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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.

A Beacon for Liberty and Justice

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 11:23am
Tuesday was the conclusion of jury selection for the trial of Canadian Omar Khadr, as 15 jury pool members were whittled down to seven selected jurors, all officers in the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marines.

Pentagon Should Reverse Gitmo Reporter Ban

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 3:04pm

In a group letter sent today, the ACLU, Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the National Institute for Military Justice called for the Department of Defense to reverse its decision banning four reporters from covering…

Enough is Enough

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 1:17pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Hearings continued Friday and Saturday in the case of Canadian Omar Khadr, who again was absent from the proceedings. Accused of throwing a grenade that killed an American medic and participating in a terrorist…

"Eyes and Ears"

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 9:30pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Yesterday was day two of pretrial hearings in the case of Toronto-born Omar Khadr, who has been in U.S. detention for a third of his life, since his capture at age 15 in Afghanistan.  The hearing was sidetracked…

It is Time to Join the Rest of the World: Omar Khadr and the Convention on the Rights of the Child

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 12:53pm

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most comprehensive treaty on children's rights. The convention has been ratified by nearly every country in the world, except the United States. The convention would…

EU Accepting Guantánamo Detainees Would Signal Global Support for Restoring the Rule of Law

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 10:32am

(Originally posted in Jurist.)

President Obama's recent executive orders to close the Guantánamo Bay prison camp within a year and to reverse many of the Bush Administration's most egregious detention and torture policies were a huge…

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…

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…

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