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The Flores Settlement in Jeopardy in the Age of Trump

By: Pablo Castellanos On June 20, President Trump issued an Executive Order ending the family separation policy.[1]But this does not end the humanitarian crisis that he created.[2]The administration has stated that it will detain all families with children, regardless of whether they are asylum seekers, or pose a flight risk or a danger to the... Continue Reading →

Donald Trump’s New Regulations on Transgender Inmates Harm Trans People. So Did The Old Ones.

By: Caroline Witz When Lady Jae was sentenced to 27 years to life at the age of 27, she already identified as a woman. She was assigned to a men’s prison, however, and remains there to this day. Because Lady Jae has elected not to undergo gender confirmation surgery, she will not be transferred to... Continue Reading →

Closure of the Navajo Generating Station: An Environmental Double-Edged Sword

By: Francis Espiritu So far the overall status of the Navajo Generating Station is still in limbo. Currently the generating station supplies a significant percentage of Arizona’s electrical needs, and with the slated closure in 2019, it is expected that the dependency on coal within the state of Arizona will decrease. While the closure may... Continue Reading →

Sexual Harassment and the Wage Gap – the Link Between Power and Pay Disparities in the Workplace

By Victoria Comeaux In October of 2017, The New York Times and The New Yorker published reports that detailed serious allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood heavyweight producer Harvey Weinstein.[1] Weinstein has since been accused of sexual abuse, harassment, and misconduct by over eighty women, acts which span three decades.[2] Since the allegations... Continue Reading →

The Real Grinches of the Holidays: How Private Companies and Online Commissaries Use Care Packages to Prey Upon Families

By Corinne Merdegia Over the holidays, families of incarcerated individuals are barred by many correctional facilities from mailing gift packages or directly giving their loved ones presents during visits. Facilities enacted these strict measures in an effort to clamp down on prison/jail drug and weapon smuggling. Alternately, family and friends are encouraged to shop from... Continue Reading →

North Korean Refugees

By Verity Kang In light of the recent well-publicized and harrowing sprint of a defecting North Korean soldier across the Joint Security Area between North and South Korea, the world has been dramatically reminded of the humanitarian crises happening every day in North Korea.[1] The question, then, becomes: What are we doing about it? The... Continue Reading →

International Law and Targeted Killings in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

By Kaitlin Secker Israel’s targeted killings in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have often been the source of international controversy. Many violent conflicts ensued after the UN partitioned western Palestine into two states for the Jews and the Palestinian Arabs in 1947.[1] Some of the most notable, recent conflicts include the First and... Continue Reading →

Arizona Voter Initiatives and Strict Compliance

By Nicholas Bustamante The relevance of the United States Constitution in protecting civil liberties cannot be understated. However, similarly worthy of recognition and praise are the role state constitutions provide in augmenting and safeguarding civil liberties. One such example of a state constitution enhancing civil protections is Arizona, where personal privacy protections are made explicit[1].... Continue Reading →

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