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A Guide for Litigating Torture Cases in Mexico

The Manual for the Defense of Victims of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment provides lawyers with a practical guide for presenting torture cases in court.  More

A Prosecutors Guide on Missing Persons Investigations

The Manual for the Right Implementation of the General Law on Missing Persons and the Standardized Search Protocol will assist prosecutors and other public servants with missing person investigations. More

Study Finds Big Tech Lacks Transparency on Privacy and Online Speech

Top companies fail to disclose key policies and practices affecting their users’ freedom of expression and privacy, according to the Ranking Digital Rights 2018 Corporate Accountability Index. More

How Foundations Are Changing to Maximize Impact

Many foundations are adopting creative new approaches to creating social change, according to a MacArthur-supported report by consulting firm FSG.  More

Shifting Behavior Related to Gender Norms, Power Dynamics

A study by Promundo found a social science-based curriculum for couples in Rwanda reduced intimate partner violence by 40 percent after almost two years. More

Visualizing 10.6 Million Jail Admissions Each Year

An artistic collaboration between Prison Policy Initiative and data journalist and illustrator Mona Chalabi provides a visualization of the 10.6 million jail admissions in the United States every year. More

Investigation into Missing Students Marred by Torture and Cover-Ups

A report asserts that 34 of 129 people prosecuted in connection with the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa in 2014 were arbitrarily detained and tortured in order to extract information or confessions.  More

State of Funding for Women’s Environmental Action

A study by Global Greengrants Fund shows that women are at the forefront of environmental action locally and globally, and funders are providing more than $100 million each year to support the intersection of women and the environment. More

The Big Picture of Mass Incarceration

The Prison Policy Initiative’s Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2018 shows that U.S. jails admitted nearly 11 million people in 2016, and half a million people are detained in jails before trial every day. More

Report Examines Whether Iran’s Missiles Are Nuclear Capable

Iran has the largest and most diverse ballistic-missile arsenal in the Middle East, according to a report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. More