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The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls' Story

July 9, 2015

This report exposes the ways in which we criminalize girls -- especially girls of color -- who have been sexually and physically abused, and it offers policy recommendations to dismantle the abuse to prison pipeline. It illustrates the pipeline with examples, including the detention of girls who are victims of sex trafficking, girls who run away or become truant because of abuse they experience, and girls who cross into juvenile justice from the child welfare system. By illuminating both the problem and potential solutions, we hope to make the first step toward ending the cycle of victimization-to-imprisonment for marginalized girls.

After Citizens United: The Story in the States

October 9, 2014

Since 2010, outside spending in state elections has increased dramatically, according a report by the Brennan Center for Justice, a MacArthur grantee. In campaigns for state and local office, the difference between outside spending and that of candidates and campaigns is often even more porous than in federal elections. "After Citizens United: The Story in the States" investigates the prevention of non-candidate spending abuses in 15 states, revealing a pervasive set of poorly designed laws with a few states promoting tougher enforcement.

Silence or Death in Mexico's Press: Crime, Violence, and Corruption Are Destroying the Country's Journalism

September 8, 2010

Examines the culture of bribery, extortion, and police complicity; murders and kidnappings of journalists; and the resulting self-censorship. Includes case studies, lists of the dead and missing, and recommendations for governments and journalists.

Greening Consumer Electronics: Moving Away From Bromine and Chlorine

September 30, 2009

Presents case studies of seven electronics companies that have engineered environmental solutions that eliminate the use of most brominated and chlorinated chemicals that generate toxic materials. Discusses global standards and regulations.

The Use of Raids to Fight Trafficking in Persons

January 9, 2009

This report summarizes the findings of a human rights documentation project conducted by the Sex Workers Project in 2007 and 2008 to explore the impacts and effectiveness of current anti-trafficking approaches in the US from a variety of perspectives. It is among the first efforts since the passage of the TVPA to give voice to the perspectives of trafficked persons and sex workers who have experienced anti-trafficking raids. A total of 46 people were interviewed for this report, including immigrant sex workers and trafficked persons who have experienced raids or otherwise had contact with law enforcement, along with service providers, attorneys, and law enforcement personnel. The data collected from this small to medium-sized sample is extremely rich, and suggests that vice raids conducted by local law enforcement agencies are an ineffective means oflocating and identifying trafficked persons. Our research also reveals that vice raids and federal anti-trafficking raids are all too frequently accompanied by violations of the human rights of trafficked persons and sex workers alike, and can therefore be counterproductive to the underlying goals of anti-trafficking initiatives.Our findings suggest that a rights-based and "victim-centered" approach to trafficking in persons requires the development and promotion of alternate methods of identifying and protecting the rights of trafficked persons which prioritizethe needs, agency, and self-determination of trafficking survivors.They also indicate that preventative approaches, which address the circumstances that facilitate trafficking in persons, should be pursued over law enforcement based responses.

Race Realities in New York City: a NYC CERD Shadow Report

December 1, 2007

New York City is home to enduring race disparities. New Yorkers of color are less likely to graduate from high school, to have health coverage, or to own a home yet are more likely to live in poverty, to get arrested, to lack voting rights, or to live in foster care. Discrimination in any of these arenas can lead to discrimination in another--as witnessed, for example, by the link between arrest rates and voter disenfranchisement. The result is a nearly systematic experience of discrimination borne disproportionately by people of color. These race disparities, which persist even after controlling for income, are often the direct or indirect consequences of government policies and practices. Under the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), to which the United States and thus New York City is party, New York City has an obligation to remedy this problem

State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security

January 1, 2005

Security concerns remain high on the world's agenda. In this year's annual report, Worldwatch researchers explore underlying sources of global insecurity including poverty, infectious disease, environmental degradation, and rising competition over oil and other resources. Find out why terrorism is just symptomatic of a far broader set of complex problems that require more than a military response.