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Video Celebrates the 10-Year Anniversary of a Landmark Treaty

June 16 marks 10 years since the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted a groundbreaking treaty establishing global labor standards to protect domestic workers’ rights. In that time, 32 countries have joined and dozens have improved labor…
Domestic worker and human rights organizations join forces in Geneva, to demonstrate alongside the opening policy negotiations. June 2010.
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Migrant Workers Face Abuse and Exploitation

There are reports this week that Saudi authorities are seeking to abolish the notorious kafala (sponsorship) system in 2021. Under that system, some 10 million migrant workers’ legal status are tied to their employer—facilitating abuse and…
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DOJ Lawsuit Against Philadelphia Clinic Runs Counter to Public Health Goals

Last week, the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit to stop the opening of a safer injection site (SIS) in Philadelphia, claiming it violates the federal Controlled Substances Act. This misguided action not only places the health of people…
Discarded syringes in an open-air heroin market that has thrived for decades, slated for cleanup along train tracks a few miles outside the heart of Philadelphia
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Stronger Official Action Needed to Combat Asia-Pacific’s Fastest Growing HIV Epidemic

The Philippine Senate passed a bill on Monday that would amend the country’s 20-year-old AIDS law, and which promises to improve the government’s response to the HIV epidemic, the fastest-growing in the Asia-Pacific region. The draft…
Students receive free condoms at an event organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Metro Manila, July 11, 2014.
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Reversing Government Policy Failures on HIV/AIDS

The new Philippines country director of the United Nations program on HIV/AIDS, known as UNAIDS, is advocating condom use and comprehensive sexuality education as key planks in the agency’s strategy to address the country’s worsening…
New UNAIDS country director Dr. Louie Ocampo (in red and white shirt) joins HIV advocates in the Philippines.
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Philippines Should Demand Stronger Protections for Overseas Filipino Workers

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to cut off the flow of Filipino workers to the Middle East in response to incidents of rape and suicides of Filipinos in the region. “I’m sorry, all the Filipinos there, they…
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Abuses Linked to the Higher HIV Rates

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor those killed as a result of transphobia in the US in 2017. So far this year, at least 26 transgender men and women have died from murders that appear to have been motivated by bias, from…
An illustration depicts a transgender woman housed in a men's immigration detention facility.
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Visit Shines Light on Government Policy Failures

The United Nations special rapporteur on the right to health did something remarkable last week: he traveled to the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua. Dainius Puras’ two-day trip to Papua, part of a two-week official visit, was notable…
A woman who is infected with HIV prepares her medicines in a shelter house in Jayapura of the Indonesia Papua province November 27, 2008.
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Video Shows Moment That Domestic Worker Screams for Help, Falls

Last week, a horrifying video of an Ethiopian domestic worker falling from what media reports say is the seventh floor of an apartment building in Kuwait went viral. The video appears to have been filmed by the worker’s employer inside the flat with the…
A female employer and her children are accompanied by their domestic worker, back right, as they walk through The Avenues, an indoor luxury shopping center in Kuwait City.
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As HIV Rates Decline, Possible Budget Cuts Emerge as New Threat

Tuesday was the 25th anniversary of AIDSWatch, the annual convening of people living with HIV and their allies in Washington, DC, to urge Congress to protect access to health care and services. This year’s event was the biggest yet, with more than 600…
AIDSWatch participants with Senator Marco Rubio, March 28, 2017, Washington DC.
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But Senate Bill Needs Strong Language Promoting Condom Use

Philippine lawmakers finally took action this week to improve the government’s response to the country’s HIV epidemic, filing a draft law to replace the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998.Senate Bill 1390, if enacted, aims to improve…
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Setback for Efforts to Curb Fast-Growing HIV Epidemic

The Philippine Department of Education this week rejected a proposal to distribute condoms in public high schools. The proposal, made by the Department of Health, was an overdue response to the country’s worsening human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)…
Students receive free condoms at an event organized by the United Nations Population Fund in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, July 11, 2014.
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Improved Condom Access Essential to Address HIV Epidemic

The Philippine government has restored funding to service Filipinos’ reproductive health needs, most significantly for the estimated 13.4 million women who rely on government-supplied contraceptive products. The long-overdue move…
An NGO health worker holds contraceptive pills during a family planning session with housewives availing free pills in Tondo, Manila August 6, 2012.
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Crackdown on Activists Undermines Fight for Rights

Lebanon marked International Human Rights Day on Saturday by deporting Sujana Rana, a Nepalese migrant domestic worker involved in the struggle for the rights of migrant domestic workers. Her arrest and deportation suggests…
Sujana Rana being deported to Nepal from Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport.
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Austin, Indiana Became Epicenter of Severe HIV Outbreak

It may be World AIDS Day, but the prospect of “an AIDS-free generation,” a goal articulated by US President Barack Obama, is uncertain. While new HIV infections in the United States have dropped nearly 20 percent in the past decade, African-Americans, men…
A woman shows her clean syringes at the Aids Center of Queens County needle exchange outreach center in New York, November 28, 2006.
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World Lacks Data on People 50 and Older Living With HIV/ AIDS

The HIV epidemic is graying. An estimated 4.2 million people age 50 and older are living with HIV worldwide. This represents about 13 percent of all adults who live with the virus – up from just 3 to 8 percent in different regions in 1995. In sub-Saharan…
An HIV-positive 71-year-old man walks with caregivers during a visit by a home-based care team in the village of Nedwmba in the south of Zambia, February 23, 2015.
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Prisoners Most Neglected by Global HIV Response

After a period of decline, new HIV infections among adults across the globe are on the rise again. Michel Sidibe, executive director at UNAIDS, warned delegates at this year’s International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, that infection rates are…
International AIDS Conference, Durban, South Africa. July 2016.
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Working up to 18 hours per day for weeks without breaks or a day off. Being paid little, or not at all. Locked in their employers’ home, fed food scraps, their passports confiscated. These abuses can amount to modern slavery as defined by the United…
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Last year, I entered a prison cell in Brazil seemingly designed to breed tuberculosis. Sixty men shared only six cement bunks. Most slept on the bare floor, some in a tangle of hammocks. The intense heat and humidity made the stench of sweat, feces, and…
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The Philippine government has taken a serious step backward in its obligation to protect maternal health, reduce infant mortality, and prevent the spread of HIV. Last week, the Philippine Congress eliminated funding in the 2016…
An NGO health worker holds contraceptive pills during a family planning session with housewives availing free pills in Tondo, Manila August 6, 2012.