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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Fathers 4 Justice and the mother of all hate campaigns?

An extraordinary hearing will shed light on a bitter dispute involving a Conservative MP and the self-appointed champions of parental rights

Shelter claim that two-thirds of private sector rental tenants in England are 'trapped'

Five million Britons could be stuck in the 'rent trap' forever, claims Shelter

Proportion of renters unable to save for deposit leaps 13% in two years

Exploitative gangmaster fined only £500

An illegal gangmaster who made Romanian workers scavenge in bins while charging them to live in an unheated shed has been fined just £500.

Seven charged over alleged imprisonment and ill-treatment of Devon care home patients

Seven people have been charged over the alleged imprisonment and ill-treatment of patients with learning difficulties in three Devon care homes.

A rainbow flag is waved outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London

Young, middle class Londoners most likely to be gay

People in the north-east least likely to be out

ChildLine has revealed that more than one in 10 callers report bullying or sexual advances by females

Women can abuse children too - and society must confront it

As ChildLine reveals that more than one in 10 callers report bullying or sexual advances by females, one victim tells his family's story
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.

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