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The Women Behind Bars In El Salvador

The Women Behind Bars In El Salvador El Salvador’s total ban on abortion puts women’s health and lives in danger and denies them essential reproductive freedom. Right now, dozens of women are wrongfully imprisoned under [...]

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Teodora Is Free

    Teodora Is Free     Our client Teodora was released from prison this month. She was unjustly imprisoned for 11 years under El Salvador’s inhumane abortion law after suffering a stillbirth. Watch our [...]

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Freedom Denied

After 10 years of wrongful imprisonment after she had a stillbirth, our client Teodora was again denied her freedom. [UPDATE] Following 11 years of wrongful imprisonment after suffering an obstetric emergency, the Salvadoran Supreme Court [...]

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Justice Served

When Guadalupe took her first job as a domestic worker she had high hopes for her future. She was thrilled to be earning her own money, and often dreamed of the day she would become [...]

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Justice for Francisca

The Center successfully pursued the first-ever forced sterilization case of a person living with HIV in Latin America. For many women, having a child is one of the best days of their lives. For Francisca, [...]

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A Duty to Protect

The Zika outbreak threatens dire consequences in countries that have failed to prioritize women’s health and human rights. Katia lives in El Salvador, one of several Latin American countries where the government has advised women [...]

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Teresa Is Free

Teresa Is Free The Center generated international pressure to release another member of El Salvador’s wrongly imprisoned “Las 17.” Last week, 30-year-old Teresa held a photograph of her young son as she took the stand. [...]

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They Almost Killed Me

They Almost Killed Me A Salvadoran woman testifies about the abuse she suffered in jail after being imprisoned for having a miscarriage. And the Center fights back. When Cristina Quintanilla spoke into the microphone at [...]

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Reproductive rights are human rights.

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Our Top Five

In the face of ongoing, aggressive attacks on reproductive freedom in 2014, we continued to give our all to protect women’s fundamental rights—with big results. Keep up the momentum in 2015. Donate today. Here are [...]

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Unspeakable Cruelty

The Costa Rican government ignored its laws and inflicted brutal suffering on a woman who had every right to a legal abortion. Aurora was on the way to her friend’s house when the bleeding started. [...]

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Stopping All Violence

Last week, President Obama signed the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which funds support groups for and prosecution of violent crimes against women. VAWA has made an enormous impact over the years, [...]

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Review of Ecuador Draws Concern Over Sexual Violence in School Settings

Review of Ecuador Draws Concern Over Sexual Violence in School Settings At the end of November 2012, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) expressed its concern about a systemic pattern of sexual [...]

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People in need of protection

People in need of protection 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 [...]

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Reproductive rights are human rights.

Help us ensure that every government around the world guarantees them.