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Last updated: August 27, 2021

August 19, 2021

Dedicated Leaders Advance Central Asia's Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

Millions of Central Asians leave their homes each year in search of more lucrative job opportunities. However, due to insufficient protection of migrants’ rights and safe migration routes, many are at risk of exploitation.

July 2, 2021

An obstetrics and gynecologist (OBGYN) by training, Dr. Galina Grebennikova, is now the head of the Kazakhstan Association of Sexual and Reproductive Health. Soon after graduating from medical school in 1994, Galina started her rotation in Kazakhstan’s newly formed Family Planning Unit in Almaty.

July 1, 2021

Almagambetova Gulzhan Zhaksylykovna, wears many hats: wife, mother, grandmother, and Supreme Court justice. She went to law school when Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union. “I studied law at the Legal College in Chelyabinsk and later graduated from the Sverdlovsk Law Institute in Russia in 1991.” Her father was a respected lawyer who spent decades in the prosecutor’s office. “I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” says Justice Almagambetova.  

June 23, 2021

Diana Medvednikova started her career in 2003 at an independent, regional newspaper, Nasha Gazeta. “It’s famous because it has no state funding! It still exists,” she says proudly. Today, Diana is the Director and Cofounder of the Legal Media Center, a nongovernmental organization focused on media rights, in Kazakhstan. The Center is a USAID-funded Central Asia Media Program grantee that advocates for media independence and trains journalists and law students across the country on mass media. 

June 16, 2021

Azamjon, a 31-year-old immigrant from Uzbekistan working in Aktobe, Kazakhstan, supports his wife, two children, father, and a sister. “Every month I send up to 75 percent of my monthly income to my family, so they can buy groceries, pay utility bills, school fees, and private lessons for my children,” Azamjon remarked.