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Rural Women in Georgia Need Better Access to Care, Information to Reduce Risks

(Atlanta) – The United States federal and many state and local governments are not doing enough to end cervical cancer deaths, the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative for Economic and Social Justice (SRBWI) and Human Rights Watch said in a report…
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New Video Urges Congress to Include Equitable Access in Infrastructure Bill

(Washington, DC) – The United States Congress should support programs that ensure everyone in the US has access to safe and affordable water, Human Rights Watch said in a video released today. To advance this crucial goal, the US government should…
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Reverse Decades-Long Assault on Right to Join Unions; Curb Inequality

(Washington, DC) – The United States Senate should pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), five human rights and labor groups said today in releasing a question-and-answer document about the issue. The Senate should seize on a once-in…
Frontline healthcare workers in Minnesota picket for fair wages. 
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Reveal How Asylum Seekers at Border Were Short-Changed on Rights

(Washington) – Two years after the implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the “Remain in Mexico” program, newly released government records reveal US immigration agencies’ efforts in 2019 to rapidly deport thousands of…
Migrants seeking asylum wait in line with their case paperwork to meet with an attorney on Oct. 5, 2019, during a weekly trip by volunteers, lawyers, paralegals and interpreters to the migrant campsite outside El Puente Nuevo in Matamoros, Mexico.
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Follow Eviction Moratorium Extension with Financial Relief, Other Measures

(Washington) – Federal and state governments in the United States should move promptly to strengthen housing protections for renters during the Covid-19 pandemic, including with additional financial relief, Human Rights Watch said in a question-and-…
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Poverty Rising; Millions More May Soon Face Hunger, Eviction

(Washington, DC) – The United States Congress should strengthen and pass another round of Covid-19 emergency relief before existing protections expire, Human Rights Watch said today. One million new unemployment claims are being filed each week in the…
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New Law Threatens Workers’ Rights in US, Globally

(Los Angeles) – The passage of Proposition 22 in California is a blow to the rights of gig workers, effectively stripping them of the state’s minimum wage guarantee, paid sick leave, and other protections, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International…
Rally in California calling for the passage of Assembly Bill 5, a law that sought to provide wage and labor protections to gig workers.
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Right to Vote Should Not Be Undone by Baseless Lawsuits

(New York) – US President-elect Joe Biden should reverse four years of regression on human rights and immediately work to place respect for rights at the forefront of US laws and policies, Human Rights Watch said today. As the Associated Press, Fox…
Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Delaware on November 5, 2020, while Kamala Harris looks on. 
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Vote ‘No’ to Hold Companies Accountable for Minimum Wage, Other Labor Rights

(Los Angeles) – Californians should vote No on Proposition 22, a ballot measure that would eviscerate minimum wage and other labor rights protections for the state’s grocery app workers, Human Rights Watch said in a video released today. By rejecting…
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Requires Attorney Consultation on Rights

(Sacramento) – A new California law will protect children in police custody, Human Rights Watch said today. The measure, signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 30, 2020, will make sure youth talk with an attorney while deciding whether to waive…
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Improve Public Safety by Reducing Policing, Investing in Communities

(New York, NY) – Local, state, and federal governments in the United States should move beyond superficial changes and fundamentally rethink public safety by reducing the scope of policing, investing in community services, and ensuring abusive…
Police officers wait while people experiencing homelessness collect their belongings during a sweep of their encampment under a San Francisco, California freeway, March 1, 2016.
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Known releases approximately 5% of global prison population

(New York) – Governments are releasing from jails and prisons far too few people whose continued detention in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic is not justified, Human Rights Watch said today, based on a global media survey. Available…
Inmates sitting in an overcrowded jail in Manila, Philippines, February 2019.
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Targeted Payments, Housing Protection, Medical Coverage; Strong Oversight Critical

  (Washington, DC) – Future COVID-19 relief packages in the United States should be targeted to meet the basic needs of those most in distress, Human Rights Watch said today. Three previous packages passed by Congress fell short of…
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Insufficient Corporate Oversight; Long-Term Measures Needed

  (Washington, DC) – The United States government’s US$2 trillion economic package passed in response to COVID-19 contains important protections but will leave many low-income people unable to afford life necessities, Human Rights Watch…
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Cost of Coronavirus Care Could Lead to Crushing Medical Debt

  (Washington, DC) – The United States government should ensure that the costs of treatment for COVID-19 are not a barrier for anyone to access health care, Human Rights Watch said today. The potential financial burden resulting from…
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Virus Outbreak Highlights Structural Inequalities

(New York) – The COVID-19 outbreak in the United States has put a spotlight on economic inequalities and a fragile social safety net that leaves vulnerable communities to bear the economic brunt of the crisis, Human Rights Watch said today. US…
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Weakened Protections from Abusive Collectors, Reduced Oversight

(Washington, DC) – The Trump administration’s proposed rule on debt collection companies in the United States would severely undermine protections for consumers, Human Rights Watch said today. The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB)…
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Deregulation Will Worsen Hazardous Conditions

Trump administration policies threaten to worsen the already dangerous conditions for meatpacking workers in the United States, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Trump administration is weakening oversight of chicken, hog,…
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Even Short Stays in Jail Can Cause Permanent Harm to Families

(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) – Mothers in jail are being torn from their families and losing contact with their children even before they have been convicted of a crime, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a joint report…
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