Human Rights

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An Irreversible Sentence

Using dubious evidence, Texas condemned Clinton Young to death almost 20 years ago. I traveled 3,000 miles to Texas to help him.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in the Texas Observer’s May/June 2021 print edition. Since its publication, prosecutor Ralph Petty has su...Read More

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Fighting Anti-Trans Legislation Takes a Toll on Texas Kids and Families

A record-breaking wave of anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced by state legislatures across the country this year. Texas lawmakers filed the most of any state, the majority of them attacking trans youth.

In 2015, after coming out as transgender at the start of 7th grade, 12-year-old Landon Richie traveled to Austin from Houston with his parents to speak to his r...Read More

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Bringing the Dead Home

Thirty years after Congress passed the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, only a fraction of human remains held by Texas’ museums and universities have been returned.

Thirty years after Congress passed the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, only a fraction of human remains held by Texas’ museums and uni...Read More

D.T.’s journey to the U.S. border to seek asylum began in Havana, where she and her husband faced police violence. by , and

Entre Fronteras

Desde una doctora varada en Ciudad Juárez, hasta un refugio cerrado después de un brote, el Covid-19 está golpeando fuertemente a lo largo de la frontera entre Texas y México.

Entre Fronteras Desde una doctora varada en Ciudad Juárez, hasta un refugio cerrado después de un brote, el Covid-19 está golpeando fuertemente a lo largo de...Read More

D.T.’s journey to the U.S. border to seek asylum began in Havana, where she and her husband faced police violence. by , and

Between Borders

From a doctor stranded in Ciudad Juárez to a shelter closed after an outbreak, COVID-19 is hitting hard along the Texas-Mexico border.

Between Borders From a doctor stranded in Ciudad Juárez to a shelter closed after an outbreak, COVID-19 is hitting hard along the Texas-Mexico border. By Anna-...Read More

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The Pandemic Is Just the Latest Threat Refugees in Abilene Face

The AbiMar Foods processing plant avoided disaster when COVID-19 spread across Texas, but as workers return to the new normal, they worry about keeping their jobs.

Mfaume Lawi has already lost his home several times. The first was during an attack on his village in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the civil war in t...Read More

En esta foto del martes 14 de abril de 2020, un joven con una mascarilla camina por el campamento de migrantes durante la pandemia de coronavirus en las afueras de El Puente Nuevo en Matamoros, México. (Denise Cathey / The Brownsville Herald vía AP) by

Feeding Refugees on the Texas Border Has Been Tough. Now There’s COVID-19.

Elizabeth “Lizee” Cavazos, who volunteers with Angry Tias and Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley, talks about the challenges of arranging food for a refugee camp in Matamoros as the coronavirus keeps volunteers stateside.

Since 2019, a crisis has been unfolding directly across the U.S.-Mexico border from Brownsville. About 2,000 refugees, largely from Central America, have been s...Read More

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