human rights

Rosalynn Carter acclaimed by admirers for her pioneering advocacy for mental health, caregiving

BY: - November 20, 2023

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter has died, according to the Carter Center, leaving a rich legacy of championing mental health and women’s rights. She will be buried at the ranch house in Plains she and former President Jimmy Carter built in 1961. She died Sunday just days after the family announced she had entered hospice […]

Letcher prison opponents urge Congress to reject Rogers’ ‘fast-tracking’ provision

BY: - October 4, 2023

More than 185 organizations — from across Kentucky and the nation — are urging Congress to reject “fast-tracking” construction of a federal prison in Letcher County. A Sept. 19 letter to leaders and members of congressional appropriations committees urges them to remove language that Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky put into a House appropriations bill […]

‘They are important to us’: Remains of Sisseton Wahpeton children returning home

BY: - September 23, 2023

Amos La Framboise and Edward Upright didn’t know that they’d never see their homes and families again. The boys, of the Spirit Lake and Lake Traverse bands of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, set off to Pennsylvania in 1879 to attend the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. They didn’t know they would die at the school before […]

Parents have no right to allow their children’s gender transition, Republicans say

BY: - July 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans on a panel for limited federal government on Thursday argued that parents should not be allowed to let their transgender children have access to gender-affirming care. “A parent has no right to sexually transition a young child,” the chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Limited Government, […]

Kentucky sign language interpreters embody others’ words, are servants at heart

BY: - June 27, 2023

Sign language interpreters aren’t quite used to celebrity. The job is usually more behind-the-scenes. Translating a diagnosis at the doctor’s office, standing off to the side of a stage. But the COVID-19 pandemic thrust the late Virginia Moore — and her office, the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) — into […]

U.S. House Republicans spar with HHS secretary over transgender youth, child labor

BY: - June 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra on Tuesday defended access to health care for transgender people, as well as his agency’s actions in connection with unaccompanied migrant children. Republicans at a U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing grilled Becerra about gender-affirming care for transgender minors, including puberty […]

‘She changed the world.’ Kentucky honors the late Virginia Moore

BY: - June 11, 2023

LOUISVILLE – There’s a version of the late Virginia Moore that the general public mourns: the woman who stood next to Gov. Andy Beshear day after day, interpreting in sign language how many Kentuckians COVID-19 had killed that day.  But her friends and family who gathered at the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville on […]

This International Women’s Day, U.S. anti-abortion laws violate human rights, groups say

BY: - March 8, 2023

Ahead of International Women’s Day, hundreds of U.S. and global human rights groups, doctors, and attorneys have asked the United Nations to intervene on behalf of the millions of women in the U.S. who have been left without access to legal abortion and vital forms of reproductive health care in the wake of last summer’s […]