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Azadeh N.
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Georgia “Show Me Your Papers” Legislation Will Endanger Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 2:06pm
April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. In observation, Georgia lawmakers should reject legislation that attacks immigrant women, including H.B. 87, a bill currently pending in the Georgia legislature that is a copycat of Arizona's S.B. 1070 racial profiling law. H.B. 87 would endanger victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by creating more fear and distrust of local law enforcement in communities across the state, much like 287(g) has done. Similar to 287(g) agreements, which are agreements between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and local police/sheriff departments, H.B. 87 would charge local law enforcement with enforcing federal immigration law.

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…

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…

Private Prisons for Immigrants Lack Accountability, Oversight

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 3:43pm

(Originally posted on AJC.com)

On March 11, a 39-year-old man held in detention at the Stewart Detention Center, a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in southwest Georgia, died at a hospital in Columbus.

The DREAM Act: Keeping Our Promise to Our Kids

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia & Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 3:37pm

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s one of the most common questions we ask our children. And no matter what answer they give — veterinarian, astronaut, president — we tell them the same thing: work hard…

Keep the University Gates Open for Georgia's DREAMers

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 6:13pm

Last week, seven undocumented students were arrested in Atlanta for engaging in a sit-in in front of Georgia State University. The students had gathered to call for the repeal of Georgia's discriminatory policy that denies undocumented students…

When It Comes to Immigration Detention and Enforcement, Georgia Sets a Terrible Example

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 12:00pm

On Monday, the ACLU of Georgia submitted testimony to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on conditions at Stewart and Irwin County Detention Centers as well as racial profiling in Cobb and Gwinnett counties. IACHR has a…

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 …

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