WHAT IF HUMAN RIGHTS WAS THE NORM?

Human beings are, too often, treated unjustly, marginalized, oppressed, abused, and/or targeted for criminal acts. At Human Rights Society, a nonprofit organization, we are passionately dedicated to advocating for human rights for all because we believe, with all our hearts, that all humans have universal and intrinsic value — equally. We align our mission with the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Right and focus on key human rights issues: Children’s Rights, Girls/Women’s Rights, Poverty, Human Trafficking, Racial/Ethnic Discrimination, and Genocide.

We long to see children flourish without terror and war. We work to see girls and women have equal rights to education, safety, work, and pay. We long to see slavery abolished once and for all, versus the 29 million slaves that exist today. We want a world to work together to make sure people are not suffering from poverty.We yearn for people to treat each other with utmost and mutual respect without discrimination based on skin color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, etc. We insist that at-risk people groups be protected from genocide.

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Former Temple Star Matt Brown Charged with Human Trafficking

By Jerry Hinnen for CBSSPorts.com on March 20, 2015—
“Former Temple standout Matt Brown was arrested Tuesday and charged with human trafficking, according to multiple reports.

Per the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore area detectives responded to an advertisement using language they believed to be used by prostitutes and arranged a meeting at a Baltimore County hotel. According to police, two men met the detetctives at the hotel with three girls aged 14, 16 and 17 to be used as prostitutes.

The two men — Brown, 25, and Anthony Eley Jr., 30 — were arrested and charged with human trafficking. The girls were taken into custody as victims of human trafficking.

Brown is the son of prominent Baltimore attorney Warren Brown as well as a former Owls walk-on who emerged into an all-purpose star during his time at Temple. He finished his four-year career in 2012 with 2,068 kickoff return yards, having been named first-team All-Big East by the league’s coaches and the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year. Brown also led the Owls in rushing as a sophomore with 830 yards, never finishing worse than third on the team in his four years — despite backing up stars like Bernard Pierce and Montel Harris.

Brown was signed as a free agent kick returner by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013 but released that same year.”

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U.N. Reveals ‘Alarmingly High’ Levels of Violence Against Women

 9, 2015—
“The evidence is ubiquitous. The gang rape of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi sets off an unusual burst of national outrage in India. In South Sudan, women are assaulted by both sides in the civil war. In Iraq, jihadists enslave women for sex. And American colleges face mounting scrutiny about campus rape.

Despite the gains women have made in education, health and even political power in the course of a generation, violence against women and girls worldwide “persists at alarmingly high levels,” according to a United Nations analysis that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon presented to the General Assembly on Monday.

About 35 percent of women worldwide — more than one in three — said they had experienced physical violence in their lifetime, the report finds. One in 10 girls under the age of 18 was forced to have sex, it says.

The subject is under sharp focus as delegates from around the world gather here starting on Monday to assess how well governments have done since they promised to ensure women’s equality at a landmark conference in Beijing 20 years ago — and what to do next.”

The Bridge: U.S. Remembers Selma, Alabama’s Message on Civil Rights

Reposted from Yahoo News Digest’s March 7th post—
“The United States’ first black First Family will cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge and the U.S. president will make an address Saturday. There could hardly be a starker image of how far the nation has come since that day 50 years ago in Selma, but the long march is not over. Just this week, a probe by Obama’s Justice Department found last year’s protests in Ferguson, Missouri were in part provoked by the racist attitudes and tactics of city police. In Selma itself, black children are more likely to grow up in poverty, less likely to graduate, less likely to attend college, and less likely to become homeowners. The town remains sharply segregated — partly because of white flight and partly by choice.

Selma is … about honoring the legends who helped change this country through your actions today, in the here and now.

U.S. President Barack Obama

Before the 1965 Voting Rights Act, it was easier for states like Alabama to restrict voter registration through violent intimidation and bureaucratic racism. In Selma, for example, of 15,000 African Americans in the town, only 300 were registered to vote. There were constitution tests and poll taxes. Reverend Frederick Reese is 85 now but remembers the march as a determined but non-violent demonstration.

You had an opportunity to challenge the system. It called for a lot of wit, determination and persistence. Selma played a very important role in helping to bring our nation to the realization that all men should be treated equally.

Reverend Frederick Reese”

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Bosnians Tied to War Crimes Now Living in U.S. May Face Deportation: Report

Originally posted by Yahoo News Digest on March 1, 2015—
“U.S. officials have identified about 300 Bosnian immigrants who they believe concealed their involvement in wartime atrocities including the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, and are trying to deport at least 150 of them, The New York Times reported on Saturday. The immigrants were among refugees fleeing the violence in Bosnia after a war that erupted in 1992 with the collapse of Yugoslavia. Many of the Bosnian suspects were former soldiers and they include a Virginia soccer coach, an Ohio metal worker and four Las Vegas hotel casino workers, the newspaper said. Some are now U.S. citizens.

