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Growing Number of Republican Voters Think Global Warming Caused by Human Activity

A report by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication finds that since Fall 2017 Republican registered voters have become more convinced that human-caused global warming is happening and are more supportive of several climate policies.  More

Livelihoods at Risk as Freshwater Species in Africa’s Largest Lake Face Extinction

Seventy-six percent of the freshwater species in East Africa’s Lake Victoria Basin are threatened with extinction, according to a report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. More

Establishing an Independent National Prosecutor’s Office in Mexico

A report by the Washington Office on Latin America and the Due Process of Law Foundation asserts that the creation of a new, independent National Prosecutor’s Office will play a critical role in strengthening Mexico’s troubled criminal justice system. More

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