Human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson represents those who have been abandoned. His clients are people on death row — abused and neglected children who were prosecuted as adults and placed in adult prisons where they were beaten and sexually abused, and mentally disabled people whose illnesses helped land them in prison where their special needs were unmet.
Today he spoke to us about justice in the 21st century:
"The new statistic from the Justice [Department] is really disheartening: The Justice Department is now reporting that one in three black male babies born in the 21st century is expected to go to jail or prison. The statistic for Latino boys is one in six. That statistic was not true in the 20th century. It was not true in the 19th century. It didn’t become true until the 21st century. That means we have enormous work to do to improve our commitment to society that is not haunted and undermined and corrupted by our legacy of racial inequality.”
Married at 14 to a man almost twice her age and then abandoned as a mother at 15, Sunita Choudhary is now an empowered women’s rights activist who may be the only woman in New Delhi that drives a three-wheeled taxi.
Driving a taxi is considered unsuitable for women in India, but after winning a 12-year legal battle against her husband who tried to kill her, Choudhary is not the type to back down. She is part of a citizens’ defense force that supports accident survivors, firefighting groups, and others in need on the road. As for marrying again, Choudhary, who has political ambitions says, “I love my work. I’ll marry that person who loves my work.”
Such artistic flair in these letters… little things like this make my travel days. Thankfulness and gratitude exchanged on a hotel note pad. #gratitude #travelsforbusiness (at Residence Inn by Marriott Toronto Airport)