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January, 2016

  • 20 January

    Sexual assault and the European migrant trail–migrant women at high risk


    Amnesty International has released a report on the plight of women and girls on the migrant trail from Turkey into Europe and the results are grave.  Migrant women are at high risk of sexual violence, financial exploitation and harassment while other refugees, smugglers and security staff such as European police …

  • 16 January

    Migrants take to the streets in Cologne: “We are refugees from Syria. “We’re against racism, sexism and war.”

    (Deutsche Welle)

    Migrants in Germany have arranged their own protests against the New Years Eve attacks against women at the Cologne cathedral.  Reports of attacks on that night have now grown to over 500, leading primarily men to take to the street with signs declaring that not all migrants are responsible. The …

  • 14 January

    Shame: Decorated US Veterans Deported From US

    David Gilkey/NPR

    As the activity and rhetoric from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to increase, new details are emerging about cases of decorated veterans from immigrant families being deported due to improper status.  Serving in the military has always, since America’s founding, been a fast-track for immigrants to gain …

  • 7 January

    Germany cracks down on anti-migrant hate speech


    Because of Germany’s historical involvement in genocide, hate speech in Germany has been considered a serious crime since WWII.  While the far-right has often clashed with law enforcement by speaking out against migrants, since the wave of violence in Cologne on New Years Eve where over 100 sexual assaults and robberies by …

  • 6 January

    Mass sexual assault in Cologne, Germany propagated by hundreds on NYE

    - Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

    Local media in Cologne reports a large group of men, potentially up to a thousand, aged 15 to 35 and of Arab or North African decent sexually assaulted and raped women after setting off fireworks in the city center on New Year’s Eve. Police sent almost 150 local and 70 …

  • 6 January

    Sexual Violence on the European Migrant Trail


    The NYTimes reports on women being traded to smugglers in lieu of payment.  As migrants are being helped to resettle through illegal channels, women face particularly violent risks.  Read more.