Blog of Rights


GAO Report Highlights State Department Abandonment of Domestic Workers

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 2:32pm
Earlier this week, the Government Accountability Office released a human rights report (PDF) documenting the abuse and exploitation of domestic workers by foreign diplomats in the U.S. As described by Kirk Semple on the New York Times blog, this is a widespread but largely hidden problem that is greatly exacerbated by the shield of diplomatic immunity and the government’s refusal to hold diplomats responsible even in the most egregious cases.

It's Not Choice, It's Inequality

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 1:55pm

Today the ACLU filed an amended complaint in federal court charging that Breckinridge County, Ky., and the U.S. Department of Education are violating the law by allowing sex segregation in public schools. The ACLU lawsuit expands a previous lawsuit…

Three New Marriage States in Two Weeks – All Eyes Are On You, Illinois!

Three New Marriage States in Two Weeks – All Eyes Are On You, Illinois!

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 10:34am

Yesterday, Minnesota became the 12th state in the country to approve a law allowing same-sex couples to marry. This comes on the heels of Rhode Island and Delaware approving freedom to marry laws in the last two weeks, and historic victories at the…

Aloha Marriage!

Aloha Marriage!

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 6:06pm

Today the Hawaii Senate cast the final vote needed to advance the marriage bill to the desk of the governor, who will sign in the next day or two, sealing Hawaii's position as the 16th state with the freedom to marry. This brings to a close an intense…

Election Day for Marriage: What’s at Stake

Election Day for Marriage: What’s at Stake

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 12:53pm

America goes to the polls today, and as we all know, there is a great deal at stake – from ballot measures on an array of civil liberties issues, to congressional seats, to the make-up of state legislatures, and of course, the presidency.

Support for International Women’s Rights Treaty from Ambassador to the U.N.

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 5:57pm

Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, issued a terrific statement today on the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of All Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

CEDAW is the international…

First Hearing Held in the Breast Cancer Gene Patents Challenge

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 1:28pm

Fittingly, on the eve of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, plaintiffs had their first hearing in federal court yesterday in their challenge to the breast cancer gene patents. The government's granting of exclusive rights to the BRCA1 and 2 human genes…

Seizing the Moment to Engage the Obama Administration in Real Change for Women and Girls

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 8:39pm

Tomorrow will mark International Women’s Day, providing an opportunity both to celebrate women and the strides we’ve made towards equality, and to recommit ourselves to the ongoing struggles for women’s rights.

On Thursday…

A Call to Action for Women of All Beliefs

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 12:27pm

Lisa Valentine's arrest on Tuesday is yet another example of the discrimination that Muslim women who wear hijab (headscarves) face on a daily basis. Valentine was told that she could not enter the courthouse in Douglasville, Georgia, unless she removed…

Standing up for the Rights of Domestic Workers on International Migrants Day

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 1:46pm

Remember the Long Island millionaire couple convicted of enslaving two domestic workers they had brought to the U.S. from Indonesia? Although this story got much more media attention than other similar occurrences, it is far from an isolated event.…

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