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Human Sex Trafficking in Minnesota

By request from the State of Minnesota, The Advocates investigated and reported on the government response to sex-trafficking and the effectiveness of services available for trafficking victims, leading to the “Bill for an Act to Combat Trafficking in Minnesota”.

Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission Project

In this historic project, The Advocates collaborated directly with the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission to give Liberian refugees across the United States, the United Kingdom, and West Africa a role in the truth and reconciliation process.

Energy of a Nation Website

The Advocates provides an on-line immigration resource center with accurate and up-to-date facts, state and national reports, trainings, and legislation updates.

Nepal School Project

Through partnerships with Hoste Hainse and the local Nepali community, The Advocates combats child labor by providing a free elementary education and meal to disadvantaged Nepalese children.

B.I.A.S. (Building Immigrant Awareness and Support) Project

The Advocates works to build thriving diverse communities through the use of accurate and up-to-date information about the contributions of refugees and immigrants. 

Death Penalty Project

The Advocates educates and advocates against the death penalty worldwide, including providing domestic legal assistance.

Legal Reform in Bulgaria
On March 16, 2005, the Bulgarian Parliament passed “The Law on Domestic Violence”. The law, modeled after Minnesota’s Order for Protection law, is one of the first of its kind in the region to include Order for Protection provisions. The Advocates is now working to train judges and police in Bulgaria on issues regarding Order for Protection remedies and an improved justice system response to domestic violence.  Read more.
Minnesota Asylum Network
Health care professionals play an integral role in The Advocates' asylum cases, providing expert documentation of the physical and psychological effects of torture and violence suffered by asylum seekers. The Minnesota Asylum Network provides an opportunity for physicians, psychologists and other health care professionals to volunteer their time and expertise to help document the asylum claim. 

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Immigration Detention Project

The Advocates often provides the only legal assistance for non-citizens detained by immigration authorities in Minnesota by providing consultations and representation at their initial appearances in Immigration Court.

Oromo Project

The Oromo Project is designed to conduct fact-finding interviews in Minnesota about human rights abuses against the Oromo people in Ethiopia with the goal of raising awareness and providing information for advocacy efforts to improve the human rights situation in Ethiopia. The Oromo Project presents The Advocates with the opportunity to bring a human rights issue that directly affects as many as 10,000 ethnic Oromo members of our local community into global discussion by documenting systematic human rights violations. Read more
Stop Violence Against Women Website

The Advocates provides women's rights advocates around the world with information and advocacy tools focused on ending the most endemic forms of violence against women.