Author: Staff Reports

Political Director at The Borgen Project.

TACOMA, Washington — The Borgen Project is pleased to announce the appointment of Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX) as an Honorary Board Member of The Borgen Project. Congressman McCaul currently serves as the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The committee considers legislation that impacts the diplomatic community, which includes the Department of State, the Agency for International Development (USAID), the Peace Corps, the United Nations, and the enforcement of the Arms Export Control Act. The Congressman previously served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.  During his time in Congress, Rep. McCaul has introduced legislation…

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BUNJ, South Sudan — As tragic news continues to pour out of Afghanistan and conversations around refugee resettlement continue to surface, it is a great time for a reminder on the refugee resettlement process. A refugee is someone who has fled across an international border due to persecution based on reasons “of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.” For refugees currently at risk in Afghanistan, there is an additional resettlement category. Since 2006, the U.S. has resettled certain immigrants from Afghanistan on a “Special Immigrant Visa” (SIV). This visa is specifically for people who…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Many know what aid is and that it helps, or at the very least, they see the numbers and read the headlines that showcase the benefits of aid. However, when do donors and advocates for charity, nonprofit and international organizations really hear directly about the people who actually received help through aid programs? Here is some information about what international aid really means for someone living in poverty. About Ashley Baker Ashley Baker is a person who benefited from international aid. In an interview with The Borgen Project, he mentioned how he started life as a poverty-stricken…

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ALMADEN, California — Human trafficking of both children and adults for the purposes of servitude and sexual exploitation remains a significant issue in Iran. Tensions and conflict between Iran and other countries have turned Iran into a political arena that neglects much of the humanitarian problems that the nation faces internally. The 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report from the U.S. Department of State ranks Iran as a Tier 3 nation, meaning it “does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking” and “is not making significant efforts to do so.” The severity of human trafficking in Iran…

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ATLANTA, Georgia — Prisons in South Africa are considered some of the worst detention centers in the world. Reports have shown them to be sites of violence, overcrowding, human rights violations and the breeding ground for many other problems among inmates. They illustrate the weaknesses of penal systems that reflect U.S. prisons as well. Inmate Problems in South Africa The condition of South African prisons has raised concerns over human rights. Prisoners, like those at a facility near St. Albans, typically face humiliation, beatings, electrical shock and even torture. These are not isolated incidents, but instead continuous occurrences. South Africa’s…

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HOUSTON, Texas — Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have long been a topic of debate. Many argue over the pros and cons of this digital currency. With El Salvador adopting bitcoin as legal tender in September 2021, discussions about cryptocurrency are even more prevalent. Though it will take time to fully display its impact, Bitcoin presents a possible solution to global poverty. El Salvador Adopts Bitcoin as a National Currency In September 2021, El Salvador adopted bitcoin as legal tender. El Salvador is the first country in the world to do so and it has been off to a somewhat rocky…

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RUSTON, Louisiana — The Arctic is a vast and diverse region of the globe that is home to around one million Indigenous people. It covers the northern parts of Canada, Greenland, Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the USA. Approximately 9% of the Arctic’s total population is Indigenous with Canada and Greenland having the highest Indigenous populations. Over the past few decades, environmental and social issues have increased the poverty rate and doubled food insecurity and land loss among Indigenous people in the Arctic. A Quick Glance: Canada The Indigenous people of Canada are facing numerous problems as a result of…

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ATHENS, West Virginia — The U.S. Government Strategy on International Basic Education works “to achieve a world where education systems in partner countries enable all individuals to acquire the education and skills [necessary] to be productive members of society.” In line with this goal, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Education Policy “aims to achieve sustained, measurable improvements in learning outcomes and skills development” to advance education globally. The Goals of the USAID Education Policy The principles of the USAID Education Policy aim to help partner countries to develop self-reliance through education. That means each country should be able…

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WESTBURY, New York — To push back against housing poverty in Portugal, Just A Change works to restore and build homes for impoverished Portuguese communities. Housing poverty in Portugal is consistently a prevalent problem, but organizations like Just A Change hope to fix it. Housing, Poverty and Development In 2017, almost 113 million people were the risk of housing poverty or social exclusion. Around 23% of the total population cannot keep their homes heated while 200,000 cannot shower. Additionally, more than 50,000 do not have piped water and a sewage system. To demonstrate these disparities, mortality rates increased to 28%…

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NEW YORK, New York — St. John’s University in Queens, New York, is home to the Peter J. Tobin School of Business. At Tobin, there is a professor going the extra mile. Dr. Linda Sama is the Associate Dean for Global Initiatives at St. John’s and the founder of GLOBE. The Origins of GLOBE When she was appointed Associate Dean of Global Initiatives, Dr. Sama was brainstorming ways for the Tobin School of Business to ramp up its global footprint. As a donor to KIVA, a web-based microfinance program for entrepreneurs in developing countries, Dr. Sama was inspired. She thought…

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