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Jennifer
Turner

Jennifer Turner is the Human Rights Researcher in the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)’s Human Rights Program. She conducts documentation research and advocacy on human rights violations in the United States, with a focus on criminal justice, policing, national security, racial justice, women’s rights, children’s rights, and immigrants’ rights. She is the author of numerous ACLU reports, including A Living Death, on life without parole sentences for nonviolent offenses; Island of Impunity, which documents police brutality and failure to police domestic and sexual violence in Puerto Rico; and Blocking Faith, Freezing Charity, on how terrorism financing policies undermine Muslims’ religious freedom and chill charitable giving. She also carries out advocacy before the U.N. Human Rights Council, human rights treaty monitoring bodies and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and monitors military commission hearings at Guantánamo Bay.

 

Prior to joining the ACLU, Jennifer was a fellow in the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, where she researched and reported on abuses against Asian migrant domestic workers in the Middle East. She has also worked in the asylum program of Human Rights First assisting refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. to obtain pro bono legal representation. Jennifer is a graduate of Yale University and New York University Law School.

Making It Up As We Go Along

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 6:25pm
(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Psychologists on the Dark Side

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 8:36pm

(Originally posted at Daily Kos.)

Thursday’s hearing in Afghan national Mohammed Jawad’s case brought stunning testimony on serious abuse he suffered at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan as a teenager, as well as military psychologists’ role…

U.N. Grills U.S. on Detention of Accused Child Soldiers in Iraq and Guantánamo

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 9:11pm

Today here at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child reviewed the United States for its compliance with the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict. Ratified by the U.S. in…

A Decade in Detention for Former Child Soldier

A Decade in Detention for Former Child Soldier

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 11:39am

Today marks a decade in U.S. custody for Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen who is Guantánamo’s youngest prisoner. Even though he has been eligible for transfer back to Canada for almost nine months pursuant to his October 2010 plea deal,…

While Manning Languishes in Military Custody, U.N. Calls for Accountability for Torture

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 1:49pm

Friday in Geneva, the U.N. Human Rights Council, comprised of 47 nations, adopted a long list of over 200 recommendations of policy changes needed to bring the U.S. into compliance with its human rights obligations. The council's recommendations…

On Human Rights Day, Demanding Justice for All

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 12:05pm
"From the execution of innocent inmates, to en masse arrest and deportation of immigrant workers, to torture victims denied their day in court, the ACLU's new report details how U.S. victims of human rights abuses are systematically denied access…

Government Witness Claims Gitmo Radicalized Child Soldier

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 2:49pm

Since Omar Khadr's guilty plea this Monday, the case has moved into the sentencing phase, and a panel of senior military officers has been hearing testimony about mitigating and aggravating factors. Khadr's actual sentence is capped under the plea…

Escape from Guantánamo by Plea Deal

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 11:22am

Yesterday, Canadian detainee Omar Khadr pled guilty to all five charges against him, in an 11th-hour plea deal that averted the scheduled resumption of his military commission trial. Imprisoned since his capture in Afghanistan at age 15, Khadr has…

Khadr Accepts Plea Deal, Trial Averted

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 3:44pm

Earlier today, Omar Khadr pled guilty to all charges against him, averting a full-blown military commissions trial that was slated to restart today. A sentencing hearing will commence tomorrow. (But like Ibrahim al-Qosi before him, his actual sentence…

The Gitmo Sentence Guessing Game

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 11:27am

Before Omar Khadr's trial ground to a halt last week, the sentencing hearing of 50-year-old detainee Ibrahim al-Qosi continued apace. Al-Qosi is the first detainee to be convicted in the military commissions under the Obama administration, in a plea…

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