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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 mandate to promote respect for human rights in the region and is authorized to examine allegations of human rights violations in all member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) including the United States.

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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. …

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