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New Gold Standard Survey Shows Alarmingly High Rate of Sexual Exploitation Across the U.S.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. July 8, 2024 - A revised version of the Sexual Experiences Survey – Victimization (SES-V), the gold standard measurement of sexual exploitation designed for adults over age 18, has been released in a special issue of the Journal of Sex Research. As the first revision since 2007, the new SES-V is an interdisciplinary collaboration among […]

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Trump Is Immune From Criminal Prosecution for Official Acts, Supreme Court Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. July 1, 2024— Former President Donald Trump is immune from criminal prosecution for official acts he allegedly committed during his tenure, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in a landmark decision that could shield Trump from the indictments against him and dramatically redefine the limits of presidential power. The 6-3 decision comes months after […]

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CPJ welcomes reports that Assange will be released in plea deal

New York, June 24, 2024 — The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes reports that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be freed from prison in a plea deal with the United States Justice Department. “Julian Assange faced a prosecution that had grave implications for journalists and press freedom worldwide,” said CPJ CEO Jodie Ginsberg. “While we welcome the end […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge from United States, Families, and Doctors Against Transgender Health Care Ban

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2024 – The Supreme Court of the United States has granted certiorari in a legal challenge brought by the United States and Tennessee families and a medical provider against a 2023 state law banning gender-affirming medical care for transgender youth. The court is not expected to hear arguments until next fall. “The […]

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Civil Liberties Groups Will File Lawsuit Against Louisiana Law Requiring Public Schools to Display the Ten Commandments

BATON ROUGE, La. — The American Civil Liberties Union, the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the Freedom from Religion Foundation announced today that they will file suit to challenge a new Louisiana law that requires all public elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools to display the […]

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Study Reveals Increasing Polarization in Climate Change Coverage Between Elite and Heartland News Sources

New research led by the University of California San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy reveals a crucial disparity in how climate change is reported across different types of news outlets and locations. National newspapers, which are mostly concentrated along the coasts and in metropolitan areas have expanded their climate desks and significantly increased […]

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Federal Court Temporarily Halts Iowa's Anti-Immigrant SF 2340

June 18, 2024 - A federal court has temporarily blocked Iowa’s anti-immigrant SF 2340. The ruling is here:…r-justice-v-bird The ruling stems from a lawsuit recently filed by the American Immigration Council, the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, and the national ACLU on behalf of Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice and the thousands of immigrants […]

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Everytown Responds to Supreme Court’s Cargill Decision Striking Down ATF Rule Prohibiting Bump Stocks

NEW YORK, June 14, 2024 – Today, the United States Supreme Court struck down a rule issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to prohibit the production, sale, and possession of bump stocks, devices that are designed and intended to convert semi-automatic firearms into machine guns. As a result, the deadly […]

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Federal Court Blocks First State Law Restricting Health Care for Transgender Adults

June 11, 2024 (TALLAHASSEE) — A federal district court has permanently blocked Florida from enforcing a law that bans medical care for transgender adolescents and restricts it for transgender adults. The ruling in Doe v. Ladapo found that Florida SB 254 and the related Boards of Medicine (BOM) rules were motivated by disapproval of transgender […]

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Executive Order to Shut Down the Border Would Put Thousands of Lives at Risk

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2024 — The White House released today a fact sheet announcing details on an impending executive action from the Biden administration that will severely restrict people’s legal right to seek asylum. Among the measures announced, the administration will effectively shut off asylum for the overwhelming majority of people arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border once […]

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Women's Refugee Commission denounces Biden's actions that erode asylum and due process at the U.S.-Mexico border

Washington, D.C. June 4, 2024 – President Biden today announced a proclamation and interim final rule that will further ban access to asylum for people seeking safety at the U.S.-Mexico border. When southern border encounters with migrants reach an average of 2,500 per day over a week period, migrants entering between ports of entry will be ineligible […]

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AFT-NH and AFT Celebrate Victory in U.S. District Court Decision Rejecting New Hampshire’s ‘Divisive Concepts’ Law

CONCORD, N.H. May 28, 2024 —AFT-New Hampshire President Deb Howes and AFT President Randi Weingarten issued the following statements on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire’s decision to grant summary judgment rejecting as unconstitutional the state’s so-called divisive concept law, the misleadingly named Right to Freedom from Discrimination in Public Workplaces […]

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Senate Vote on Border Bill Highlights Need for Balanced, Humane Approach to Immigration

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2024 – The Senate today failed to move forward with the reintroduction of S. 4361, an extreme anti-immigrant bill that would have codified Trump-era immigration policies. The bill would have shut down the border, created a nearly impossible asylum standard, and massively expanded immigration detention, among other deterrence measures. In response to this […]

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U.S. lawmakers should govern AI to help people, not Big Tech companies’ interests

May 21, 2024 - Human rights must be at the core of artificial intelligence (AI) policy. Following last week’s release by U.S. Senate leadership of an industry-friendly AI policy framework, Access Now, with a coalition of civil society organizations, academics, and institutions are issuing a formal response urging lawmakers to center human rights by committing […]

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State Dept: Worldwide caution for potential for foreign terrorist-inspired violence against LGBTQI+ persons & events

May 18, 2024 - Worldwide Caution Location: Worldwide Event: Due to the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations, or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests, the Department of State advises U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution. The Department of State is aware of the increased potential for foreign terrorist organization-inspired violence against LGBTQI+ persons and events […]

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How to Detect and Guard Against Deceptive AI-Generated Election Information

Generative artificial intelligence is already being deployed to mislead and deceive voters in the 2024 election, making it imperative that voters take steps to identify inauthentic images, audio, video, and other content designed to deceptively influence their political opinions. While election disinformation has existed throughout our history, generative AI amps up the risks. It changes […]

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Americans United denounces plan to install statue of divisive Rev. Billy Graham in U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall

May 14, 2024 - Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement about the plan to install a statue of the Rev. Billy Graham in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, May 16, during a ceremony that Speaker of the House Mike Johnson will preside over: “Recognition […]

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