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Immigration: We Can Balance Support with Security

August 16th, 2017 by Leila Milani, FUTURES' Senior International Policy Advocate

While many incoming freshmen college athletes are looking ahead and forward to the next chapter of their lives, a chapter they worked so hard to reach, an elite college-bound athlete — with the misfortune of being brought into the US at the age of 11 by his parents illegally in order to escape the violence in his home country of El Salvador — cannot look forward.

At the age of 19, Lizandro Claros Saravia was beyond worried about an uncertain future, and as he looked over his shoulder he saw the cement walls of his cell where he was to wait until his deportation. On August 2, Lizandro, along with his brother, were deported back to El Salvador.…

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Five Years Since Steubenville: Five Important Lessons

August 11th, 2017 by Tracy Tierney
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Today marks five years since the highly disturbing sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio.

Not only was this girl victimized in truly harrowing ways for hours and by multiple people—including several Steubenville High School football players—but much of it was documented on cell phones and shared with other students and on social media.

The survivor’s nightmare wasn’t over after the night of Aug. 11. The criminal case that ensued garnered nationwide attention, and public reaction included critiques of and threats toward the victim.…

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Small Town with a Big Heart: How I Met an Unsung Hero

August 1st, 2017 by Casey Corcoran, FUTURES’ Program Director, Children & Youth Program
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A few weeks ago, I traveled from my home in Boston to attend a conference in Delavan, Wisconsin, a small town about an hour southwest of Milwaukee.

As I was walking around downtown to grab lunch before I left for the airport to come home, I passed a little storefront called Neki’s Hope. Both a shop and a café, what caught my eye was a little sign in the window that said 10% of all their sales go toward domestic violence programs. I decided to stop in the little shop and see if anyone could tell me about the domestic violence services in the area.…

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Let’s Snatch Violence and Intimidation Out of Congress

July 31st, 2017 by Aaron Polkey, FUTURES' Staff Attorney, Outreach and Engagement
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Imagine the following outrageous scenario:

A man disagrees with a few of his women colleagues about a crucial organizational decision. In frustration, he states publicly that he would like to snatch a knot in their ass, and – if they were men – the disagreement could be settled with an Aaron Burr-style duel.…

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Vast Majority of Female Murder Victims Killed By Partners: New CDC Report

July 26th, 2017 by By Tracy Tierney
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Forget “stranger danger.”

More than half of the women murdered in the U.S. are killed by current or former romantic partners, the Center for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in a new report released last week. Only 16% of homicides against females are perpetrated by strangers, which is less than those by acquaintances and parents.…

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