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Harry Bruinius

2 March 2018

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Two women travel on a journey seeking to heal pain through forgiveness with the help of a program in Baltimore that brings together mothers who have lost sons to violence. One woman's son was murdered and the other wo...

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Harry Bruinius

15 February 2018

New York, New York

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Criticism and protests led by community activists in NY led to wide scale changes in NYPD’s policing, it resulted in a large decrease at the unequal way the NYPD racially profiled black and latino men. Many of this ac...

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Howard LaFranchi

14 February 2018

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All-female police units in Jaipur are patrolling hotspots for sexual harassment and gender-based violence, such as bus stops and parks. Among the first in India, these units, as well as all-women police stations, are ...

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Ryan Lenora Brown

7 February 2018

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Sweden is the first country to put gender equality at the center of its foreign policy, calling the protection of women and girls’ human rights one of the greatest challenges of the century. Announced in 2014, the sta...

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Whitney Eulich

17 January 2018

Costa Rica

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Starting in the mid 1980s and 1990s, African and Latin American countries began to implement “gender quotas” to integrate more women in politics. Now, “12 of the top 20 countries in the world for women’s legislative r...

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Harry Bruinius

3 January 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Crime in New York City dropped to record lows, putting murder rates on par with rural states like Montana and Wyoming. Officials credit “precision policing” made possible by the CompStat system, as well as initiatives...

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Story Hinckley

3 January 2018

France

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Around the world, "1.3 billion metric tons, or one-third of all the food produced, is thrown away.” France is tackling the issue, by becoming the first country to make it illegal for grocery stores to throw away unuse...

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Sara Miller Llana

29 December 2017

Iceland

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In the late 1990s, Iceland had both a high rate of teen alcohol abuse and a lackadaisical attitude towards that abuse. Responses to these issues included instituting a curfew, investment in after school activities, an...

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Sara Schonhardt

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28 December 2017

Tierra Blanca, Guatemala

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In some rural parts of Guatemala, "more than half the girls..marry before the age of 18." While a coalition of organizations was able to lobby lawmakers, and raise the legal marriage age to 18, real changed happened a...

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Gretel Kauffman

26 December 2017

Rwanda

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Research says that bilingual kids reap significant benefits from reading in their primary language. One nonprofit working in Rwanda, Congo, Haiti, Cambodia, and Mongolia provides digital books in students' strongest l...

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Amadou Diallo

5 December 2017

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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In high-poverty urban schools student retention is a major issue, often school is the last concern for these children. Now, City Year and other nonprofits have university students come to the high schools and tutor or...

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Christa Case Bryant

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29 November 2017

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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St. Louis-based We Stories provides parents with a course curriculum and reading list for the children with the goal of sparking conversations about race, oppression, and cultural awareness. The target audience of the...

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Amadou Diallo

21 November 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Benito Juarez Community Academy in Chicago was once reputed for gang violence, struggled to support its predominantly minority students, and was had been on academic probation for nearly two decades. A revolutionary a...

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Amadou Diallo

16 November 2017

Ohio, United States

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High school students in rural areas show lower rates of college degrees and have fewer opportunities such as not having a dual enrolment program that allows them to take college courses while in high school. Ohio Appa...

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Carmen K. Sisson

17 October 2017

Refugio, Texas, United States

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Refugio, Texas was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey, leaving behind damaged houses, schools and businesses and people who can not afford to rebuild their lives. However, this town has used its community and found strength ...

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Scott Peterson

27 July 2017

Hargeisa, Somalia

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In the face of severe drought and one of the worst humanitarian crises since World War II, nations on the Horn of Africa are fighting to stave off famine and the spread of disease. Some places, like Somaliland, have b...

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Peter Ford

26 July 2017

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Droughts and famines tend to afflict countries in cyclical fashion. But where chronic malnutrition is endemic, such as in Madagascar, they strike harder. Health education is a start, aid groups say – but adjusting pri...

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Peter Ford

25 July 2017

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Drought in Madagascar grows worse each year as its minimal public infrastructure and extensive poverty slow efforts by the UN and various NGOs for food and water distribution. But in recognizing the severity of the cy...

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Ryan Lenora Brown

24 July 2017

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s cosmopolitan capital, has long been considered a whole world apart from surrounding rural communities, all of which suffer endlessly from reoccurring droughts and civil war. But now, thanks to ...

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Henry Gass

17 July 2017

Texas

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Across the country, a small number of young prosecutors are changing the face of our current criminal justice system. They are moving away from the “strict law-and-order practices of the past,” and employing a more li...

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Christopher Johnston

9 July 2017

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Largely unbeknownst to the public eye, Cleveland has been battling human trafficking in various forms for many years. But recently, the city has become a leader in trying to eradicate this longstanding problem, thanks...

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Henry Gass

14 June 2017

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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New Orleans is home to a high number of teens with severe trauma and emotional disturbance, who are underserved in regular school settings. Alternative programs that focus more on 'behavior than academics' are offerin...

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Jessica Mendoza

22 May 2017

San Francisco, California, United States

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As urban youth struggle to get onto a career track, Year Up equips them with technical skills and professional support for entering the job market. The initiative has scaled nationally in the United States,and has giv...

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Kristen Chick

26 April 2017

Beirut, Lebanon

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Syrian refugees have experienced an increase in domestic violence, and some men have projected their stresses onto women or their children. Instead of reprimanding the men, some aid organizations have set up support g...

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Tom A. Peter

16 April 2017

Samso, Denmark

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Samsø, a small island in Denmark, has done what no other city has: reached energy dependence. People on the island use a combination of wind, solar, and biomass, energy. How is such a large feat accomplished? Local ...

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