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Cassandra Burke Robertson, Irina D. Manta: The government sometimes detains and deports US citizens

More than 1,500 U.S. citizens spent time in immigration detention between 2007 and 2015. In many cases, they were deported.

July 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: “Dear America” by Jose Bello

Two days after he read this poem at a TRUTH Act forum in Bakersfield, California, ICE arrested Jose Bello.

July 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

Naureen Shah: DHS is Locking Immigrants in Solitary Confinement

Government documents detail 8,488 cases of solitary confinement. In half the cases, solitary lasted longer than 15 days — the point at which some of its psychological harms may become irreversible and it can amount to torture.

May 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chrisse France: Ohio Lawmakers Ignored Us When They Banned Abortion. They Can’t Ignore Us in the Courtroom.

Every day at Preterm, women, pregnant people, and their loved ones walk through our doors needing compassion, empathy, support, and safe, affordable abortion care. They come to us because they know they will be cared for as whole people, without judgment or shame.

May 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Lornet Turnbull: Lawyers Turn to Activism as Civil Liberties Come Under Attack

A new generation of social justice attorneys has risen to defend against the hard-line policies of the Trump administration, from immigration and abortion access to voting and gender rights. . … Continue reading

August 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Hina Shamsi: U.S. Strikes in Syria Are an Illegal Response to Atrocity

ACLU National Security Project No one disputes that Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians is illegal, immoral, and unacceptable. But Assad’s illegality does not excuse illegality in … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Lornet Turnbull: Two-thirds of Americans live in the “Constitution-Free Zone”

In Hartford, Vermont, last year, U.S. Border Patrol agents boarded a Greyhound bus as it arrived from Boston, asking passengers about their citizenship and checking the IDs of people of … Continue reading

April 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rita Sklar: An Arkansas Town Agrees to Criminal Justice Reform to Ensure That the Poor Are Not Jailed

For years, the city of Sherwood, Arkansas, home to about 30,000 people, had a practice of jailing people who could not afford to pay court costs incurred from bounced checks. … Continue reading

November 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: A Lady of the Most Impeccable Taste

In this dark time of too-few heroes, we pay tribute to Juli Briskman, a working 50-year-old single mom to two teenagers in Virginia who was out biking and brooding on … Continue reading

November 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Abre’ Conner: Defending White Supremacists as a Black Attorney

As a constitutional lawyer, I fully support the First Amendment. But as a black person, I’m conflicted when it comes to defending hate. Being a black constitutional and civil rights … Continue reading

August 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Nadia Prupis: Trump’s Disastrous 100 Days Fueling “Golden Era of Activism”

Some of the nation’s leading watchdog groups released reports this week taking stock of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, covering everything from his failure to “drain the … Continue reading

April 29, 2017 · 2 Comments

Nadia Prupis: US Ditches Human Rights Hearing in ‘Unprecedented Show of Disrespect’

ACLU had planned to drill officials on immigration, DAPL, and Muslim ban, but representatives from various departments never showed. The U.S. failed to show up to a human rights hearing … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

Brigitte Amiri: How is Trump Planning to Attack Reproductive Rights, LGBT Equality, and Religious Minorities? Let’s Find Out.

The ACLU has filed four Freedom of Information Act requests to find out how the Trump administration plans to target women, religious minorities, and other communities. There is no question that … Continue reading

March 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Justice Department to Investigate Alton Sterling Shooting

Sterling is the 122nd Black person to be killed by U.S. law enforcement this year. The US Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that it has launched a civil rights … Continue reading

July 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

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