Human Rights

166 ABA Journal Human Rights articles.

Government separated immigrant family, asked 5-year-old to sign away hearing rights
A 5-year-old Honduran asylum seeker was separated from her grandmother after the Trump administration officially ended its policy of separating families—and asked to sign away her right to a bond hearing, the New Yorker reported Thursday.
Major issues in carrying out family separation policy detailed in Homeland Security report
Two reports from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General released this week were highly critical of how the agency handled child and adult immigrants in custody in Texas and California.
Former law firm clients coached to lie in asylum cases may be targeted for deportation
Up to 13,500 immigrants who have received asylum may be deported because the law firms they used were found to be coaching them in what to say, NPR reported last Friday.
Trump administration starts denying visas to same-sex partners of diplomats and UN employees
The Trump administration has begun denying visas to the same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and UN officials, Foreign Policy reports.
California asserts global power in defiance of Trump administration policies
Gov. Jerry Brown’s defiant posture underscores how U.S. states and municipalities are increasingly venturing into the realm of international affairs as they mobilize against Trump administration policies in areas such as the environment, immigration and human rights.
Asylum-seekers whose children were taken away may get another chance under DOJ settlement

The federal government has agreed to settle three lawsuits over the Trump administration’s policy of separating families seeking asylum in the United States.

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US ‘will fight’ any International Criminal Court investigation of Americans or allies, says Bolton
National Security Adviser and former United Nations ambassador John Bolton on Monday reacted to the possibility that International Criminal Court will investigate alleged war crimes in Afghanistan with a threat to prosecute its judges and prosecutors.
India high court throws out law prohibiting gay sex in unanimous ruling
An law criminalizing gay sex in India was overturned Thursday by the country’s Supreme Court.
With political will, global community could solve refugee problem, says former UN official
There are more displaced people internationally now than at any point since World War II, says Alex Aleinikoff, a former Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees at the United Nations. But the problem is manageable, he says—if there's the political will to deal with the problem.
ABA House urges legal employers not to require mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment claims
After a year in which sexual harassment in the workplace has taken center stage, the ABA’s House of Delegates voted Tuesday to urge legal employers not to require mandatory arbitration of such claims.
Defenders of international human rights get support from ABA House

The ABA House of Delegates voted to affirm the association’s commitment to international human rights and the rule of law in two resolutions on Monday.

Resolution 106A “condemns the…

Zero-tolerance immigration policy created ‘manufactured crisis’ that lawyers are needed to address
Attorneys who've spent their careers concentrating on immigration law and child welfare have been scrambling for months to deal with the fallout of what they call a “manufactured crisis” initiated by the government without adequate preparation or notice to key stakeholders.
Travel ban waivers are wrongfully denied, class action lawsuit alleges
Dissenting from Trump v. Hawaii, the “travel ban” case, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that there’s reason to believe that the visa waiver program, granting exceptions to the ban in specific situations, “is nothing more than a sham.”
Government reunites many but not all immigrant families by deadline
Updated: At the arrival of the July 26 deadline for reuniting immigrant families forcibly separated by the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, the federal government says it has reunited all of the families in which it believes parents are eligible to retake custody of their children—but the American Civil Liberties Union is raising questions about how eligibility is defined.
New video from ABA president calls for lawyers to help separated immigrant families
ABA President Hilarie Bass has posted a short video asking America’s lawyers to help reunite immigrant families at the border.

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