I am elated today because our grantee partners in India have achieved an historic victory for LGBTI rights. Earlier today, the Indian Supreme Court struck down a colonial-era law that criminalized consensual sex between same sex adults. As India is home to nearly one-fifth of the world’s population, this single ruling removes the threat of …Read More
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It’s been a decade since Maria Hererra’s sons disappeared. First, Jesús Salvador and Raúl. Then Gustavo and Luis Armando, who had gone looking for their missing brothers. Maria may never know what happened to them. When I met her earlier this month, she spoke of her sons in the present tense—even though she, like so …Read More
The Torah teaches: “If you see a donkey of someone you hate struggling with its burden, and you are hesitant to help that person—you must help that person.”
As human rights leaders, one a Rohingya and the other an American Jew, we retain hope that the U.S. Government can still be a positive force in foreign policy for the benefit of the Rohingya people.
One year ago, the Burmese military unleashed a coordinated campaign of unspeakable violence on the Rohingya people of Burma—burning villages, murdering civilians, raping women and girls and forcing hundreds of thousands to flee to Bangladesh. Over 700,000 Rohingya people now live in dangerous overcrowded and under-resourced refugee camps in Bangladesh. A year after this crisis …Read More
This week, I’m heading to the border. I’m going because this summer I’ve felt devastated by news of the barbaric treatment of immigrants and refugees who have crossed into our country, as I’m sure you have as well. Each painful headline has hit me hard. Day after day, I have read about children separated from …Read More