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Katie
Haas

Katie Haas is a paralegal for the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. Katie graduated from Yale in 2012, where she majored in history. Her senior thesis focused on human rights and transitional justice, specifically discussing the 1985 junta trial in Argentina. She won the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program’s summer fellowship in 2011, and spent that summer as a legal intern with the New York City community organization Make the Road New York. Katie was also a research assistant for Yale Law School Professor Judith Resnik and coordinated the Yale chapter of Amnesty International.

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ACLU Files FOIA Request for Unreleased DHS Privacy Report on Laptop Searches at the Border

ACLU Files FOIA Request for Unreleased DHS Privacy Report on Laptop Searches at the Border

By Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 10:07am
Aiming to determine the impact of border searches on Americans’ civil liberties, the Department of Homeland Security has produced a report on its policy of combing through and sometimes confiscating travelers’ laptops, cell phones, and other electronic devices—even when there is no suspicion of wrongdoing. The report was completed sometime between October 2011 and September 2012, and last week DHS quietly posted only the executive summary on its website, without many people noticing.
Executing Human Dignity: US Death Penalty System to Undergo International Scrutiny

Executing Human Dignity: US Death Penalty System to Undergo International Scrutiny

By Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 10:16am

The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) recently released its 2012 Year End Report, which contained some important news: the number of death sentences in the U.S. remained very close to its 2011 historic low. The 78 death sentences handed down…

Falling Behind: The Human Rights Implications of Solitary Confinement in the United States

Falling Behind: The Human Rights Implications of Solitary Confinement in the United States

By Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 9:45am

Last week, the world celebrated International Human Rights Day, marking the 64th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Making Human Rights Reality

Making Human Rights Reality

By Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 12:07pm

Today is Human Rights Day and the 64th anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As one of the first documents to present the world with a comprehensive vision of human rights, the declaration is…

Seeking a Second Chance: Children Sentenced to Life Without Parole Seek Justice Before International Tribunal

Seeking a Second Chance: Children Sentenced to Life Without Parole Seek Justice Before International Tribunal

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU & Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 12:47pm

By her thirteenth birthday, Barbara Hernandez had lived with an abusive, alcoholic father and been molested by her mother’s second husband.  At fifteen, Barbara dropped out of school and moved in with her boyfriend James, who beat her and…

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