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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…

The Reality of Life Inside Immigration Detention

The Reality of Life Inside Immigration Detention

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 5:18pm

In the last 15 years, we've witnessed a dramatic expansion in the jailing of immigrants, from about 70,000 people detained annually to about 400,000.  In the mid-1990’s, during the height of an anti-immigrant backlash, Congress passed a…

License to Abuse? Time for Bureau of Prisons to Sever Ties with CCA

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 6:08pm

In 2009, a 39-year-old detainee at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia, died after a heart infection was allegedly allowed to go untreated. Stewart, the largest immigration detention center in the country, is owned by the Corrections…

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…

Newest Anti-Immigrant Law Will Further Damage Georgia

Newest Anti-Immigrant Law Will Further Damage Georgia

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia & Jonathan Blazer, ACLU at 1:44pm

Just when it seemed that Georgia was coming to grips with the damage caused by H.B. 87, the state's Arizona-inspired anti-immigrant law, some lawmakers are again attempting to rush through new measures that would further marginalize and exclude…

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 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…

Georgia: Don’t Allow Extremism to Highjack Good Fixes to Immigration Bill

Georgia: Don’t Allow Extremism to Highjack Good Fixes to Immigration Bill

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 4:39pm

Two years ago, Georgia passed one of the most stringent immigration laws in the country, House Bill 87. Both supporters and opponents of the bill now agree that it has a major flaw which needs to be fixed quickly. As written, the law subjects U.S.…

Prisoners of Profit: Immigrants and Detention in Georgia

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 12:17pm

The ACLU of Georgia recently released a comprehensive report on conditions of detention for immigrants in Georgia, three of which are operated by for-profit corporations and one of which, the Stewart Detention Center, is the largest immigration detention…

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