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JUSTICE
JUSTICE

'We Can't Do This on Our Own': How Mainstream Media Fails Missing Girls of Color

The outcry over the missing girls in Washington D.C. reveals a sobering truth: When girls and women of color go missing, their cases are far less likely to attract media attention.
Kimberly Lawson
3.29.17
sexual assault
sexual assault

Judge Clears Rich Teen of Schoolgirl Sexual Assault Because He Didn't Enjoy It

In Mexico, a judge has cleared a wealthy young man who abducted and attacked a classmate—because he didn’t take carnal pleasure from the act.
Sirin Kale
3.29.17
crime
crime

When Workplace Sexual Harassment Ends In Murder, Is the Company Responsible?

Alisha Bromfield's supervisor at Home Depot subjected her to aggressive sexual harassment before he murdered her and raped her corpse. This week, an appeals court ruled that the company must face a lawsuit for failing to intervene.
Gabby Bess
3.28.17
prison
prison

'Those Visits Were Everything': How Prison Visitation Cuts Devastate Families

Buried in the New York state budget is a proposal to cut weekday visits for over 20,000 inmates. For families of incarcerated people, this could mean barely having any real contact with their loved ones.
Victoria Law
3.22.17
Canada
Canada

Fury After Judge Acquits Cab Driver Accused of Assaulting Unconscious Passenger

Last week, a Canadian judge acquitted a man who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman after police found her in the back of his cab, unconscious and naked from the chest down. Amid public outrage, prosecutors have announced they're seeking an...
Kimberly Lawson
3.7.17
JUSTICE
JUSTICE

Five Years After the NYPD Killed Ramarley Graham, His Mom Waits for Justice

The trial and internal police review process have dragged on for years, and the officers involved in the killing of the unarmed teen still haven't been fired.
Gabby Bess
2.2.17
politics
politics

Chelsea Manning Is Exactly the Kind of Advocate We Need in 2017

As someone who risked her life and freedom to inform and empower the public, Manning's advocacy for transparency is a counter to the opaque practices of President Donald Trump.
Diana Tourjée
2.1.17
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice

Wombs as Crime Scenes: What Happens When Pregnant Women Lose Their Civil Rights

This month, Anna Yocca was released from jail, following over a year of incarceration. Though her case may seem extreme, it's really the most recent high-profile example of a troubling new trend: women being arrested and prosecuted—and often accused of...
Rebecca Grant
1.23.17
RACISM
RACISM

Behind Bars for 6 Months, Teen Accused of Killing Abusive Father Awaits Justice

15-year-old Bresha Meadows is accused of aggravated homicide for shooting and killing her father as he slept. Advocates say she and her family were victims of his prolonged abuse, and that Bresha is a hero who was acting to save them. Tomorrow, at her...
Aviva Stahl
1.19.17
Obama
Obama

Chelsea Manning to Be Freed From Prison in Five Months

Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence will be commuted to time served on May 17, 2017, according to a statement from the White House.
Diana Tourjée
1.17.17
Obama
Obama

A Mother, Serving 15 Years for Marijuana, Makes Last-Minute Plea for Freedom

Crystal Munoz is nine years into a 15-year sentence for possession of marijuana, a crime she says she never committed. With President Obama's time in office coming to an end, she fears this is her last chance for clemency—and her last chance to reunite...
Victoria Law
1.17.17
politics
politics

Obama Has Reportedly Put Chelsea Manning on Short List to Be Set Free

"Chelsea deserves a chance to be truly free to live her life. Her chance is now, and Obama is her only hope."
Diana Tourjée
1.11.17