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Video of Haitian Deportees Brings Home the Reality of Disgraceful ICE Removal Policy

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office & Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 4:54pm
A new video from the New York Times is helping shed light on the plight of those recently deported from the U.S. to Haiti. In the piece, "Strangers in a Strange Land," deportees lead cameras on a tour of the hardship they face daily. The conditions they expose range from appalling to life-threatening — dangerously overcrowded prisons, housing crawling with roaches, and camps lacking even the most basic necessities. The footage paints a picture of a nation without a functioning infrastructure, which is certainly in no position to receive deportees. The devastation Haiti suffered in a massive 2010 earthquake has only been compounded by a recent cholera epidemic that has already killed thousands and is projected to affect between 400,000 and 800,000 more.
Amidst the Budget Chaos, Long-Awaited Abortion Coverage for Women in the Peace Corps

Amidst the Budget Chaos, Long-Awaited Abortion Coverage for Women in the Peace Corps

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 12:00am

The news out of Washington this weekend was dramatic as lawmakers hashed out an eleventh hour deal over a $1.1 trillion funding bill to narrowly avert a government shutdown. But amidst the chaos and special interest wins in favor of salty lunches and…

The Paycheck Fairness Act:  It's Time to Stop the Catch 22

The Paycheck Fairness Act: It's Time to Stop the Catch 22

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 11:16am

Last week, Terri Kelly testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee about pay discrimination. In her nine year career as a pharmaceutical sales rep, Kelly was extremely successful—one of the best-performing reps in…

Justice for All Victims of Sexual Assault

Justice for All Victims of Sexual Assault

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 12:57pm

Last week, President Obama signed a bill in honor of Kate Puzey, a 24-year-old Peace Corps volunteer who was murdered while serving in West Africa.

ACLU Testifies at Voter Suppression Forum on the Hill

ACLU Testifies at Voter Suppression Forum on the Hill

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 1:40pm

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives held a forum on Monday to shine a light on recent regressive voting laws throughout the country.

Laura W. Murphy, director of ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, reminded the panel that…

Immigrants in Detention: Forgotten Victims of Prison Rape

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office & Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 4:23pm

Imagine you are arrested — not for committing a crime, but because of your immigration status. You are then taken to an unfamiliar location and locked up in a detention center, far away from your family and friends, to await complicated,…

Immigrants in Detention: Forgotten Victims of Prison Rape

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office & Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 4:23pm

Imagine you are arrested — not for committing a crime, but because of your immigration status. You are then taken to an unfamiliar location and locked up in a detention center, far away from your family and friends, to await complicated,…

What the House is Really Doing on Immigration Today

What the House is Really Doing on Immigration Today

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 10:28am

No one knows when, or if, House leadership will take up immigration reform.

But House appropriators are already poised to consider a bill that will immediately impact the immigration enforcement system for years to come: the Commerce, Justice,…

Secretary Jeh Johnson testifying

Answering to the American People on Immigration

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 4:00pm

This week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson is busy testifying before four different congressional committees  on the President’s FY 2015 DHS budget request.

In these hearings, Congress must demand answers…

Taking Candy from a Border Agent

Taking Candy from a Border Agent

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 10:22am

Is it harder to take candy from a baby or a border agent?

That question may be impossible to answer definitively, but according to multiple whistleblowers, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees have quite the sweet tooth: they've…

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