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Governor McAuliffe Restores Voting and Civil Rights to Over 200,000 Virginians

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Virginia Issues

Describes the action and includes the text of the Governor’s order that restores the civil and voting rights of 206,000 Virginia residents who were convicted of felonies, served their time, and completed all post-incarceration requirements.  From the Office of the Governor


Human Rights and Democracy: The 2014 Foreign and Commonwealth Office Report

Categories: Children,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Sex Issues,Terrorism,Women

The British perspective on the global human rights situation during 2014.  Reviews the situation in specific countries and describes what the British government is doing to promote human rights and democratic values overseas.  Identifies 27 countries of concern.  From the Foreign and Commonwealth Office


The National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction

Categories: Children,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Sex Issues

Provides a comprehensive threat assessment of the nature and scope of the current dangers facing U.S. children including child pornography offenses, child sexual abuse and sex trafficking, child sex tourism, and sex offense registry violations.  Also contains a section on the unique problems of child exploitation in Indian country.  Also reviews federal agency efforts to combat child exploitation.  From the Department of Justice


G.G. by his Next Friend and Mother, Deirdre Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Education,Headlines,Sex Issues,Supreme Court/courts

Decision of federal appeals court in Richmond that a transgender high school student in Gloucester County can sue the school board for a violation of his constitutional rights.  School board policy required students to use the bathroom of their biological sex rather than gender identity.  The court agreed with the U.S. Department of Education that the policy violated the law prohibiting sex discrimination in schools receiving federal funding.  From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit


Treasury Secretary Lew Announces Front of New $20 to Feature Harriet Tubman

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Govt Finance,Headlines,Women

Announces plans for changes to the $20, $10, and $5 bills with the portrait of Harriet Tubman to be featured on the new $20 bill and other features dedicated to civil rights and suffrage movements on the reverse of the $10 and $5 bills.  Includes complete text of letter following press release.  From the Treasury Department



2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

The annual report, now in its 40th year, on the status of human rights conditions in 199 countries and territories around the world.  Each country report follows a standard format with sections devoted to civil liberties, political freedoms, corruption in government, human trafficking, and worker rights.  From the State Department


Final Rule Extends New Religious Liberty Protections to Beneficiaries of Federally-funded Social Service Programs

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Welfare/Social Services

Agency press release that summarizes and explains the final regulation that provides religious liberty protections for beneficiaries of federally-funded social service programs while also clarifying the ability of religious providers to compete for government funds for service programs.  From the Department of Health and Human Services


Federal Agency Final Regulations Implementing Executive Order 13559: Fundamental Principles and Policymaking Criteria for Partnerships with Faith-Based and Other Neighborhood Organizations

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Welfare/Social Services

Text of final regulations from a series of federal agencies relating to religion and government programs.  The regulations provide religious liberty protections for beneficiaries of federal social service programs and clarify eligibility of faith-based organizations to participate in social service programs.  Also clarifies the types of activities that can and cannot be supported with direct federal financial assistance.  From the Department of Health and Human Services and other departments


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