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By: Editor | October 07, 2018

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Beatings, sleep deprivation, menacing and other brutal tactics have led to persistent mental health problems among detainees held in secret C.I.A. prisons and at Guantánamo.

Before the United States permitted a terrifying way of interrogating prisoners, government lawyers and intelligence officials assured themselves of one crucial outcome. They knew that the methods inflicted on terrorism suspects would be painful, shocking and far beyond what the country had ever accepted. But none of it, they concluded, would cause long lasting psychological harm.

Fifteen years later, it is clear they were wrong.

Today in Slovakia, Hussein al-Marfadi describes permanent headaches and disturbed sleep, plagued by memories of dogs ins...

By: Editor | October 07, 2018

Prisoners in 17 U.S. states went on strike on Aug. 21 by refusing to eat or work to call attention to a number of troubling issues, including dilapidated facilities, harsh sentences and other aspects of mass incarceration in America.

As we approach Labor Day, the strike places a spotlight on the questionable practice of putting prisoners to work for very low or no wagesExamples of what incarcerated people do or have done include answering customer service phone calls, fighting wildfires, packaging Starbucks coffee and producing consumer goods such as lingerie.

But this practice may run afoul of several U.S. legal commitments – including the 13th Amendment ending slavery – and even violates voluntary codes of co...

By: Editor | October 07, 2018

The United States resettled a paltry number of refugees in the 2018 fiscal year after President Donald Trump slashed the quota to a record low. 

Just 22,491 refugees were admitted into the U.S. in the 12 months prior to Sept. 30, when the fiscal year ended. The only time in the U.S. resettlement program’s history that the country has taken fewer refugees was in 1977, according to State Department data

The new resettlement figures show the U.S. took fewer than half of the 53,716 people who were resettled in fiscal 2017, and about one-quarter of the 84,994 who arrived the year before. The United Nations estimates that about 25.4 million people worldwide are refugees.

Trump lowered the refugee cap to 45,000 for fiscal 2018, the ...

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By: Editor | October 07, 2018

2018 SOCIAL WORKER OF THE YEAR


Sharam Kohan


The Social Worker of the Year Award honors Sharam Kohan who exemplifies the best of the profession’s values and achievements. In honoring the Social Worker of the Year, the Coalition highlights superb accomplishments in the practice of social work and social justice. Mr. Kohan demonstrated outstanding leadership, advocacy for clients, and took risks to achieve outstanding results.


Sharam Kohan has made significant contributions to the social work profession. Throughout his career he has embodied the essence of social work values. He has served on several boards of directors, successfully managed various behavioral health programs and refugees rescue services.


Sharam started working at the In...

By: Editor | December 31, 2017

Anti-government protesters demonstrated in Iran on Sunday in defiance of a warning by authorities of a crackdown, extending for a fourth day one of the most audacious challenges to the clerical leadership since pro-reform unrest in 2009.


Giving his first public reaction to the protests, President Hassan Rouhani appealed for calm, saying Iranians had the right to protest and criticize the authorities. 


But he warned, according to official media: “The government will show no tolerance for those who damage public properties, violate public order and create unrest in the society.”


Tens of thousands of people have protested across the country since Thursday against the Islamic Republic’s government and clerical elite.


Police in the center of Te...

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