150 experts from 20 Latin American countries participated in a UNICEF-sponsored conference, "Our Girls: the Right to Equity From Infancy," earlier this month.
Mario Luis Fuentes, director of the System for the Integral Development of the Family in Mexico, argued that laws governing domestic violence, child exploitation and sexual abuse do not reflect the seriousness of the crimes, and must be strengthened.
Child labor exploitation is rampant in impoverished Latin American countries, and the exploitation of girls is especially severe. Representatives from the Economic Commission for Latin America relayed research suggesting that indigent girls face greater violence and abuse in the streets and earn less money than do boys of similar age and ability.
Conference participants discussed strategies for upholding the rights of children and agreed to conduct further research on discrimination against girls in education, healthcare and employment.
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .