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It’s so great to be back at Breakthrough after an incredible semester abroad in Buenos Aires! It was definitely an exciting time to be in the Argentine capital— I was there for the madness as the nation celebrated only its 30th year of uninterrupted democracy, and it was really wonderful to get the chance to live amongst such passionate and engaged people. With some unforgettable adventures behind me I’m ready to get back to work and focus on the exciting stuff Breakthrough is planning!

-Mihika

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Time has passed so quickly! I wrote my first post for Breakthrough in May of 2013 in the midst of our Deport the Statue campaign. I had just graduated college, unsure of what I wanted to do, but was excited to be a part of this organization I had seen in different human rights circles doing really cool videos and campaigns online. 
Seven months later I am getting ready to leave this incredible organization to join the Peace Corps. I am thrilled to take this next step in my life, but I cannot believe I have to leave this incredible place in the mean time.
Breakthrough taught me so many things and has, cliche as it is, helped me figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life. I have had the opportunity to work with smart, savvy, committed, and funny people who are committed to changing the world for good. My time here has convinced me that if anyone can do it, it’s Breakthough. 
I have learned about social media, metrics, press, NGOs, culture… it goes on and on. The most important things I learned were intangible. I learned about values and theory. I have learned how to work to make change, online and off. I have learned about the incredible people driven to make in this world and have been fortunate enough to learn from them.
I cannot say thank you enough to all of my mentors and friends here. I have found a great group of people to always look up to and learn from. Now I am proud to be an academic and an activist. I am so much stronger in my beliefs and abilities now, and am ready to take on the world. Thank you all for helping me get here, and for giving me so much.
-Bethany
(PS: If anyone is looking here to find out what Breakthrough is about, or if they want to be a part of it… do it. You will be so glad you did.)

Time has passed so quickly! I wrote my first post for Breakthrough in May of 2013 in the midst of our Deport the Statue campaign. I had just graduated college, unsure of what I wanted to do, but was excited to be a part of this organization I had seen in different human rights circles doing really cool videos and campaigns online. 

Seven months later I am getting ready to leave this incredible organization to join the Peace Corps. I am thrilled to take this next step in my life, but I cannot believe I have to leave this incredible place in the mean time.

Breakthrough taught me so many things and has, cliche as it is, helped me figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life. I have had the opportunity to work with smart, savvy, committed, and funny people who are committed to changing the world for good. My time here has convinced me that if anyone can do it, it’s Breakthough. 

I have learned about social media, metrics, press, NGOs, culture… it goes on and on. The most important things I learned were intangible. I learned about values and theory. I have learned how to work to make change, online and off. I have learned about the incredible people driven to make in this world and have been fortunate enough to learn from them.

I cannot say thank you enough to all of my mentors and friends here. I have found a great group of people to always look up to and learn from. Now I am proud to be an academic and an activist. I am so much stronger in my beliefs and abilities now, and am ready to take on the world. Thank you all for helping me get here, and for giving me so much.

-Bethany

(PS: If anyone is looking here to find out what Breakthrough is about, or if they want to be a part of it… do it. You will be so glad you did.)

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What is YOUR path for human rights? Today we got together to tell (and draw!) our stories about how we got to working on human rights, and where we hope to go in the future.
I love doing activities like this. We all got to learn something about each other, and discovered how we all got to be at the same place now. There were about as many similarities as there are differences, and I think we all learned a lot about each other. 
Human rights and social justice work is certainly not the easiest thing to do. I think we have all experienced a lot of the tough work and feeling of disillusionment that comes with it. This small activity is a great way for all of us to see that change is possible, even just starting within ourselves, and that we are all in this work together. 
-Bethany

What is YOUR path for human rights? Today we got together to tell (and draw!) our stories about how we got to working on human rights, and where we hope to go in the future.

I love doing activities like this. We all got to learn something about each other, and discovered how we all got to be at the same place now. There were about as many similarities as there are differences, and I think we all learned a lot about each other. 

Human rights and social justice work is certainly not the easiest thing to do. I think we have all experienced a lot of the tough work and feeling of disillusionment that comes with it. This small activity is a great way for all of us to see that change is possible, even just starting within ourselves, and that we are all in this work together. 

-Bethany

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Something will be RACING toward Breakthrough and NASCAR fans at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend! Check back tomorrow for the big reveal, whether you’re in Miami or not! -Bethany

Something will be RACING toward Breakthrough and NASCAR fans at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend! Check back tomorrow for the big reveal, whether you’re in Miami or not! -Bethany

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Breakthrough is honored to be a finalist in Google Impact Challenge India. Vote for us at at http://goo.gl/GSvM45.
With your support we can win an opportunity to create amazing digital tools that can help end violence against women - in India - and worldwide.
-Nadia

Breakthrough is honored to be a finalist in Google Impact Challenge India. Vote for us at at http://goo.gl/GSvM45.

With your support we can win an opportunity to create amazing digital tools that can help end violence against women - in India - and worldwide.

-Nadia

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Meet Anita, our new intern!

I’m Anita SenGupta, a recent graduate of New York University, where I studied Economics and Chinese language. My curiosity drives me, and has taken me from New Delhi to New York, college classes to the New York literary scene, and now, from economic development work to an internship at Breakthrough.

What caught my eye about Breakthrough was its unique, modern, and wholly important approach. Breakthrough puts the heart at the center of human rights issues, and its work reminds us all to do the same. It’s an inspiring philosophy, and I’m excited to learn from everyone here!

- Anita

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Today I played ICED - an interactive game about the immigrant experience - for the first time. The game put me in the shoes of a young immigrant trying her best not to get detained. My character had to avoid an ICE officer, answer questions about immigration and make sound decisions in order to avoid detention that could violate her basic human rights. It help me understand and experience the fears, struggles and desires of undocumented immigrants in a way I never had before. Check out the game by clicking on the link and let us know what you think. http://www.icedgame.com/
-Meena

Today I played ICED - an interactive game about the immigrant experience - for the first time. The game put me in the shoes of a young immigrant trying her best not to get detained. My character had to avoid an ICE officer, answer questions about immigration and make sound decisions in order to avoid detention that could violate her basic human rights. It help me understand and experience the fears, struggles and desires of undocumented immigrants in a way I never had before. Check out the game by clicking on the link and let us know what you think. http://www.icedgame.com/

-Meena

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"In the shadows of an abusive past and a precarious future, undocumented immigrant activist Angy Rivera tells her extraordinary journey from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of the New York Times." (Seed and Spark)

A friend, partner and collaborator of Breakthrough’s, Angy’s courage has inspired us for years. We can’t wait to see the film! Stay tuned :)

-Meena

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As a longtime global women’s-rights activist, I see the perils of this kind of injunction every day in my work. I’ve seen over and over how this culture of “toxic masculinity”—the same culture that encourages men to “stand your ground,” no matter the consequences—enables all manner of violence, including violence against women.

Mallika Dutt on The Daily Beast.

Good thing masculinity is not inherent but rather learned - and I’m sure with the support of men we can build a healthier model of masculinity that will serve as a solution to the problem of violence against women. 

-Meena

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Why Do All The Girls Who Save The Day Only Look A Certain Way?

"While I’m loving the uptick in ass-kicking of the female variety, it makes me wonder where the variety is — for instance, why does a dystopian future only involve two to three black people? Was there some worldwide racist disease? If there was, it must have been called the Hollywood Producer virus…" Joseph Lamour (Upworthy)

Don’t you think it’s time we had more diversity in Hollywood? 

-Meena

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