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.
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.
On Sept. 25, PHR joined a group of international human rights experts and organizations in filing an amicus brief on an appeal before the Spanish Supreme Court. The case seeks to hold accountable six senior legal advisers in the Bush administration who allegedly facilitated the torture and abuse of people detained at Guantánamo and other detention sites overseas.
Most immigrants detained in America’s sprawling immigration detention system stay for only a short time – an average of about 30 days – before being deported. But for those who choose to fight to stay in the United States – including asylum seekers, long-term undocumented residents, and green card holders who have strong family and community ties – detention can last for many months, sometimes even years.
In the complex debate over illegal immigration, one population goes largely unnoticed: the thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children who make their way to the US every year.