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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.

International Intervention Needed on Behalf of Obama's Child Soldiers

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 3:37pm
President-elect Barack Obama will make history on his inauguration day. And if a scheduled Guantánamo military commission trial goes forward on January 26, President-elect Obama will make a wholly different kind of history, by presiding over a terrible historical event.

A Plea to Obama, from Guantánamo

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 11:35am

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Yesterday marked the final military commission hearing before the eve of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration. The question of what will become of Guantánamo was a subject of much speculation…

The Chickens Are Coming Home to Roost

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 11:26am

(Also posted on Daily Kos.)

Friday brought another pre-trial hearing in the military commission case against Canadian Omar Khadr, the last Western national still being held at Guantánamo Bay. Now 22, Khadr was 15 when he was captured by U.S.…

Pentagon Admits Number of Guantánamo’s Children is Higher than Originally Disclosed

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 7:58pm

An AP article today announced the Pentagon has admitted that 12 children under the age of 18 have been held at Guantánamo since it opened in 2002. The news report comes on the heels of a study released last week by the U.C. Davis Center for…

No Defendant and No Defense at Guantánamo

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 7:14pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Friday morning, a determined and defiant Ali Hamza Ahmed Sulayman al-Bahlul (PDF) appeared before the military commission. Escorted by military police holding each of his wrists, al-Bahlul wore a tan prison…

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…

Allegations of Torture of Two Teen Detainees at Guantánamo

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 3:37pm

(Originally posted on DailyKos.)

Two hearings on Wednesday concerned the cases of two of the youngest prisoners of Guantánamo Bay, Omar Khadr and Mohammed Jawad, who were both teenagers when they were captured by U.S. forces.

On…

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…

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