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Balancing National Security Concerns with the Right to Seek Asylum

08/12/2011

A June 16 decision filed by the US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit (comprised of DE, NJ, and PA) offered a ray of hope to asylum seekers facing the daunting and ambiguous “national security bar.” The decision prevented the deportation of two Uzbek men and likely saved their lives. On a larger scale, the decision is a step forward for all those seeking asylum from torture who would otherwise be barred because of tenuous national security concerns.

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Secure Communities Goes Yet Another Step Too Far

08/11/2011

In June, PHR blogged about its concerns that the Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) “enhancements” to its controversial Secure Communities (S-Comm) program were merely cosmetic and would do nothing to protect people who are unfairly swept up in its overly broad net. Now, it seems that those concerns are well-founded.

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“Keep Our Communities Safe Act” is Dangerous and Unconstitutional

08/02/2011

H.R. 1932, the deceptively-titled “Keep Our Communities Safe Act”, passed out of the House Judiciary Committee two weeks ago despite strident criticism of its sweeping provisions. The Act is a threat to the fundamental tenet of due process, to the human rights of asylum seekers, and to fiscal responsibility.

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LGBT Detainees at Increased Risk for Abuse and Mistreatment

08/02/2011

Several egregious examples of abuse of LGBT detainees, including sexual and physical assault, prolonged isolation, and withholding of medical care, have been documented in two reports this year.

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Strauss-Kahn's Accuser Deserves Her Day in Court

07/14/2011

The French press calls it a soap opera and the US public is similarly enthralled – former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the hotel housekeeper accusing him of sexual assault have each been painted alternately as villain or victim.

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