Gender Identity at the Borders

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The War on Drugs in Mexico

A human skull next to a dirt road
In this week’s takeover of Open Society’s Instagram feed, photographer Emmanuel Guillén Lozano documents violence and the failed war on drugs in Mexico.
A woman holding her passport © Narendra Shrestha/EPA/Newscom
The day after Donald Trump’s election, activists around the country mobilized to help people obtain or update their passports. The scramble reflected a serious concern for trans and intersex people: in many places, it remains nearly impossible to obtain legal documents that match their gender identities. Without them, trans and intersex people are particularly vulnerable to suspicion and harassment when crossing borders. Opponents of progressive gender recognition laws argue that they undermine national security and increase the risk of ID fraud. But there are ways to address these risks without violating human rights.


Criminal Justice

Q&A: Inside the Campaign to Close Rikers

A prison guard outside jail cells
An independent commission helped advance a long-running drive to shutter the notorious New York City jail complex on Rikers Island. What happens next?

Migration & Asylum

In the Mediterranean, Standing Back Is Not an Option

People wrapped in blankets on a ship at night
NGO search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean are a necessary moral response to a continuing humanitarian tragedy.


In a Time of Turmoil, a Path to Roma Self-Determination

A boy between two flags
Despite facing unprecedented crises today, Roma communities can draw on their collective strength and shared history to wrest control of their own futures.

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