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Obama 2.0: Will Plans for immigration Reform Address Needs of the Most Vulnerable?

11/29/2012

There is a broad consensus that our immigration system is in desperate need of an overhaul. Comprised of a hopelessly complicated patchwork of laws enacted in response to events like the 1993 World Trade Center bombings and the 9/11 attacks, the immigration system creates narrow pathways for some immigrants to come to or remain in the United States, while making it almost impossibly hard for others, including many fleeing torture and persecution.

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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Limits Solitary Confinement

11/28/2012

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday ruled that holding an inmate for 10 months in solitary confinement with only periodic informal review of his custody was unlawful. ... While stopping short of prohibiting the use of solitary confinement, the court’s ruling firmly establishes that inmates are entitled to a mechanism for challenging their placement in solitary.

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Medicine Meets the Law: When a Psychological Evaluation Means the Difference between Asylum and Deportation

11/08/2012

When people make the decision to escape the torture and persecution they’ve suffered in their home countries by fleeing to the US, many have no idea that they have only one year from the time they arrive to apply for asylum.

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UN Advisor Says Solitary Confinement in the US is Torture

10/16/2012

For all the controversy over whether solitary confinement should ever be used in American prisons and jails, the evidence is clear: Isolation for 23 hours a day causes severe and often irreversible psychological damage.

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Combating Gender-Based Violence as a US Policy Priority

10/11/2012

The American policymaking and civil society community should take inspiration from the Tunisian woman who refused to be a silent victim and the countless others like her, and work together to fight against sexual and gender-based violence, in all its forms.

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