Happy Human Rights Day!
Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 14, 2017 The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a groundbreaking $25 million award to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery for transformational programs around the world to reduce the prevalence of modern slavery – also known as human trafficking. We would like … More U.S. State Department Starts $25M Global Fund To End Modern Slavery
Originally published in The New York Times by Hannah Beech, 3 September 2017 — REZU AMTALI, Bangladesh — They stumble down muddy ravines and flooded creeks through miles of hills and jungle in Bangladesh, and thousands more come each day, in a line stretching to the monsoon-darkened horizon. Some are gaunt and spent, already starving … More NYTimes: Desperate Rohingya Flee Myanmar on Trail of Suffering. ‘It Is All Gone.’
Originally published in The Daily by Grace DeBusschere, 12 May 2017 — SEATTLE, USA —On Thursday, Human Rights Society UW hosted a panel on “The Injustice of Solitary Confinement” in Gowen Hall, featuring panelists Jose “Neaners” Garcia, who shared his first-hand experience in solitary confinement, and Reed Klein, a UW alum who wrote his senior … More Former inmate and UW alum team up for panel on solitary confinement as human rights abuse
Originally published in New York Times by Didi Kirsten Tatlow, 24 August 2016 — HONG KONG, China — Eyes flashing, lips curled in operatic scorn, a middle-aged woman holding a placard reading “Evil Cult Falun Gong!” ordered me off the sidewalk outside Hong Kong’s convention center, where organ transplant specialists from around the world were … More Angry Claims and Furious Denials Over Organ Transplants in China
Originally published in Associated Press by Kathy Gannon, 31 July 2017 — KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — It was a routine check. Two vans, both without license plates, were stopped earlier this month by police in Afghanistan’s eastern Ghazni province, where Taliban hold sway in large swaths of the countryside. Inside, police found 27 boys between … More AP: ‘Officials: Young Afghans trafficked to study under Taliban’
Originally published in The Seattle Times by Lynn Thompson, 26 July 2017 — BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON, USA — Men cruised the hallway of an upscale Bellevue apartment building, checking their cellphones and scanning the unit numbers before pausing at a door that swung open even before they knocked. A neighbor grew suspicious and alerted police, saying she … More BUSTED-How police brought down a tech-savvy prostitution network in Bellevue