Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Rising Heat Levels in the United States

As summer gets underway, the Union of Concerned Scientists has released a report titled, Killer Heat in the United States: Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days. The analysis focuses on the effects of rising temperatures in the United States, and the potential dangers of staying on our...

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“Relentless Resilience” – DHS Releases New Strategic Plan

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a new report, “The DHS Strategic Plan: Fiscal Years 2020-2024“. In an era of threat landscape which is both complex and constantly evolving, DHS is responsible for leading homeland security initiatives. According to Kevin K. McAleenan, Acting Secretary of DHS, “The Department’s...

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Preventing Mass Attacks in Public Spaces

The Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) released a report, Mass Attacks in Public Spaces – 2018 (MAPS-2018), identifying key information related to mass attacks and their perpetrators. This year’s study expands upon the findings published in NTAC’s previos report, Mass Attacks in Public Spaces – 2017 (MAPS-2017). This...

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In Focus: Violence Against Indigenous Persons

New In Focus now available on Violence Against Indigenous Persons. From the Association on American Indian Affairs: Domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, homicide, stalking, and sex trafficking disproportionately affect Indigenous peoples. The focus has been on Indigenous women and girls, but these issues also affect indigenous men and boys. These...

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Explosive Violence Incidents Globally

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has released a comprehensive eight-year overview of global explosive violence. The report consists of data collected from 2011 to 2018, including numbers of both armed and civilian casualties, location of explosions, as well as the strike methods. According to the report, the overall number of...

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2018 Status of Global Religious Freedom

Congress’s 2018 Report on International Religious Freedom was released on June 21, 2019. The report, covering each country’s policies that violate religious beliefs, practices, denominations, and the United States’ role in promoting freedom of religion, is released annually and semi-annually by the U.S. Department of State and joins the repository...

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Violent Islamist Extremism in 2017

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change released a report titled Global Extremism Monitor: Violent Islamist Extremism in 2017. This monitor analyzed 27,092 incidents of violent Islamist extremism on a global level. The study states, “at least 84,023 people in 66 countries died during the year because of this problem.” Key...