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More Americans are serving prison and jail sentences than ever before, even as US crime rates reach a historic low.

Alex Resney
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Native American women in the United States who live on federal Native American reservations are disproportionately more likely to be victims of sexual violence than other groups living in the United States.

Chrystal Begay, Tinesha Zandamela
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Northern Ireland is a country steeped in deep historical and geopolitical turmoil. Though the infamous 30-year conflict known as the Troubles ended years ago, lingering tensions from the events of the conflict continue to plague the country today.

Harper Forsgren
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Usage rates of electronic cigarettes have doubled among high school students in recent years, making them the most-used type of tobacco product among adolescents.

Cade Hyde
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The rates of substance abuse among college students in the United States have risen significantly over the last 2 decades. Drugs such as alcohol, marijuana, prescription pills, and others are becoming more popular on campuses around the country, impacting students' education, causing addiction, and leading to long-term health problems.

Sam Lofgran
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Although Malawi is technically a water-rich country, with about 20% of its area covered by surface water, many people lack access to clean water.

Marissa Getts
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As the worldwide refugee population has steadily increased over the past decade, mental health concerns among refugees have become more prevalent. In the United States, adolescent refugees face higher rates of mental illness in comparison to non-refugee adolescents

Kate Lloyd
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Menstrual hygiene management is the processes and resources surrounding menstruation, including the knowledge, products, and social norms associated with it. For many adolescent girls in Kenya, MHM is a serious and impactful issue.

Kelsey Sampson
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Female students experience a lack of gender equality in Ghana’s educational system despite the important reform already made. As a result of practices confounded by social norms, which tend to see female education as less valuable, girls' lack of access to education leads to greater negative economic and health consequences.

Shelby Hunt , Andrew Wirkus
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While there is a significant healthcare personnel shortage throughout India, it is particularly problematic in rural areas. Because of this issue, those in rural areas seeking healthcare services must often travel distances of up to 100 km to access them.

Jacob Player
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On any given day, the U.S. holds approximately 40,000 people in immigrant detention centers. Many of these detainees experience poor living conditions including inadequate health care and abuse.

Brianne Hansen
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The UN has officially stated that female genital cutting violates basic human rights. However, many communities continue to practice female genital cutting for social and cultural reasons.

Evie Friedbaum, Chloe Jensen
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In India millions of women's lives are negatively impacted by sexual violence. Gender and caste discrimination combine to make marginalized women most likely to be affected by sexual violence. The criminal justice system struggles to both try and convict perpetrators. Practices that are most effective at changing attitudes towards gender norms (thus decreasing sexual violence) target both genders, with a particular focus on males. Effective victim support provides ways for victims to reassume valuable, contributing roles in their community.

Chloe Haderlie
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Refugees are particularly susceptible to mental illness because of the situations they are forced to flee and the uncertainty they face in new countries. Mental illnesses can keep refugees from living high-quality lives.

Chloe Jensen, Alyssa Clark
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Generation Z is the loneliest generation that the world has seen, with isolation rates higher than both Millennials and members of Generation X.

Abby Bowler
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Illiteracy affects a person's ability to fully participate in and contribute to the world around them. About 18% of the US adult population is functionally illiterate.

Chloe Haderlie, Alyssa Clark
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In the United States, 15.5 million children are living in poverty. Individuals who experience poverty as a child are more likely to experience poverty as adults as well.

Kara Reed
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Over 77% of children living in Cambodian orphanages have at least one living parent. The most common reason that parents send their children to live in institutions is because they do not have the money to provide for their material and educational needs.

Madison Coleman
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Approximately 22% of US women have experienced intimate partner violence during their lifetime, but less than 40% of women actively seek help in domestic violence situations.

Kaitlyn Short
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Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest represents a critical issue in our modern world, as it is the root cause of many other problems that affect the entire planet.

Brandon Wegrowski
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90% of deaf children are born into a family that speaks a language they cannot naturally acquire. If children do not receive frequent, accessible language before the age of 4, they may never achieve fluency in any language which can stunt cognitive development.

Mishonne Marks
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The high cost of schooling, inadequately trained teachers, family’s educational background, migration of parents to cities, and the economic inequality between the rural and urban areas all contribute to a lower caliber of education in rural provinces.

Mollie Bradley
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Homelessness occurs for a variety of reasons such as poverty, rent price increases, substance abuse, addiction, and mental illness.

Cassie Hall
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