Sign-on Civil Society Letter to Sec. Pompeo Regarding Erasure of SRH

Dear Secretary Pompeo,

As U.S. organizations that promote health and human rights in U.S. foreign policy, we write to express strong opposition to any attempts by the United States Department of State to censor U.S. diplomats, or any mission staff or partners. Any such effort would jeopardize global health while undermining decades of global consensus and progress.

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Sign-on letter: FY20 International FP/ RH OMB Request

Dear Director Mulvaney:
The undersigned 52 organizations, committed to advancing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of people around the world, write to urge the President to request that the FY 2020 budget include $1.66 billion for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs, including $111 million for UNFPA, and reverse harmful policies that undermine these investments. Additional funds to support family planning and reproductive health programs ought to not come at the expense of other global health, development assistance, or humanitarian assistance programs.

We request $1.66 billion for Bilateral and Multilateral Family Planning and Reproductive Health Programs provided from the Global Health Programs account, the Economic Support Fund and from the International Organizations and Programs account, including $111 million for UNFPA.

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Civil Society Sign-onLetter to Department of State re Human Rights Reports

Dear Secretary Pompeo,

As development of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices begins, we are writing to raise our deep concern about significant changes in last year’s report, including the deletion of the reproductive rights subsection and limited reporting on prevalence and incidence of gender- based violence. The undersigned 97 civil society organizations call on the State Department to include robust reporting on the incidence and prevalence of gender-based violence and to reverse the decision to delete the reproductive rights subsection and ensure it is not repeated in the 2018 reports

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Org Sign-on to Letter re Matter of A-B-

Dear Attorney General Sessions,

The 465 undersigned faith-based, immigration, civil rights, human rights, worker rights, and anti- violence service and advocacy organizations write to express our profound concern for the lives and safety of immigrant survivors of domestic violence following your wrongful decision in Matter of A-B-. We ask that you immediately revoke this legally and factually erroneous decision.

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Sign-on letter to DOJ regarding their refusal to defend key provisions of the Affordable Care Act

Dear Attorney General Sessions:

We write in strong opposition to the Department of Justice’s recent decision not to defend the constitutionality of major parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Department’s position would once again allow insurance companies to deny coverage or charge more to people with pre-existing medical conditions and could embolden insurance companies to reinstate discriminatory coverage and pricing practices that negatively impact women. As organizations committed to advancing the health and economic security of women and their families, we urge the Department to reverse its position and defend the ACA.

The Justice Department’s refusal to defend key provisions of the ACA could have disastrous consequences for the health, well-being, and economic security of millions of women.

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Today is the 20th anniversary of V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls.On this day, GJC is focused on the women and girls raped in war who are denied lifesaving medical care.

US restrictions on foreign aid regularly deny abortion services to women and girls raped in war. The Trump administration made these restrictions exponentially worse by reinstating and expanding the Global Gag Rule.

The Gag Rule is not only damaging to women and girls who are victims of violence, it also violates international law.GJC's team of legal experts fight every day to combat these restrictions, make them understandable and push for proactive laws that protect the rights of women and girls around the world.

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GJC's legal and communications teams created an interactive quiz to help simplify the complex restrictions the US puts on foreign aid. Take the quiz to find out if US restrictions apply to your organization and if you are barred from speaking about or providing abortion services. Read here.
GJC Critiques US Human Rights Record
GJC wrote a report to the UN Human Rights Council highlighting major problems with the US' human rights record. The report explores how the Trump administration is putting the US in further violation of international law by reinstating and expanding the Gag Rule. Read here.
GJC Responds to Review of the Gag Rule
Last week, the State Department released a six month analysis of the impact of Trump's expanded Gag Rule. Not enough time has passed for there to be a thorough and accurate report on the Gag Rule's impact. Read GJC's response to this flawed and premature review. Read here.
GJC Publishes FAQ on Trump's Gag Rule
GJC's legal experts used their years of experience fighting US abortion restrictions to publish a detailed FAQ on the differences between Trump's expanded Gag Rule and the Helms Amendment, including how they work together to violate women's rights around the world. Read here.
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