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'For people like you, there is no law'

Last Updated by Sarah Barrett on

A bill could allow transgender people to change their sex on their identification, but Guatemala remains a dangerous country for those who identify as trans.

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With pipeline decision, Canada's Trudeau draws ire of environmental supporters

Last Updated by Stephen Schmidt on

When Justin Trudeau was elected as the prime minister of Canada in 2015 he did so on a platform that pledged to reform the country's environmental laws. Recent news of the Canadian government agreeing to fund a sands oil pipeline extension has many who voted for him questioning his motives.

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Discussion: What trauma are separated migrant children now dealing with?

Last Updated by Steven Davy on

What are the potential health impacts on children who have been separated from their families at the border? Harvard's Dr. Jack Shonkoff, an expert on toxic stress in children, raises serious concerns about what the kids separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border might be experiencing and the long-term impacts of the trauma.

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Deporting asylum-seekers without giving them a chance to make their case would violate US and international laws

Last Updated by Angilee Shah, Lydia Emmanouilidou on

President Donald Trump’s tweets show an “ignorance of the law,” says immigration attorney Charles Kuck.

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Family separation under ‘zero-tolerance’ policy could leave lasting trauma in children, pediatric doctor says

Last Updated by Alexandra Botti, Stephen Schmidt on

It has become a hot-button topic in American politics. But beyond the numbers of children being separated from their parents at the border are very real, long-term effects from toxic stress, one expert says.

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Unprecedented wave of political violence rocks Mexico

Last Updated by Alice Driver on

As Mexico prepares for elections, 113 political candidates and eight journalists have been murdered since the election process began last September. According to a recent report on political violence, 72 percent of the violence targeted opposition candidates.

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Oregon senator is denied access to a migrant children's center in Texas

Last Updated by Adam Wernick on

Over the weekend, Senator Jeff Merkley paid a visit to the Southwest Key Casa Padre migrant children's shelter in Brownsville, Texas. He was refused entry.

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A March For Our Lives activist in Newark wants communities of color to be listened to

Last Updated by Jahne Benthall on

Jahne Benthall attended the March For Our Lives in Newark, N.J. While she's proud of what she did, she wants more attention to be to the gun violence that some communities of color face every day.

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July's monsoon will exacerbate a public health crisis in Rohingya refugee camps

Last Updated by Stephen Schmidt on

Rohingya refugees living in the Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh have struggled to get adequate food, housing and medical supplies since their arrival. The upcoming monsoon season is sure to strain already less-than-ideal infrastructure.

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President Trump’s ‘animals’ comment points to a dark history of using dehumanizing language

Last Updated by Ellen Frankman, Stephen Schmidt on

The terms President Trump has used to describe a group of Latino immigrants can have serious societal consequences.

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We've heard of AIPAC, but where are the Palestinian lobby groups?

Last Updated by John Hockenberry, Mark Effron, Celeste Headlee on

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the pro-Israeli lobbying group in Washington, have been in the headlines all week long. Why don't we see more Palestinian lobbying groups?

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In Oklahoma, some teachers try to make ends meet. Others move out of state for better pay.

Last Updated by Asher Stockler on

Suzanne Sutton watches her money carefully and works a second job after school. But Shawn Sheehan, who was named Oklahoma’s 2016 teacher of the year, took a teaching job in Texas.

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The world is actually safer than ever. And here's the data to prove that

Last Updated by T.J. Raphael on

The world has seemed pretty scary this year. War, polar vortex, Ebola, terrorism — they've all made an appearance in 2014. But things are actually still getting better — and here's the data that proves it.

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When health care comes with harassment: Photographing abortion clinic protests

Last Updated by T.J. Raphael on

Wendi Kent photographs protesters outside of family planning clinics. She says she tries hard to stay away from creating any kind of spin around the photos.

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In the 45 years since Roe v. Wade, states have passed 1,193 abortion restrictions

Last Updated by T.J. Raphael, Amber Hall on

"Back then, you just took your chance," said Barbara, about abortion in the mid-1950s in Oklahoma.

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