Africa

Help us pass criminal justice reforms! President Donald Trump recently voiced his support for a bipartisan criminal justice bill, a revised First Step Act that would provide sentencing and prison reforms. The First Step Act would curb mandatory minimums for many low-level drug crimes, providing judges with more discretion over individual cases. The bill also aims to eliminate the…

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Leading us in right paths: U.S.-Nigeria policy The U.S. response to Nigeria, as it faces multi-layered violent conflicts and armed actors threatening the nation’s unity, has primarily been to provide military assistance. This approach is counterproductive and has spawned additional violence. This issue of the Washington Memo provides an overview of U.S.-Nigeria policy and suggests strategies to…

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Engage with candidates During the month of August, members of the House will return to their home states, with senators returning for a shorter period of time (Aug. 6-14). This is a great time to set up meetings or attend local events with elected officials and candidates. Prepare for this year’s election with our 2018 election resource.…

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On June 30, the Democratic Republic of the Congo celebrated its 58th anniversary of independence. Instead of celebrating landmark democratic achievements as a nation, the country faces the unpleasant challenge of multi-layered conflicts including political and ethnic violence. Militarized responses from DR Congo’s armed forces and rebel groups continue to shake its stability. In December 2016,…

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A closed door to newcomers After separating more than 2,000 children from parents seeking refuge at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Trump issued an executive order to stop the separations. But families are still facing hurdles in being reunited and the president’s subsequent declaration that asylum seekers should not be able to have their cases heard in court is a…

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The MCC U.S. Washington Office celebrates 50 years! This summer, our office will celebrate 50 years since its founding in 1968. This spring’s special edition of our print newsletter takes a look back at the Washington Office’s work over the past 50 years. Read it here or download the PDF version. Join us Tuesday, July 17 as we celebrate…

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