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First Circuit Court Should Defend Victims Of Human Trafficking

First Circuit Court Should Defend Victims Of Human Trafficking

By Carol Rose, Executive Director, ACLU of Massachusetts at 4:30pm

Today's utterance by Chief Judge Sandra Lynch, of the First Circuit Court of Appeals, gives me hope that the court will do justice for the victims of human trafficking who will be impacted by how the First Circuit rules in a case argued before it this morning.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – Fulfilling Our Promise to Say “No” to Violence

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – Fulfilling Our Promise to Say “No” to Violence

By Ramya Sekaran, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 5:23pm

Last Sunday, November 25, the international community observed the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Women's rights activists have marked this as a day against violence since 1981, in memory of the Mirabal sisters, political…

Guantánamo Dispatch: Arguing for the First Amendment

Guantánamo Dispatch: Arguing for the First Amendment

By Zach Levine, ACLU National Security Project at 5:18pm

With the world watching, a pre-trial hearing got underway this week in the Guantánamo military commission prosecution of the five alleged 9/11 co-conspirators. Prime among the issues before the military judge was how transparent the commissions…

At Guantánamo Today: ACLU Asks Judge Not to Censor Torture Testimony

At Guantánamo Today: ACLU Asks Judge Not to Censor Torture Testimony

By Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project at 9:53am

I’m in Guantánamo today, expecting to argue the ACLU’s constitutional challenge to the censorship of torture in the military commissions this afternoon or tomorrow. 

The Guantánamo military commissions were created…

One Step Closer: New York Times Praises Executive Order on Human Trafficking

One Step Closer: New York Times Praises Executive Order on Human Trafficking

By Amshula Jayaram, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:54pm

The New York Times issued an editorial Tuesday praising President Obama’s Executive Order to end human trafficking in government contracts.  The Times viewed the order as an important step towards eliminating this shameful practice. …

Seeking the Truth About the CIA's Detainee Abuses

Seeking the Truth About the CIA's Detainee Abuses

By Mitra Ebadolahi, Border Litigation Staff Attorney, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties at 10:55am

In April 2011, the ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking a narrow yet critically important set of government documents: internal CIA reports detailing the use of unauthorized interrogation techniques at its secret overseas prisons,…

California Gives Hope to Child Offenders Sentenced to Die in Prison

California Gives Hope to Child Offenders Sentenced to Die in Prison

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 6:43pm

Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s Senate Bill 9, the Fair Sentencing for Youth Act, giving California youth sentenced to die in prison a second chance at life. There are 309 child offenders serving life-without-parole sentences…

FTC Proposes Changes to Privacy Law That Collide With Free Speech

FTC Proposes Changes to Privacy Law That Collide With Free Speech

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:59am

Back in the waning years of the Clinton administration, Congress quietly enacted an important internet privacy bill (the passage of which was overshadowed by other, more salacious developments). The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”)…

Gingrich Argues States Should Abandon Life Imprisonment without Parole for Juveniles

Gingrich Argues States Should Abandon Life Imprisonment without Parole for Juveniles

By Brandon Buskey, ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project at 10:16am

Prominent conservative leaders Newt Gingrich and Pat Nolan penned a forceful editorial last week in the San Diego Union-Tribune advocating that states such as California abandon the draconian practice of sentencing children to life imprisonment without…

President Issues Executive Order to Stop Human Trafficking in Government Contracts

President Issues Executive Order to Stop Human Trafficking in Government Contracts

By Devon Chaffee, Legislative Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:56pm

Today, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that will give better protections to vulnerable workers employed by government contractors. The order, announced on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, lays out new requirements…