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Subhash Kateel

ICE's Collateral Damage in an Ironic Sex Trafficking Raid

Subhash Kateel | Posted May 4, 2012


An article in this week's Miami Herald brought me back to November 2008, when I was an immigrant rights organizer in South Florida. It turns out that two men from Guatemala, Adolfo García and Julio Díaz, are set to be deported by...

Anna Kleinholz

My Voice Is Coming Back

Anna Kleinholz | Posted May 4, 2012

Teaching and artistry run in my blood. My mother was a teacher, and I taught drama to young people for over 20 years in New York. My father, Frank Kleinholz, was a world-renowned artist and guest lecturer at UM. I can tell you that there is nothing like waking up...

Michelle M. Ortiz

HR 4970 Empowers Abusers, Not Victims

Michelle M. Ortiz | Posted May 4, 2012

For nearly two decades, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has provided essential protections for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. VAWA was created because Congress recognized that abusers routinely used victims' immigration status to perpetuate the cycle of abuse.

Today, however, a U.S. House bill that...

Courtney Cachet

Throw a Last-Minute Cinco De Mayo Party and Not Be a Caliente Mess!

Courtney Cachet | Posted May 4, 2012

I LOVE Cinco De Mayo! I mean, duh -- tacos, margaritas, colorful décor. What's not to love? So I say, whether you want to take it outside or throw this fab fiesta indoors, throwing a Cinco de Mayo party should be like good Mexican food truck grub: Easy, cheap and...

Dr. Peggy Drexler

The Importance of Strong Role Models in Raising Sons and How to Find Them

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted May 4, 2012

At my final meeting with 10-year-old Quentin, a boy I'd been observing for many years, I gave him a gift. It was a video called Yankee Sluggers, and told the stories of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. For me, the gift symbolized my journey with Quentin and spoke directly to...

Ediberto Roman

I'm No Jimmy the Greek, But SB 1070 Likely to Be Left Toothless...

Ediberto Roman | Posted May 4, 2012

In the midst of traveling, I listened to news reports of the U.S. Supreme Court's apparent support for Arizona's immigration statute -- SB 1070. I was a bit surprised by these accounts. Though obviously no decision was rendered during oral argument, most reporters predicted the Court upholding Arizona's immigration measure....

Bennett L. Gershman

Whose Voice Is Screaming for Help? Zimmerman's or Martin's?

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted May 4, 2012

One of the key pieces of circumstantial evidence in the murder charge against George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin is a cry for help moments before the fatal shot that was recorded while a witness who heard the struggle made a 911 call to the police. Identifying the voice of...

Meredith A. Bennett-Smith

An American Tradition: Change the College Culture of Hazing

Meredith A. Bennett-Smith | Posted May 4, 2012

Robert Champion was a phenomenal musician from Atlanta. George Desdunes was a former altar boy from New York City -- a good student who dreamed of becoming a doctor. Both young men were socially adept, bright and when they left home for college had no problem finding a friend group....

Allessandra Bradley-Burns

Searching For Answers In Cuba

Allessandra Bradley-Burns | Posted May 4, 2012

My preliminary thoughts the eve of heading to Cuba are a series of questions. These questions are about religion, technology, politics and human connection, areas that I have been a dedicated student of over the last twenty years. My first questions are broad: what will be the spiritual, technological and...