The Advocates seeks to promote women’s human rights in Minnesota through research, education and advocacy. Most notably, The Advocates has published reports on the government response to battered refugee and immigrant women as well as the government response to sex trafficking.
The publication of these reports led The Advocates to conduct numerous presentations for governmental and non-governmental representatives focused on educating professionals about the need for increased awareness about the challenges facing both battered immigrants and refugees, and trafficked persons in realizing their human rights. The Advocates also improves awareness of women's rights locally through a variety of educational programs such as International Women's Day and the Women's Human Rights Film Series.
The Advocates engaged in advocacy following the publication of the Sex Trafficking Needs Assessment for the State of Minnesota in 2009 to strengthen the state law to better protect women and children who are victims of the crime of human trafficking.
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