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Georgia Must Enact Anti-Profiling Laws

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 11:34am
When I testified this month before the Special Joint Committee on Immigration Reform, a committee of 14 Republicans convened to draft legislative proposals for the upcoming legislative session, I reminded them about the continued obligation of Georgia under international human rights law to protect and preserve the human dignity of all people regardless of immigration status.

Standing Up for Your Faith Could Get You Arrested in Douglasville, Georgia

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 12:23pm

Yesterday, I joined Lisa Valentine in front of the Douglasville Municipal Courthouse to announce a lawsuit brought by the ACLU and the ACLU of Georgia on her behalf.

This was the same courthouse that Mrs. Valentine attempted to enter in…

Time to Reckon with Torture

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 3:53pm

(Originally posted at the Daily Report.)

This past February, I was at a hearing in the Georgia House Defense & Veterans Affairs Committee to testify against a measure that would have had the effect of keeping the prison at Guantánamo…

Why Colleges Should Not Enter Dangerous Terrain of Local Enforcement of Immigration Laws

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 11:12am

(Originally posted on AJC.com)

Jessica Colotl, the 21-year-old exemplary Kennesaw State college student who fell victim to the Cobb sheriff’s abuse of the 287(g) power, which delegates some federal immigration enforcement authority…

ICE's Misplaced Priorities: The Numbers Speak for Themselves and the Stories Cry Out for Justice

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 4:04pm

This past Wednesday, Jessica Colotl was released from the Etowah Detention Center in Alabama and allowed to reunite with her family back in Cobb County, Georgia. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has granted Jessica deferred action …

Time to Put an End to Racial Profiling in Georgia

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 3:33pm
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(Originally posted on Huffington Post.)

Today, the ACLU of Georgia released a report about racial profiling in Gwinnett County,…

Georgia Law Will Safeguard Children from Abusive Military Recruitment

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 5:00pm

(Originally posted on Huffington Post.)

The United States has long participated in programs abroad that prevent the recruitment of child soldiers.But the added strain of fulfilling enlistment quotas necessary to carry out sustained U.S. …

Standing Up For Migrants’ Rights In Georgia

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 2:13pm

I was joined this morning by other human rights advocates in delivering a human rights resolution to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on the occasion of International Migrants’ Day. The resolution emphasizes the human dignity of all…

Time For Cobb County To Walk Away From 287(g)

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 11:40am

(Originally posted on The Marietta Daily Journal Online)

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to accept Sheriff Neil Warren's recommendation on the re-signing of the 287(g) Agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.…

Religious Freedom an Unkept Vow in U.S.

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 2:32pm

(A version of this article originally appeared on AJC.com)

I have been watching with interest and apprehension the movement reverberating in my birthplace over the past few weeks. The cries of “Azadi” by the people who have poured…

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