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Summary Camila Díaz Córdova, a 29-year-old transgender woman, tried for years to escape the violence that had characterized her life in El Salvador. She made her way to the United States in 2017 to seek asylum, but after four months in immigration…
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  Summary If you want the best surgeon, you want the best surgeon, you don’t want the second best. —Krista Contreras, reflecting on her six-day-old child being turned away by a pediatrician, Ferndale, MI, January 18,…
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Summary All anybody is trying to do is live their lives and be given the service, be treated with respect as anyone else is treated. All we want is equality. –Petra E., Biloxi, MS, October 4, 2017 Over the past…
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Summary Historically, when children with atypical sex characteristics were born in the United States, the people around them—parents and doctors—made their best guess and assigned the child a sex. Parents then reared them per social gender norms.…
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Summary Reader Advisory: This report contains graphic descriptions of traumatic experiences, often affecting children. Intersex people in the United States are subjected to medical practices that can inflict irreversible physical and psychological…
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Summary It’s like walking through a hailstorm... —Polly R. (pseudonym), parent of gender non-conforming son, describing the hostile environment that LGBT children face in schools, Utah, December 2015 Outside the home, schools are the…
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Summary Over the past year, transgender individuals’ access to bathrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities has erupted as a divisive and sensationalized issue in political debates, statehouses, courts, and communities across the…
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Summary Do you see how much I’m suffering here? Do you think anyone deserves to be punished like this? … Sometimes I get anxious. … I thought about killing myself once, but then I regretted it and told myself I wasn’t going to do it. I said, ‘Lord,…
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Sex Workers at Risk Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution in Four US Cities Summary Key Recommendations To the Police Departments and District Attorneys of New York…
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Summary During a protest in Turkey in 2010, two students unfurled a banner that read, “We want free education, we will get it.” For this act and participation in other non-violent political …
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Getting Away with Torture The Bush Administration and Mistreatment of Detainees Summary Recommendations I. Background: Official Sanction for Crimes against Detainees II.…
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Rights at Risk: State Response to HIV in Mississippi Map of Mississippi I. Executive Summary II. Recommendations To the State of Mississippi To the United States Government To the…
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“Tough, Fair, and Practical” A Human Rights Framework for Immigration Reform in the United States I. Introduction II. Human Rights and Legalization for Undocumented Migrants Provide Remedies for Victims…
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No Direction Home Returns from Guantanamo to Yemen Summary Recommendations To the Government of the United States To the Government of Yemen To the League of Arab States, Member States of the European…
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Glossary Immigration-Related Terms Asylum: in the immigration context, safe haven provided to an individual who has a reasonable fear of persecution on account of race, religion, political opinion, national origin, or membership…
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January 2003                                                                                                               Vol 15, No. 1 (G) united states Uniform discrimination: The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy of the U.…
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In this report, Human Rights Watch charges the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) with violating the rights of unaccompanied children in its custody. The report finds that roughly one-third of detained children are held in punitive, jail-…