The Border Crisis: Event Recap

On Monday, October 8, 2019, the Reiff Center co-sponsored a screening of the full-length documentary Undeterred with the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula. This film primarily focused on the small border community of Arivaca, Arizona and the impact of increased militarization of border control since the 1990s. According to the documentary, there has […]

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The Border Crisis: Criminalizing Humanitarian Aid

On October 7th, The Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, in conjunction with the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula, will be featuring the full-length documentary, Undeterred, the story of life on the U.S.-Mexico Border in Southern Arizona at 6:30 PM, in the Freeman Center’s Gaines Theater. The film will be followed […]

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What You Should Know About the Decades-Long Militarization of the Southern Border

By Madeline Nichols and Savannah Sherman On October 7th, The Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, in conjunction with the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula, will be featuring the full-length documentary, Undeterred, the story of life on the U.S.-Mexico Border in Southern Arizona at 6:30 PM, in the Freeman Center’s Gaines […]

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The Border Crisis: Understanding the Motives for Migration

On October 7th, The Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, in conjunction with the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula, will be featuring the full-length documentary, Undeterred, the story of life on the U.S.-Mexico Border in Southern Arizona at 6:30 PM, in the Freeman Center’s Gaines Theater. The film will be followed […]

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Reflections on my summer internship with the International Rescue Committee

This summer, I worked as a Casework Intern with the International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville, Virginia. As someone who holds a particular interest in refugee crises, working for a nonprofit organization such as IRC was a dream of mine. While the IRC assists many people from refugees, to asylum seekers, to human trafficking victims, IRC […]

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Threat of Russian Foreign Agent Law to Human Rights

In November of 2012, Russia passed the infamous “Foreign Agent Law” that requires all organizations participating in political activities and receiving foreign funding to register with the state as foreign agents. This law follows Putin’s agenda to repress civil society to protect national security, but that repression has proved detrimental to human rights in Russia […]

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Popular Uprisings and Mass Killings: How Are They Related?

On Thursday, September 27th, the Reiff Center at CNU hosted Dr. Evan Perkoski, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. He spoke to a crowd of CNU students, professors, and members of the Newport News community regarding mass killings during popular uprisings. Dr. Perkoski began by discussing the […]

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Police Forces in India & the US: They’re Actually Related

On Wednesday, February 28th, the Reiff Center at CNU hosted Dr. Rachel Wahl, an Assistant Professor in the Leadership, Foundations, and Policies Department at the University of Virginia. She spoke to a filled crowd of CNU students, discussing the ways in which police forces interact with their communities. First, she explained her previous studies with […]

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Anti-Kabila Protests Raise Questions on Strength of the DRC’s Democracy

Protests against Joseph Kabila’s government are nothing new, but the latest violence at recent protests on Jan. 21 and Feb. 25 have increased the call for the president of 17 years to step down. Violent repression against these protests has seemed to increase in the past two years, especially after Kabila has stayed in power […]

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Sweden’s Refugee Dilemma

At the height of the Refugee Crisis in 2015, Sweden was considered to be the biggest safe haven in all of Europe. In 2015 alone, Sweden took in nearly 163,000 refugees, including 35,000 unaccompanied minors. At its peak, refugees were arriving at a rate of 10,000 a week. This made them the largest per capita […]

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