Why Defending Human Rights Is Womenâs Work

Whether it is Black Lives Matter activists working to encourage and support school-age black girls so that they can thrive, formerly incarcerated black trans women fighting police brutality, Muslim women debunking dangerous stereotypes besetting their communities, or undocumented Latina women promoting the rights of domestic workers, women human rights defenders in America are building solidarity across movements to resist xenophobia, transphobia, and repression of free speech and the right to dissent. Here are four groups led by women and trans women human rights defenders whose work is rooted at the intersection of race, gender, immigration, and religion.

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