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House Committee Votes to Reinstate Global Gag Rule (Again) and Other Misogynistic Amendments

Just weeks after publication of a major report underscoring the benefits of robust U.S. investment in family planning worldwide, the GOP-controlled House Foreign Affairs Committee voted in the early hours of the morning today to reinstate the Global Gag Rule with broader and more damaging implications than ever before.

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Trafficking Report: Less Sensationalism, More Reality

The State Department’s new Trafficking in Persons report suggests that the Obama administration will opt for evidence-based responses to trafficking over putting restrictions on women "for their own good."

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Obama Names Ambassador for International Women’s Issues

Obama has created a new State Department position to be an ambassador for international women’s issues.

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Will Obama’s State Department Respond to LGBT Persecution Abroad?

In Brussels last Friday, Secretary Clinton assured an audience at the European Parliament that “persecution and discrimination against gays and lesbians is something we take very seriously.” It’s time to turn those words into actions.

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Clinton to Name Human Rights Activist as Assistant Secretary of State

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to name human rights activist Michael Posner to the position of assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor.

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“Homeland” Security Under Napolitano, Key Player in Fight Against Trafficking

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and her team are important players in setting a new agenda for fighting human trafficking. But we have reason to be concerned about how they’ll do it.

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AIDS Advocates Call for Open Process For Global AIDS Administrator

Concerned about the next phase of leadership on US Global AIDS programs, some AIDS groups are calling on the Obama Administration for an open process to determine who gets appointed as Global AIDS Coordinator.

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HIV Prevention Hypocrisy Watch: Fight the Virus, Punish the Victim?

The U.S. must squarely face the hypocrisy of countries, like Senegal, that support crucial HIV-prevention efforts for men who have sex with men while simultaneously enforcing laws that criminalize homosexual conduct.

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