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Pulitzer Winner Jose Antonio Vargas Still Wrestles With Being Gay
Vargas came out about his immigration status publicly in 2011 and has since devoted his entire career to fighting for the rights of undocumented people.
Now Vargas is ready to focus more energy on himself, starting with his sexuality. "I'm trying to understand the gay thing," Vargas says. He makes a point to say that he's 38 years old and has never had a serious romantic relationship. Being undocumented has colored his entire life, even his personal relationships he's still discovering.
On this week's episode of LGBTQ&A, Jose Antonio Vargas talks about becoming more comfortable with his queerness, why the mainstream media's coverage of immigration is so dangerous, and the silver lining of the Trump era.
Modi's party chief vows to throw illegal immigrants in India into Bay of Bengal
The head of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Hindu nationalist party took his invective against illegal Muslim immigrants to a new level this week as the general election kicked off, promising to throw them into the Bay of Bengal.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah referred such illegal immigrants as “termites”, a description he also used last September, when he drew condemnation from rights groups. The U.S. State Department also noted the remark in its annual human rights report.
“Infiltrators are like termites in the soil of Bengal,” Shah said on Thursday at a rally in the eastern state of West Bengal, as voting in India’s 39-day general election started.
“A Bharatiya Janata Party government will pick up infiltrators one by one and throw them into the Bay of Bengal,” he said, referring to illegal immigrants from neighboring Muslim-majority Bangladesh.
Farmworker Women Facing Sexual Harassment are Offered Few Protections
We come in contact with the labor of farmworkers every time we eat, which means every day thousands of women across the country put their bodies on the line to nourish ours.
There are approximately two to three million people employed as farmworkers across the United States, the majority of whom were born in Mexico, according to the 2015–2016 National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS). According to NAWS, women make up approximately 32% of that workforce.
They plant, harvest, and package the food we eat. Their long hours, strenuous working conditions, and agricultural expertise provide the sustenance that fuels our country’s diet.
All farmworkers are susceptible to pesticide exposure, lack of protections through labor laws, and what some activists refer to as modern slavery conditions, but the added threat of sexual violence puts women in the agriculture industry at added risk. Specific laws are lacking, women farmworkers are often excluded from established conversations about harassment in the workplace, and the violence continues.
Migrant 10-year-old sexually assaulted, given drugs in custody, lawsuit says
A Guatemalan father filed a lawsuit against two nonprofits housing migrant children, claiming his 10-year-old son was given “powerful psychotropic drugs” without parental consent and sexually assaulted by another child during his time in government custody.
The father, identified only as J. E. B., claimed in the lawsuit filed in state court in Texas last week that both Southwest Key and Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas “acted with fraud, malice, and gross neglect” in their treatment of his son.
The lawsuit also claims that the boy, identified as F.C.B. in the suit, was subjected to physical assault, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress by both facilities.
Ohio pastor who allegedly groomed teen for sex with others convicted
Man Gets Death for Rape, Murder of Girlfriend's Daughter in Front of Her; Mom Called Teen 'Nonentity'
CALIFORNIA MAN CONVICTED OF USING UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS FOR FORCED LABOR
The owner of a construction companies in California was convicted of committing forced labor, according to a Monday press release from the United States Attorney's Office from the Northern District of California.
Job Torres Hernandez, 38, was convicted on one count of "forced labor" and one count of "harboring illegal aliens for commercial advantage or private financial gain," according to the press release.
Job Torres recruited workers from Mexico, who he forced to live in poor conditions and did not pay, the statement said. Undocumented immigrants, identified in court documents by their initials, testified at trial about the conditions. They said they were forced to work 24-hour shifts, lived in a commercial warehouse and a garage in Hayward and were restricted in using bathrooms and showers.
A superseding indictment, filed in December, said Hernandez obtained the labor of his employees by "physical restraint and threats of force, threats of serious harm, means of abuse and threatened abuse of law and legal process and means of a scheme, plan and pattern intended to cause his employees to believe that if they did not perform such labor or services, they would suffer serious harm."
