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Sarah
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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Immigrants Have No Access to Justice

By Sarah Mehta, Fellow, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 5:08pm
Yesterday, I joined several organizations aiming to inform the U.S. government of its human rights commitments regarding access to justice .
Locked Up: Class-Action Lawsuits Challenge Mandatory Detention of Immigrants

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

By Sarah Mehta, Fellow, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU 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, Fellow, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU & 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…

Religion Doesn’t Justify Discrimination: ACLU Files Brief in Third Contraception Rule Challenge

Religion Doesn’t Justify Discrimination: ACLU Files Brief in Third Contraception Rule Challenge

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Michael J. Steinberg, Legal Director, ACLU of Michigan & Sarah Mehta, Fellow, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 12:33pm

Another private company – this one sells lawn and snow removal equipment in Michigan – is challenging the federal rule that requires employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception without a co-pay. As we’ve written…

"I Was Scared for My Life": Trapped in Detention With a Mental Disability

"I Was Scared for My Life": Trapped in Detention With a Mental Disability

By Sarah Mehta, Fellow, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 4:23pm

Thousands of immigrant detainees with mental disabilities are housed in remote detention facilities around the country, far from professional medical services and the contact and care of their families.

Local Enforcement Tactics Lead to Racial Profiling, Human Rights Abuses

By Sarah Mehta, Fellow, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 9:57am

Yesterday, military veteran and U.S. citizen Robert Cote spoke to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) about his wife, Rita, who was illegally arrested and detained by Florida police and now faces deportation.

In February…

Still Prosecuting the Little Fish at Gitmo

By Sarah Mehta, Fellow, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 9:01pm

At 5 p.m. on Friday, a jury of military officers sentenced Sudanese detainee Noor Uthman Muhammed to 14 years in prison. Shortly afterward, a military judge announced that under Muhammed's plea bargain agreement, he will serve almost three more years…

Sentencing an Al-Qaeda Lackey

By Sarah Mehta, Fellow, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 1:19pm

Yesterday opened with the selection of jurors (the process called "voir dire") who will sentence Noor Uthman Muhammed, the Sudanese detainee who accepted a guilty plea Tuesday morning. Noor pleaded guilty to providing material support to…

At Guantánamo: Enough Already

By Sarah Mehta, Fellow, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 10:58am

Yesterday morning, I watched Sudanese detainee Noor Uthman Muhammed plead guilty before a military commission in Guantánamo as part of a sealed plea deal capping his sentence at an undisclosed number of years. Noor Uthman Muhammed’s case…

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