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Summary When “Elena” (not her real name) discovered she was pregnant at age 16, she carefully considered her options and decided she was not ready to parent. She knew she wanted an abortion, but she wasn’t able to discuss her decision with her mother…
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Summary Jasmine D., a pseudonym, is a 21-year-old student in Birmingham, Alabama, who was recently treated for chlamydia, a common sexually transmitted infection (STI). It is preventable and treatable. Left untreated though, it can lead to serious…
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Summary The US government has deported people to face abuse and even death in El Salvador. The US is not solely responsible—Salvadoran gangs who prey on deportees and Salvadoran authorities who harm deportees or who do little or nothing…
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  Summary [W]e should never, ever see cervical cancer. Not in the United States. I had a lady two years ago, she had no money and came up here because she was having spotting after intercourse for two years. Hadn't had a pap…
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Summary United States immigration authorities routinely detain men, women, and children, including infants, in frigid holding cells, sometimes for days, when they are taken into custody at or near the US border with Mexico. Migrants and…
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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 Juliet Simmons was drugged and raped in her US Air Force barracks in August 2007. She reported her assault through the proper channels, though her first sergeant made it clear he did not believe her. Although she continued to do…
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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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Embattled Retaliation against Sexual Assault Survivors in the US Military Acknowledgements Summary Research Focus Retaliation Impact of Punishment…
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Claiming Rights Domestic Workers’ Movements and Global Advances for Labor Reform Introduction I. Background II. Ratifications of the Domestic Workers Convention…
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Glossary / Examples of Statements Allegation: An allegation under Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) guidelines is “a complaint of sexual abuse, that after …
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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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Cultivating Fear: The Vulnerability of Immigrant Farmworkers in the US to Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Patricia M.’s Story Summary Key Recommendations To the…
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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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Failing its Families Lack of Paid Leave and Work-Family Supports in the US Summary Profiles of Parents Lacking Work-Family Supports Methodology I. Background: US Workforce Changes and Gender Inequality…
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Rights on the Line Human Rights Watch Work on Abuses against Migrants in 2010 Summary Key Recommendations I. Exploitation of Migrant Workers Indonesia and Malaysia Kazakhstan Kuwait …
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  Detained and at Risk  Sexual Abuse and Harassment in United States Immigration Detention Summary Methodology Background International and US Law and Standards Known Incidents and Allegations…
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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…