As incoming vice president of the Social Justice Program, Alli Jernow brings a wealth of experience in human rights and legal advocacy to the Arcus team.

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The rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra provide the last natural refuge on Earth for critically endangered orangutans and an important habitat for several endangered gibbon species. But these vital landscapes face unprecedented threats of destruction driven by industrial agriculture and infrastructure development.

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As the world continues its tenuous recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, new avenues and opportunities are emerging to advance the rights and safety of global LGBTQ communities. Even so, recent legislative and judicial setbacks for trans rights and reproductive justice in the U.S.

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Crises of the past two years have posed serious roadblocks to social justice advances worldwide, and as recent months have shown, 2022 offers no respite. In the southern United States, a wave of state-level policies threatens to undo hard-fought progress toward LGBTQ rights and recognition.

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Great apes and gibbons deserve to live undisturbed and on their own terms across their natural ranges, from the tropical belt of Africa to South and Southeast Asia. But human activities are rapidly putting pressure on their very survival.

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As a foundation working in deep collaboration with grantee partners around the world, we at Arcus are acutely aware that the way we work with partners as well as how we are perceived by them is important to track, evaluate, and, when beneficial, improve. This helps us understand our level of impact and our alignment with our standards and values.

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