In the next year alone, about 15 million girls will be married before they turn 18. These girls often have little say in the matter, and they face family pressure to drop out of school. In fact, that’s exactly what happened to my grandmother, Beatrice.
The AJWS community has a lot to say about what's happening in the world. Read our insights about the struggle for justice and human rights around the globe.
A year ago, I started the job of a lifetime when I became President and CEO of American Jewish World Service (AJWS). AJWS is an American Jewish organization that fights poverty and advances human rights in some of the poorest countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Over the past year or so, …Read More
In our new global village, we should ask of our Jewish tradition: How has my responsibility changed? How do we apply old teachings to new circumstances?
During Pride Month, AJWS celebrates two members of grantee RevASA, a Dominican organization that upholds the rights of lesbian women, gay men, bisexual people and transgender people. Click below for their stories of coming out and leading the fight to win visibility and equality for their community. Gregory Jiménez When no one in Gregory …Read More
As AJWS’s Director of Disaster Response and International Operations, I’m deeply alarmed that the global refugee crisis is continuing to escalate. More people were displaced worldwide in 2016 than any other year on record since World War II and its immediate aftermath. Nearly 2 million of them are refugees who have fled a devastating situation …Read More
I am parachuting into the brutal realities of a population whose daily struggles I couldn’t even imagine a few days ago.