Emily Dugan

Emily Dugan is Social Affairs Editor for The Independent, i and Independent on Sunday. She was previously a news reporter for The Independent on Sunday. Her investigations into human trafficking have twice been awarded Best Investigative Article at the Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards and her human rights journalism was shortlisted for the Gaby Rado Memorial prize at the 2012 Amnesty Media Awards. Emily is on sabbatical until March 2015

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Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah, (left) and Julie Burchill

What did this lesbian rabbi do to make Julie Burchill mad?

A lesbian Jewish leader says she has endured years of vitriol from the writer renowned for her strident style

Joining forces: these young British men featured in an Isis video in which they urged Islamists in the West to join them in Iraq and Syria

Radicalised Muslims in UK more likely to be born in Britain, rich and depressed

Youths from families with deep British roots more susceptible than recent migrants, finds study

Vulnerable older people: Cuts leave many with no care

Councils are scaling back assistance for adults assessed with ‘low’ or ‘moderate’ needs

Ghoncheh Ghavami was arrested for trying to watch a volleyball game in Tehran

Ghoncheh Ghavami: Mother of British-Iranian woman jailed for watching men's volleyball writes open letter to daughter

The mother of a British Iranian woman imprisoned in Tehran for watching a volleyball match has spoken publicly for the first time of her anguish at her daughter’s incarceration.

Those most disadvantaged economically during the recession were considerably more likely to have experienced a deterioration in their relationship. Posed by models

Couples hit hardest by the great recession are most likely to break up

The romantic toll of the recession has been revealed as research shows couples who suffered most during the economic downturn are eight times more likely to have broken up than those least affected.

Channel 4’s 'Benefits Street' popularised the idea

So-called 'welfare ghettos', with whole communities on benefits, are a myth, researchers say

The idea of welfare ghettos where whole communities are workless is a myth, according to research by leading academics.

All deaths in prison, immigration detention and probation service approved premises, were up 25 per cent in 2013/14

Prison suicides more than double in a year

All deaths in prison up by a quarter

Ahmadis at the Jalsa Salana convention in Hampshire

Ahmadiyya Muslims: British convention of a religious minority persecuted abroad spreads a message of love and peace

More than 30,000 Ahmadis listened to their caliph preach the ‘true teachings of Islam’

nder the Labour government, households were allowed to earn an extra £25,000 before they had to pay money back. But in 2010 this buffer was gradually reduced to £5,000 by the coalition, meaning thousands of families are being chased for overpayment debts

Exclusive: We know tax credits were overpaid. Now it's revealed the figure is £5.6bn

Money is clawed back from Britain's poor under new powers, even though cash was paid out after tax office miscalculations
Christina Fonthes ‘was detained by her own family’

British woman ‘held captive in Congo to cure her of being gay’

A British woman has been held captive in the Democratic Republic of Congo because her family wanted to “cure her of her gayness”, her friends allege.

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