The more we dig, the more documents we find.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement historian Michael MacQueen told the Times

The newspaper said evidence indicates half the 300 Bosnian suspects may have played a part in the massacre at Srebrenica, where 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb forces in five summer days in 1995, near the end of a war that claimed 100,000 lives. The massacre was the culmination of a policy of ethnic cleansing by Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic’s forces to carve a pure Serb state out of communally diverse Bosnia.”

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Support the Runaway and Homeless Youth Trafficking Prevention Act

“Congress has been extremely busy introducing legislation addressing human trafficking, as we called on them to do last month. Under Senator Grassley’s (R-IA) leadership, the Judiciary Committee unanimously passed two critical human trafficking bills. First, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, sponsored by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), improves victim services while also enabling law enforcement to crack down on human trafficking. Also, the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act, sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), would protect minors involved in commercial sex and provides additional support for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline.

In addition, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed Senator Bob Corker’s (R-TN) bold End Modern Slavery Act. This bill would help increase funding for global human trafficking efforts by establishing a $1.5 billion public-private fund.

We applaud the Senate for moving this legislation forward. But today, we need you to tell the Senate to support the Runaway and Homeless Youth Trafficking Prevention Act, sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). This bill has stood for 40 years to help the most vulnerable children find shelter, food, and other necessary services. The programs funded under this bill are critical to preventing human trafficking. Please take action now by urging your Senator to support this bill.

Polaris’s data from human trafficking hotlines proves why modern slavery requires U.S. government action. In 2014, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline received a 26% increase in calls directly from survivors of human trafficking. In total, 19,724 cases of human trafficking have been reported through the NHTRC and Polaris’s BeFree texting helpline since 2007. You can download the full report on hotline statistics here.

All of this activity points to this being the time to double down our efforts to end human trafficking once and for all. That’s why tomorrow, February 27, we encourage you to join theEnd It Movement for Shine a Light on Slavery Day. Each person who pledges to become a freedom fighter helps Polaris and all of our fellow coalition partners.

When it comes to ending modern slavery, every voice matters. Today, we urge you to use yours.

Stand up and act,

Bradley Myles
CEO
Polaris”

Cameron, Bono Link Poverty, Climate at AP Debate

By John Heilprin for The Associated Press on January 24, 2014—
“Global leaders argued Friday that efforts to eradicate poverty must be linked to climate change, saying that rising temperatures will have widespread effects on everything from food supplies to education.

Panelists at two separate sessions at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland — among them Bill Gates, Al Gore and U2 frontman Bono — underlined the importance of the issue. The United Nations is also making climate change a priority at Davos this year, pushing for a U.N.-brokered internationally binding climate treaty in Paris in 2015.

At a debate sponsored by The Associated Press, British Prime Minister David Cameron said the next U.N.-led campaign to eradicate extreme poverty must make the climate a top priority. More than one billion people live in extreme poverty by the World Bank’s definition, living on less than $1.25 a day.

“We do need to prioritize, but I would argue if we do want to help the one billion, we need to put in climate change,” Cameron said.

The AP’s debate also featured Bono and officials from Nigeria, Save the Children International and Prudential Plc. It was looking ahead to the expiration of the U.N.’s “millennium goals” to reduce poverty, hunger and child mortality and combat disease by 2015, and to envision what goals should be set for the next 15 years. The session was moderated by AP Senior Managing Editor Michael Oreskes.”

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Child Porn Task Force Needs ‘Help’

By Drew Mikkelsen, KING 5 News, on February 25, 2015—
“After eight years going after child pornography collectors and producers, Detective Ian Polhemus said he has seen a sharp increase in cases.

Polhemus believes Washington now has more child pornography offenders per-capita than any other state in the union.

He blames a tech-savvy community and good internet connections.

But he said the lack of enforcement also makes it easy for offenders to get away with the crime.

“I don’t think we get to 2 percent,” said Polhemus.

He’s one of six detectives working on the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

In January investigators identified more than 2800 potential cases across the state, but they’ve only been able to investigate dozens of those.

“We’re asking for help,” said Seattle Police Captain Mike Edwards who said the task force does not have enough resources to go after as many offenders as they’d like.

Edwards said without more funding and investigators, they can only pursue the most prolific, vile offenders.

He’s hoping lawmakers will support a bill sponsored by Rep. David Sawyer, D-Pierce County, which would more than double the number of investigators on the task force.”

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