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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 facility in the country.
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…

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…

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.…

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.…

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…

Abusive Recruitment Practices? Not Now, Not Ever

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 3:54pm

Last night, I participated at a press conference to unveil a human rights resolution opposing the proposed DeKalb County Marine Corp. Institute (DCMI). DCMI would expose students as young as 14 to military discipline, military culture, and military…

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…

Georgia Is Not a "Show Me Your Papers" State

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia & Omar Jadwat, Immigrants' Rights Project & Omar Jadwat, Immigrants' Rights Project at 5:00pm

This week the ACLU and ACLU of Georgia along with a coalition of other civil rights groups filed a class action lawsuit challenging Georgia’s discriminatory anti-immigrant law inspired by Arizona’s notorious S.B. 1070. The Georgia…

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…

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