We Did It! A Victory for VAWA
Celia Ismalej and her 18-month-old son have been released from detention after being granted asylum protection in the USA.
On 23 February, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a stay of execution in the case of Rodney Reed, who was due to be put to death on 5 March for a murder in 1996 which he has consistently said he did not commit.
The Maryland House of Delegates followed the lead of the state Senate and passed the death penalty repeal bill making Maryland the 18th state to abandon capital punishment, and the 6th state in 6 years to join the abolition club.