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Next steps for foreign policy

The Hill

President-elect Joe Biden promises to cooperate with our allies on economic, political and environmental issues that span borders. That’s a big step forward in reasserting America’s global leadership, but Biden needs to do even more: He needs to swiftly address issues of human rights, justice and poverty in the Global South, especially for people whose voices are …Read More

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Guatemala is Attacking its Independent Judges: The United States Must Do More to Ensure an Independent Judiciary

Statement by AJWS Senior Director of Civil and Political Rights and Advocacy, Tracey Gurd, on the attempts to dismantle an independent judicial system in Guatemala As U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris plans her visit to Guatemala in June, we encourage her to focus on the attacks on the country’s democracy, especially those aimed at Guatemala’s …Read More

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