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Virginia Vasquez

Austria and Hungary Implement Border Checks in Response to Refugee Deaths

Virginia Vasquez, Francis Bok Human Trafficking Awareness Fellow

Over the weekend, Austrian and Hungarian authorities arrested five people smugglers allegedly responsible for the deaths of 71 people, including eight women and four children (BBC). Officials suspect the 71 people suffocated in a food truck on the border between Austria and Hungary after being abandoned by the people they had paid for passage to […]

Madeline Ninno

Pope Inspires International Environmental Action

Madeline Ninno, Intern, Environment and Global Climate Change

As part of his campaign to combat climate change, Pope Francis organized a meeting of over 60 mayors from around the world on Tuesday (Guardian 1). During the meeting, the mayors pledged to fight climate change and help the poor cope with its effects. This is the first time the Vatican specifically invited local government […]

Virginia Vasquez

Malala Condemns World Leaders for Failing Syria’s Refugees

Virginia Vasquez, Intern, Human Rights and Human Trafficking

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest recipient of the Nobel peace prize and a champion of education rights for children, rebuked world leaders for failing in Syria’s humanitarian crisis (IsraelNationalNews). On July 12, Malala celebrated her 18th birthday by going to a refugee camp on the Syrian-Lebanese border and opening the Malala Yousafzai All-Girls School for 200 […]


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