That is where the passion and commitment of human rights defenders lies. They safeguard people of certain races or ethnicities, women, sexual
minorities—all of whom have faced violations of their rights in one form or another.
This week, Uruguay took an extremely important step when its President signed into law a bill allowing abortion services during the first trimester of
pregnancy, reversing its highly restrictive abortion law…
Uruguay is very close to becoming one of the few countries in Latin America to legalize abortion in the early stages of pregnancy. The country's Chamber of
Deputies voted in favor of the law on Tuesday…
In 2008, Manuela, a 33-year-old mother of two from El Salvador, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison after suffering severe
complications giving birth. From the moment that she arrived at the hospital seeking emergency health care, slipping in and out of…
Miguel and Ileana worked together for one year at a car dealership in the late 1980s. They fell for each other in 1989 and in love shortly thereafter. They
married in 1992, Ileana's three-year-old little girl took Miguel's last name, and the Yamunis became a family.
In August 2011, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) struck a blow for women worldwide when it
recognized—in the first preventable maternal death case to go before an international human rights body—that governments have an inescapable…