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In 2007 the United Nations General Assembly declared the World Day of Social Justice be commemorated annually on Feb. 20. COVID-19, in addition to conflict and climate change, has exacerbated the hardships vulnerable communities have faced these past two years, creating further imbalances in areas like health care, safety, housing, basic rights and more. In 2022, it is expected that 274 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection, which is the highest figure in decades. These factors have not dampened spirits though. We’ve seen an incredible rise in conversation, education and charitable giving toward social justice throughout the pandemic. According…

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Human Rights Watch launched a campaign in April asking the Greek government to free hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children held in unhygienic police cells and detention centers, where they face increased risk of contracting the coronavirus. Weeks after #FreetheKids launched, the Greek parliament reduced the maximum time an unaccompanied child could be detained from 45 days to 25. Talking to the media, the Greek special secretary for the protection of unaccompanied children also committed to ending child detention by the end of the year. Portugal announced it would take in 500 unaccompanied children from Greece, while France said it would take in 350 children. Since then, another 11 European Union member countries have joined the coalition, committing to relocate hundreds of asylum seekers and unaccompanied children.