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I Am a Complicated Latina Feminist, Ending Violence

Tina as a child.

For me, loving my culture means wanting to embrace it and smash it at the same time.

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More Bad News on Russian Adoptions Predicted After Another Adoptee Death

U.S. Navy Lt.j.g. Jessica Gandy distributes brownies to Russian children living in Cape of Turtle orphanage, located in Salograd, Russia.

Three-year-old Russian adoptee Maxim Kuzmin’s death has been ruled accidental. Still, there may be more bad news to come on the Russian adoption front.

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House Vote on Violence Against Women Act Comes on Last Day of Teen Violence Prevention Month

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) today, the final day of Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) today, the final day of Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month. So what’s at stake for youth?

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New Jersey Supreme Court Unanimously Holds Child Abuse Statute Doesn’t Apply to Fetuses

From Michael Dunn's acquittal in the murder of Jordan Davis to a pending nominee to the federal bench, now more than ever our courts matter.

A unanimous state Supreme Court overturns a finding of child abuse based solely on pre-natal drug exposure and provides a well-reasoned opinion why these kinds of abuse prosecutions hurt vulnerable families.

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Russian Ban on Inter-Country Adoptions to the United States is a Child Rights Issue

Photo: NPR.

Anyone who follows inter-country adoption and its dramatic decline since 2004 can see that Russia’s ban on inter-country adoptions to the United States is the final slamming of a door that has been slowly closing for a number of years.

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In Peru, an Epidemic of Rape and Double Jeopardy for Rape Victims Seeking Abortion

Peru has more reported cases of rape and sexual violence than any other country in South America. Eight in ten of these victims are minors. Women and girls in this situation are faced with two options: seek an illegal abortion and risk going to jail or carry the pregnancy to term.

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The Bali Global Youth Declaration: For Young People, By Young People

(youthpolicy.org/Flickr)

Moving forward, our agenda is clear: young people must be meaningfully involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of international development policies.

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Conservatives Must Stop Blaming Victims for Violence Against Them

With a plodding inevitability, conservatives have started to blame Kasandra Perkins for the choice of an entire other person to pull the trigger and take her life. But this is an urge that not only can be resisted, but should be resisted.

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Eric Holder Staying On As Attorney General Is Good News For Reproductive Rights

photo courtesy of ryanjreily via Flickr

Under Attorney General Eric Holder, the Department of Justice has gotten serious about FACE prosecutions.

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Raped by My Stepfather: A Survivor of Illegal Abortion On Why Safe, Legal Abortion is Essential

Richard Mourdock argued in a debate that women who have been raped should not have access to abortion services because their pregnancies are a “gift from god.” As a survivor of childhood sexual violence, I disagree with him completely.

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