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March 03, 2014
By Jess Ballance This week, Human Rights First will profile just a few of the millions of women worldwide who are fighting discrimination and gender-based violence, who work tirelessly to make...
November 13, 2013
U.S. Should Offer Help in Combating Widespread Sexual Harassment Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today cautioned that while the formal Egyptian state of emergency may be lifted, Egypt’s...
October 23, 2013
Tonight, Human Rights FIrst will honor 2013 Nobel Laureate nominee Dr. Denis Mukwege of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with our Human Rights First Award. Dr. Mukwege has dedicated his...
August 28, 2013
Four years ago, Asia Bibi was asked to fetch water while working in the fields. Some of her Muslim fellow workers refused to drink it because they considered it to be “unclean” since it was collected...
August 28, 2013
Fifty years ago today Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. His remarks from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial laid out a soaring vision for an America free of racism...
June 21, 2013
By Chloe Kems Anonymous amateur photographers document the Bahraini revolution in all its forms. Photos have become a potent—and efficient—tool for frontline activists, who are able to quickly...
June 18, 2013
A teenage victim of trafficking and rape from the Balkans applied for asylum thirteen months after coming to the United States. Despite extensive evidence and testimony describing her trauma and her...

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Factsheet | June 10, 2014
Human Trafficking: Defining the Phenomenon Human trafficking is a human rights violation that involves the practice of holding another person in compelled service by force, fraud, or coercion....
Video | May 30, 2014
Teaser video for the panel addressing human trafficking at the 2013 Human Rights First Summit. 
Opinions | May 27, 2014
By Gen. Charles C. Krulak  Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States of America. As such, 2015 provides an important opportunity for faculty engaged in...
Opinions | January 30, 2014
By Elisa Massimino, Human Rights First In the lead up to the Super Bowl, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said his state was going to clamp down on trafficking. In a tweet, he wrote: "We are...