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Sandhya
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Sandhya Bathija joined the ACLU communications department in September 2011 and serves the Washington Legislative Office. Previously, she worked in the communications department of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and as a reporter for The National Law Journal. She also practiced law for a small civil rights firm in Detroit, Michigan. She holds a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and is proud alum of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
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Poll and <em>Post</em> Agree: Criminal Disfranchisement Laws Are Unjust

Poll and Post Agree: Criminal Disfranchisement Laws Are Unjust

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 4:49pm
Criminal disfranchisement proved to be a hot issue in the Republican presidential debates recently, leading to a CNN poll asking, “Should felons be allowed to vote after serving their sentences?”
Voter Suppression Laws: Will We Let Them Impact the 2012 Election?

Voter Suppression Laws: Will We Let Them Impact the 2012 Election?

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 1:49pm

As we head into the 2012 presidential election, we’re sure to hear competing claims on where our electorate stands and speculations on why.

Last week, The Washington Post reported on 2010 U.S. Census data that shows the number of Black…

The Administration Must Act: Immigrants in Detention Deserve Equal Protection from Sexual Abuse

The Administration Must Act: Immigrants in Detention Deserve Equal Protection from Sexual Abuse

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 6:14pm

In 2009, Claudia Leiva Deras, a domestic violence survivor who is now a lawful U.S. resident, was held in immigration detention at the Cass County Jail in Plattsmouth, Neb. While Claudia waited there for the outcome of her immigration hearing,…

Threat to Current Sentencing Law Looms: Are We Headed Back to Mandatory Guidelines?

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 5:43pm

The debate over sentencing guidelines is about to heat up in Congress, according to a recent report by NPR. In a story that ran on Tuesday’s Morning Edition, Carrie Johnson reports that some GOP members of Congress aren’t happy with…

Latest Report on Obama Immigration Program Highlights Racial Profiling

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 11:39am

Soon after the Obama administration's centerpiece immigration program, Secure Communities, went into effect in West Virginia in 2009, patrons of a popular Latin dance club called Lobos drove into a trap.

One Sunday morning, police stopped…

ACLU Lens: Laura W. Murphy Speaks Out As a Mother on the Impact of Trayvon Martin's Death 

ACLU Lens: Laura W. Murphy Speaks Out As a Mother on the Impact of Trayvon Martin's Death 

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 12:05pm

The ACLU's Laura W. Murphy shares a personal story about how she has often feared her 22-year-old African-American son will be targeted like Trayvon Martin.

ACLU Lens: New York Times Highlights Data Showing Harsh Discipline for Minority Students and Students with Disabilities

ACLU Lens: New York Times Highlights Data Showing Harsh Discipline for Minority Students and Students with Disabilities

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 12:21pm

Today, the Department of Education will release crucial civil rights data exposing discipline practices in our country's public schools and certain juvenile justice facilities.

In a story published this morning, The New York Times provided…

ACLU Lens: A Fight Far From Over: Julian Bond Stands Up Against the Latest Attacks on Voting Rights

ACLU Lens: A Fight Far From Over: Julian Bond Stands Up Against the Latest Attacks on Voting Rights

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 2:09pm

In Sunday’s issue of the Chicago Tribune, famed civil rights activist Julian Bond reminded us that expanding access to the ballot for all Americans has been a critical part of our country’s history.

No one knows this better than…

ACLU Lens: NY Times Highlights DHS Latest Plan to Deport Criminals

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 1:36pm

The New York Times reports today that the Department of Homeland Security will begin a new system to review deportation cases in a way that officials claim will speed up the deportations of convicted criminals while stopping many deportations of…

Help Wanted: Farmers' Plight Proves Alabama's H.B. 56 Was Never About Creating Jobs

Help Wanted: Farmers' Plight Proves Alabama's H.B. 56 Was Never About Creating Jobs

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 3:17pm

Since Alabama’s draconian racial profiling law went into effect, farmers have been crying out for help.

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