How To Help Sexual Assault Survivors At The Border & Raise Awareness About The Issue
The migrants who make their way towards the United States in search of a better life often have an unimaginably difficult journey — and it often doesn't get any easier once they get across the border. Sadly, some smugglers and others take advantage of the women under their control, forcing these women to reckon with the trauma of surviving sexual assault in addition to everything else. For these women, the situation is bleak — but there are ways you can help survivors of sexual abuse at the border, and it all starts with supporting the organizations who are doing work on the ground there.
The problem of sexual abuse of migrants is a widespread and complicated one, according to an in-depth report from The New York Times. One prong of it is smugglers who take advantage of the women who have paid them to get safe passage to the United States, but it doesn't stop there. In July, The Times spoke to two women who had been sexually assaulted while in ICE custody, and there are also reports of migrant children being sexually assault while they were detained at the border.
Denmark has a 'pervasive rape culture,' says Amnesty International
Undocumented Immigrant Who Worked for Trump Will Attend His State of the Union
An undocumented immigrant who worked at one of President Trump’s golf clubs in New Jersey for years and recently spoke out about her experience will attend his State of the Union address after being invited by her Democratic congresswoman, the woman’s lawyer and the congresswoman’s office said Wednesday.
The undocumented immigrant, Victorina Morales, had worked as a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., since 2013, and spoke to The New York Times as part of an article published last month. The report revealed that the president’s company — the Trump Organization — was, for years, employing people at the golf club who are in the country illegally.
The facts about Republicans’ hysteria over brown people
President Donald Trump tweeted a new ad that is almost too racist to believe on Wednesday.
The ad from Trump’s campaign, which accuses Democrats of allowing Mexicans and Central Americans to murder Americans, is the latest escalation in Republicans’ very obvious attempts to stoke fear about brown people and distract from unpopular conservative policies. The president’s party is widely expected to lose control of one chamber of Congress in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
While smearing immigrants is a time-honored tradition for many on the right, the president’s efforts to make a major campaign issue out of a migrant caravan traveling north from Central America (and currently 1,000 miles away from the U.S. border) has been echoed by prominent Republicans, Fox News, and numerous other propagandists in conservative media.
But don’t just take our word for it. Let’s dig into the data to show why Republicans’ recent cherry-picking has no basis in reality.
California: Latino voter apathy reflects disconnected media
Trump May Finally Be Getting Too Racist for America
The Trump Administration Had a 5-Year-Old Sign Away Her Right to Be Reunited With Her Family
There is seemingly no end to the trauma migrant families are enduring as a result of the Trump administration’s family separation policy: The New Yorker reports that a five-year-old Honduran girl named Helen was separated from her family, detained, and then, before a bond hearing (established by an agreement known as the 1997 Flores Settlement), was given a legal form to sign. At the bottom, it read,“I withdraw my previous request for a Flores bond hearing.” And “beneath that line,” the New Yorker reports, “the five-year-old signed her name in wobbly letters.”
Arizona Shelter Shut in Latest Case of Migrant Child Abuse
Staff members at a Phoenix-area shelter for unaccompanied migrant children physically abused three children, leading to the closure of the shelter, federal officials said. It was the latest in a series of incidents of alleged abuse involving staff members at shelters and children.
Southwest Key’s Hacienda del Sol shelter was shut down last Friday, but federal officials did not reveal the reason behind the closure until Tuesday.
The Texas-based federal contractor has fired the staffers involved in the Sept. 18 incident, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement.
British paedophile who set up advice line for child molesters is sued for damages by five Filipinos who say he abused them in first legal case of its kind
Weeks-Old Baby Dies After Being Stolen by Abusive Dad, Who Took Him After Mom Fled Relationship
Non-Christian refugees shut out of Trump's America
The Trump administration has again cut the number of refugees allowed into the U.S., and the overwhelming majority of the small group of refugees who were admitted this past year are Christians.
Vatican’s Response to 1,000 Children Abused by Priests? ‘No Comment.’
On Wednesday morning, Pope Francis stood in the window of the apostolic palace looking over St. Peter’s Square and blessed the crowds that had gathered for the Catholic celebration of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven. He talked about saints and heaven and sent his prayers to the victims of the bridge collapse in the northern Italian city of Genoa the day before.
