem around the world, threatening the most basic human rights. The video embodies the real conflict of modern slavery in the 21st century through powerful images taken by the photographer Lisa Kristine. 

Human-trafficking bust in Tennessee
Posted by Cristian Martinez Herrera on 08/07/2016 - 14:09

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has announced Friday, August 5th, of an investigation that led to 41 arrests that involved human trafficking. Mark Gwyn, director of the TBI, said, “This has been our most significant operation to date.”

Thirty-four men, six women, and one juvenile have been arrested in this specific probe. Operations for the investigation used false ads on, of which were made by undercover agents. The number of responses was significant. According to the TBI, 485 men responded to the ads posted and more than 5,300 responded to... Read More

Australia's Treatment of Asylum Seekers
Posted by Isabella on 08/03/2016 - 12:19

In the last week, Australia has been condemned by various international non-governmental organizations for its treatment of asylum seekers in off-shore detention centers. In 2014, Australia implemented a defence policy that aimed to stop illegal boats of asylum seekers from arriving on-shore. This policy involved establishing processing centers on nearby island countries and territories, including Nauru and Christmas Island. In these detention centers, asylum seekers wait for processing into Australia in horrendous and unlivable conditions.

Currently, the... Read More

El Clásico Soccer Match Is Embroiled in a Human Rights Scandal
Posted by Jackie Fielder on 04/02/2016 - 15:36

This year’s El Clásico is being played during the same week Amnesty International released a scathing report on human rights violations in Qatar. According to the report, migrant workers have endured major human rights violations while building stadiums for the FIFA 2022 World Cup.

U.S. Joins Countries Rejecting Slave-Made Products
Posted by Kaitlyn Williams on 02/15/2016 - 22:10

Last week the U.S. became the twentieth country to sign the Port State Measures Agreement, which empowers officials to prohibit foreign vessels suspected of illegal fishing from receiving port services and access. This week President Obama will sign legislation that will effectively ban American imports of fish caught by forced labor in Southeast Asia. Over the next month the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to improve how seafood is tracked from catch to market, by imposing new reporting requirements on American importers. Forced labor is an international problem, and... Read More

Second Edition of Captive Genders Released
Posted by Malcolm Lizzappi on 11/03/2015 - 13:47

Photo courtesy:
Photo description: The cover of the second edition of Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex features a burning car filtered purple.)

"Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex brings together trans, queer and gender nonconforming views on police and prisons. Its pages brim with anger, grief, hope, humor and daring, taking on everything from bathhouse raids to... Read More

The Dangerous Lives of Colombian Mangrove Clam Collectors
Posted by Malcolm Lizzappi on 09/29/2015 - 09:37

(picture description: two members of the Piangueras community in the tree roots taking a break from arduous work.)

I wanted to share the following interview from Vice news because of the situation it describes. Some questions that went through my mind are "how do we begin to discuss human rights we are blind to?", "how does neglect or lack of resources reinforce and perpetuate the lack of distribution of human rights... Read More


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