Human Rights

158 ABA Journal Human Rights articles.

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.
Former AG Eric Holder to receive Thurgood Marshall Award at ABA meeting: Will he run for president?
Former Attorney General Eric Holder will receive the Thurgood Marshall Award from the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice on Aug. 4 during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Immigrant children begin appearing in court without lawyers or parents
Most immigrants facing deportation wouldn’t climb onto a table during their court hearings. But then again, most 3-year-olds don’t go to court without parents or lawyers.
ABA president describes weeping mothers and due process concerns at the border
It’s not just the crying that concerned ABA President Hilarie Bass when she met with mothers detained at South Texas’ Port Isabel Detention Center. But there was crying.
Lawyers for Good Government launches project to reunite immigrant families
The Lawyers for Good Government Foundation is organizing an effort to reunite immigrant families separated by the federal government after they were caught crossing the U.S. border.
ABA president will visit Texas-Mexico border to assess how America’s lawyers can help
Updated: ABA President Hilarie Bass will visit the Rio Grande Valley of Texas on June 25-26 in response to widespread concern about the federal policy of separating families at the U.S.-Mexican border.
ABA asylum project attorney describes representing separated families at the border
Attorneys representing asylum-seekers from Central America frequently have worked with traumatized clients. But since the federal government began separating families after arresting parents for illegal entry, Kimi Jackson of the ABA’s South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project says the trauma has gotten far worse.
Separating asylum-seeking immigrant families violates due process rights, federal judge says
Separating asylum-seeking mothers from their children is brutal, offensive and a violation of the due process clause, according to a federal judge in San Diego.
UN human rights office calls on Trump administration to stop separating immigrant families
The office of the United Nations high commissioner for human rights has called on the United States to immediately stop its practice of separating families at the border, calling it “a serious violation of the rights of the child.”

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