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California’s Prop 35: A Misguided Ballot Initiative Targeting the Wrong People for the Wrong Reasons

Photo: Steve Rhodes/flickr.

California voters hold the power this Election Day to decide if many thousands of people convicted of prostitution-related offenses in their state must now register as sex offenders.

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To Address Human Trafficking, the United States Must Take a New Approach

We continue to push President Barack Obama to recognize trafficking for what it is and not get mixed up in the politics of advocates who are not as focused on addressing the climate of fear and coercion endured by so many workers around the world.

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U.S. Policy and the Unjust Approach to Human Trafficking of the International Justice Mission

When you picture a human rights defender, are they carrying handcuffs? Are they removing you from your home or workplace and directing you into a police van?

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Former Bush Official: Trafficking Victims Don’t Need Access To Reproductive Health Services

The reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act has stalled thanks to a fight over “conscience clauses.”

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Global Roundup: As Olympics Near, Saudi Women Remain on the Sidelines

Weekly global roundup: Saudi women left on the Olympics sidelines; Lebanese activists demand marital rape laws; WHO says injectables still safe to use; Ugandan women trafficked to Malaysia; and a fatal witchcraft accusation in Nepal.

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The Evangelical Adoption Crusade

Even after the Silsby affair, when ten American missionaries were arrested in Haiti for attempted child theft, the Christian adoption movement is unchastened.

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Report: Police Abuse of Cambodian Sex Workers Made Worse by US Policies

A Human Rights Watch report documents police abuse of Cambodian sex workers, including rape, beatings, and deprivation of medical care. US policy is making the situation worse.

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Will Global Surrogacy Be Regulated?

Global surrogacy is a growing “industry.”  It has grave potential for human rights abuses, including coercion and trafficking in women for forced reproduction, among others. Yet there are no international standards limiting this practice nor enough research on the implications of surrogacy in countries where it is prevalent.  We must act now to investigate and regulate this industry before it is too late.

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Global Surrogacy in India: Legal, Ethical and Human Rights Implications of a Growing “Industry”

Gestational surrogacy, the latest trend in reproductive tourism, a sub-industry of medical tourism, has increased exponentially over the last several years as Americans, Europeans and others seek out surrogacy services abroad.  But neither the legal nor the ethical implications of these arrangements has been well-considered.

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Release of Baptist Missionaries May Be Delayed as Legal Advisor is Investigated

The release of 10 Baptist missionaries in Haiti may be delayed
because of accusations that one of their legal advisors is wanted for trafficking in women and children in El Salvador, and has warrants out for his arrest in the United States.

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