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Past articles by Aviva:

Bills Targeting Trans Kids Healthcare Have Flawed Science

Every major US medical group supports gender-affirming care for transgender youth, but experts say a vocal minority of “fringe extremists” has found receptive ears in legislatures across the country. → Read More


Prisons have already failed to contain Covid-19. What happens when the new variants arrive?

Prisoners say they’re "scared as hell" about a continued lack of vaccines, testing, and masks. → Read More

Indefinite silence: How SAMs imperil press freedom

Last week, a British judge ruled that Julian Assange could not be extradited to the United States, finding that he would likely be subjected to conditions of confinement so harsh he’d be at grave risk of taking his own life. The judge also determined that the charges against Assange did not constitute an attack on […] → Read More

What follows punishment?

Data shows that community-support circles decrease rates of sex-offender recidivism. One program may lead the way when it comes to reintegrating offenders into society. → Read More

Why federal prisons like the one where Epstein was held aren’t held accountable

When I awoke last Saturday morning to the news of Jeffrey Epstein’s death, I realized that the moment had come: the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC), the federal prison where he died, was about to get its fifteen minutes of fame. As a freelance investigative reporter who frequently covers the prison system, I’d spent years trying […] → Read More

Force-Feeding Is Cruel, Painful, and Degrading—and American Prisons Won’t Stop

In a Colorado supermax facility, hunger-striking detainees have been force-fed and barred from sharing their ordeal with the outside world. A prisoner breaks his silence for the first time. → Read More

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signs the country's most restrictive abortion bill into law

Pro-choice activists are in mourning this week after the Alabama state legislature passed the country's most restrictive abortion bill and Gov. Kay Ivey signed it into law on Thursday. → Read More

The Equal Rights Amendment may finally be ratified

Congress held a hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) on Tuesday, the first in 36 years. The development comes amidst a renewed effort on the part of state and federal Democratic legislators to push for the amendment’s ratification. → Read More

Women dominated the efforts to oust the president of Sudan

The 30-year rule of Sudan’s president Omar Hassan al-Bashir was ended on Thursday when the military announced it had finally unseated their leader, who governed with an iron fist and is wanted on charges of genocide. → Read More

Saudi sisters who fled from their families are granted asylum after months in Hong Kong

The development in their case comes after a months-long saga in which the women, who said they fled to escape an abusive family and restrictive society, hid out in Hong Kong and stayed in various safe houses out of fear they could be intercepted and forced to return home. → Read More

The Christchurch shooter fits the profile of most mass shooters: white and male

This attack, like almost all mass shootings, was perpetrated by a man. → Read More

Female leaders come together to denounce the global rise in right-wing authoritarianism

Populist nationalist political leaders have been increasingly rising to power in recent years all over the world — from Bolsonaro in Brazil to the success of the Vote Leave campaign in the UK to President Trump. Now a group of female leaders has banded together to warn the world about how this growing embrace of right-wing authoritarianism undermines women’s rights across the globe. → Read More

More women are having miscarriages while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Over the past two years, an estimated 30 women have had miscarriages while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to information released by the federal government and published by the Arizona Republic last week. → Read More

Trans woman is murdered after being deported to El Salvador — a country she left due to threats to her identity

Camila is the second trans woman reported killed in El Salvador just this month; in fact, she immigrated to the U.S. in the first place because she had received threat. Camila’s murder highlights the deadly impact of American immigration policies on vulnerable populations, especially women and LGTBQ people who migrated to the United States seeking safety. → Read More

Abortion stories depicted on TV are becoming increasingly diverse

According to a new study, there was an encouraging increase in diverse fictional depictions of abortion last year. → Read More

The docuseries 'Surviving R. Kelly' brings renewed scrutiny to allegations of abuse

By chronicling how these allegations against Kelly have been an open secret in the entertainment industry for years, the series' director dream hampton exposes how both Hollywood and the United States legal system have essentially enabled Kelly’s abuse by ignoring it. → Read More

The Women's March is embroiled in controversy regarding claims of anti-semitism

Just weeks before the third annual march, the organization is embroiled in controversy regarding claims of anti-Semitism among the March’s leadership. At least one local march has been canceled in response to these allegations, while others struggle to determine how to move forward. → Read More

These LA Activists Are Showing How to Fight Surveillance Under Trump

Racial justice organizers stopped the mayor from expanding an Islamophobic → Read More

The most marginalized women in the UK have been disproportionately affected by austerity measures

A recent Amnesty International report released on December 10, the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, reveals that women, particularly the most marginalized women in the UK, have been disproportionately affected by austerity measures implemented in 2010. → Read More

Indian activists are advocating for women's equal political representation in the nation

On Tuesday, in the run-up to the opening of the Indian legislature’s winter session on December 11, women’s groups came together to express frustration and outrage that the Women’s Reservation Bill, which aims to ensure Indian women’s equal representation in elected office, has not yet been passed. → Read More