But the pope didn’t mention the latest horrific news revealed about his church: that a Pennsylvania grand jury had just handed down a damning 1,356-page account of rampant abuse that involved 1,000 kids, 300 priests, and 70 years of silence. “We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this,” the report began. But there was no sign Wednesday that Pope Francis was listening. He offered no prayer for the victims of his own churchmen who have been suffocated under a veil of complicity and shame for decades.
The Daily Beast
CHARGES FILED AGAINST MAN ACCUSED OF GROPING TEEN GIRLS AT PALM DESERT WALMART
Australia archbishop gets house detention for abuse cover-up
Sexual assault survivors react to report condemning alleged abuse by hundreds of ‘predator priests’
COURT APPROVES LAWSUIT AGAINST MORMON CHURCH OVER ALLEGED RAPE
Chicago-area megachurch paid $3.25M over child sexual abuse
Investigation Finds Lesbian Professor Sexually Harassed Gay Student
Mormon Church Reaffirms Opposition to Gay Relationships
Immigrant teens were strapped to chairs and had bags put over their heads. Virginia just decided that’s not abuse.
91-year-old man beaten with brick, told 'go back to Mexico'
Tears glistened on the black and purple bruises covering 91-year-old Rodolfo Rodriguez's face as he described being attacked by a group of people while going for a walk on the Fourth of July.
"I can't walk anymore," Rodriguez said in Spanish. "I'm in so much pain."
He'll be turning 92 in September, Rodriguez said, and he's never been hurt like this before, in a life working the fields with cattle and corn.
He had traveled from Michoacan, Mexico, to visit his family in Willowbrook, California, a city in Los Angeles County, his grandson Erik Mendoza said.
California, long a holdout, adopts mass immigration hearings
MAN APOLOGIZES FOR CURSING NEIGHBORS PLAYING LATIN MUSIC ON FOURTH OF JULY, WISHES THEY'D 'ASSIMILATE MORE'
Moron Harangues Woman In Park For Wearing Puerto Rico Shirt In America
Arrest made in beating of 91-year-old who reportedly was told to 'go back to Mexico'
The Officer Who Just Watched As A Man Went On A Racist Tirade Against A Woman For Her Puerto Rico Shirt Has Resigned
Dental Hygienist Allegedly Fatally Rammed Woman with Her Mercedes — and Said God Made Her Do It
A 46-year-old Florida woman who allegedly admitted to fatally striking a woman with her Mercedes Benz will stand trial this fall on several charges, a court official tell PEOPLE.
April Thomason, 46, is accused of killing Stephanie Collins on Sept. 16, 2015, as the 49-year-old woman was walking with her friend on a Key West sidewalk.
Thomason faces charges of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, leaving the scene of a fatal crash, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges, according to court records obtained by PEOPLE.
Buddhist leader locked his victim in a bathroom to sexually assault her, report claims
STUDENT SUES UNIVERSITY AFTER MAN WHO BELIEVED GOD COMMANDED HIM TO MAKE HUMAN SACRIFICE SLASHES HER
Priest on 'Personal Leave' after Altar-Top Gay Sex Video Comes to Light
Tennessee pastor accused of raping teen at worship center
How Brutal Cult Leader Tony Alamo Amassed A Fortune With Bedazzled Denim Jackets
Police: Teen sexually assaulted, filmed in Publix bathroom
Kansas investigates shelter for migrant kids that employs man with history of sex crimes
CALIFORNIA MAN ATTACKED HIS WIFE WITH A CHAINSAW IN FRONT OF THEIR KIDS
Rita Moreno Absolutely Kills It With Spine-Tingling Independence Day Performance
Screen legend Rita Moreno delivered a goosebump-inducing reading of “The New Colossus,” the Emma Lazarus poem written for the Statue of Liberty, during an Independence Day celebration on Wednesday.
Backed by the Boston Pops as part of its annual July 4 “Fireworks Spectacular,” the 86-year-old described seeing Lady Liberty, then launched into an unforgettable version of the sonnet engraved in bronze on the statue’s pedestal...