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Mehta

Sarah Mehta is a Human Rights Researcher with the ACLU’s Human Rights Program.  Previously, Sarah worked as the detention fellow with the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project and as a staff attorney at the ACLU of Michigan. From 2009-2011, Sarah was the Aryeh Neier fellow at Human Rights Watch and the ACLU’s Human Rights Program, focusing on the rights of people with mental disabilities in the U.S. immigration system. While a law student, she was a student director of the prisoner rights clinic and worked on capital and criminal defense cases with the New Haven public defender office, as well as working in the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. She has also worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center in Mississippi and for civil rights attorney Mary Howell. Prior to law school, Sarah was a Fulbright scholar in India working on minority rights. She is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School.

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Fairness for Workers Laboring in the Shadows

Fairness for Workers Laboring in the Shadows

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 1:05pm
Leopolda Zumaya was working as an apple picker in Pennsylvania when he fell from a tree, breaking his leg and leaving him with permanent nerve damage and a chronic pain disorder. A treating physician said Mr. Zumaya's injuries were among the worst he'd seen, but when his boss learned Mr. Zumaya could not return to work, he ejected Mr. Zumaya from the farm labor camp where he lived and refused to pay benefits. More than eight years later, Mr. Zumaya continues to suffer chronic pain and struggles to walk.
Harrowing Tales of the Wrongly Deported: How Border Patrol Officers Flout the Law and Destroy Lives

Harrowing Tales of the Wrongly Deported: How Border Patrol Officers Flout the Law and Destroy Lives

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 10:40am

This was originally posted on The American Prospect.

In 2008, Nydia, a transgender woman, fled physical and sexual attacks in Mexico and was granted asylum in the United States. She was saving money to apply for lawful permanent residence (a…

Aquellos que Obama dejó olvidados – y deportó sin una oportunidad de ser escuchados

Aquellos que Obama dejó olvidados – y deportó sin una oportunidad de ser escuchados

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 1:34pm

Nydia ya tenía asilo en los Estados Unidos cuando fue deportada dos veces por agentes fronterizos de nuevo al peligro del cual ella huyó. Nydia, una mujer transgénero de México, dijo a los oficiales que ella tenía estatus y que había sido violada…

The Ones Obama Left Behind - And Deported Without a Chance to Be Heard

The Ones Obama Left Behind - And Deported Without a Chance to Be Heard

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 8:14am

Nydia already had asylum in the United States when she was twice deported by border officers back to the danger she fled from. A transgender woman from Mexico, Nydia told officers she had status and had been raped and attacked in Mexico when she returned…

The United States Admits It Crossed a Line. That’s the Least of It.

The United States Admits It Crossed a Line. That’s the Least of It.

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 12:54pm

On Wednesday, the United Nations Committee Against Torture began its review of the United States’ record on torture—not only at the infamous Guantánamo Bay but closer to home, in our prisons, police forces, and immigration facilities.

The…

Why is the U.S. Deporting Families it Should be Protecting?

Why is the U.S. Deporting Families it Should be Protecting?

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 9:49am

This year, when a large number of families and children arrived in the United States seeking protection, the U.S. government's primary response has been to expand family detention and accelerate deportations.

This Monday, the ACLU and other…

The Kids Aren't Alright: America Fails to Protect Youth in Crisis

The Kids Aren't Alright: America Fails to Protect Youth in Crisis

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 4:40pm

Earlier this year, I sat in an immigration office in Nogales, Mexico, surrounded by children who had just been deported from the United States. All of the children I spoke with, ranging in age from 11 to 17 years old, traveled to the United States…

American women sitting in front of the capitol building

Immigrants Have No Access to Justice

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 5:08pm

Yesterday, I joined several organizations aiming to inform the U.S. government of its human rights commitments regarding access to justice .

My presentation focused on access to justice in the U.S. immigration system and was part…

Locked Up: Class-Action Lawsuits Challenge Mandatory Detention of Immigrants

Locked Up: Class-Action Lawsuits Challenge Mandatory Detention of Immigrants

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 3:30pm

We have a broken immigration system. One of the worst features of that system is our draconian immigration prisons...

Two Big Wins for Civil Liberties in Monday's Immigration Markup

Two Big Wins for Civil Liberties in Monday's Immigration Markup

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program & Alex Berger, Legislative Assistant, ACLU at 9:36am

In yesterday's flurry of activity in the Senate Judiciary Committee on the comprehensive immigration reform bill, there were two big wins for civil liberties: Blumenthal 2, an amendment that limits solitary confinement in immigration detention, and…

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