Blog of Rights

Deportation to Haiti Is Still a Death Sentence

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 1:15pm
Earlier this week, our government deported yet another 26 individuals to Haiti — even though for many, deportation to Haiti remains a likely death sentence. Wildrick T. Guerrier, a man on the first deportation flight in January, died of cholera just nine days after his arrival in Haiti. Mr. Guerrier, a 34-year-old lawful permanent U.S. resident, had lived in the United States for 17 years and left behind his fiancée and her young son, whom he was raising as his own.

Wal-Mart Supreme Court Case Highlights Difficulty of Challenging Pay Disparities

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 5:07pm

Today, business and advocacy groups filed briefs in the Supreme Court in a lawsuit brought by women employees of retail giant Wal-Mart.

In 2001, a group of women brought a lawsuit against the retailer charging that the company engaged in systemic…

Lame-Duck Attorney General Wants New Declaration of War — and Takes Aim at the Constitution

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:39pm

Maybe we should get Attorney General Michael Mukasey a couple of countdown calendars. If he had checked the calendar yesterday before heading out to give a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, he would have realized that there were only 182…

Privacy Rights are Human Rights

Privacy Rights are Human Rights

By Steven M. Watt, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program at 10:45am

Today and tomorrow the United Nations Human Rights Committee will review the United States’ compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. To assist in the review of U.S. compliance with the covenant’s privacy protections,…

Texas Shouldn't – BUT JUST DID – Execute a Mexican National

Texas Shouldn't – BUT JUST DID – Execute a Mexican National

By Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program at 3:52pm

Yesterday, at 9:32 p.m., the state of Texas executed Edgar Arias Tamayo, a 46-year-old Mexican national. Injecting lethal drugs into Mr. Tamayo's bloodstream was a clear violation of the United States' international obligations, and yet the state of…

VIDEO: Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Undergoes Force-Feeding Endured by Guantánamo Hunger Strikers

VIDEO: Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Undergoes Force-Feeding Endured by Guantánamo Hunger Strikers

By Noa Yachot, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 1:40pm

In a video posted today by The Guardian, rapper Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def...

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.

"Victims of Complacency": Trafficking and Abuse of Migrant Workers on U.S. Military Bases

"Victims of Complacency": Trafficking and Abuse of Migrant Workers on U.S. Military Bases

By Steven M. Watt, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program & Valerie Brender, Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project at 1:29pm

Ramesh, a college graduate from India, borrowed $5,000 from a loan shark to pay a recruiting agent for the opportunity to work in Kuwait as a storekeeper at a wage of $800/month. His aims were simple: to provide a better life for himself and his family.

Book Review: "Hard Measures"

Book Review: "Hard Measures"

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 11:03am

In an email sent to potential supporters a few days before releasing his book on CIA torture, Jose Rodriguez, the former head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center and its former Deputy Director of Operations, complained that his book, Hard Measures,…

Growing Chorus Demands Criminal Investigation into Torture Program

Growing Chorus Demands Criminal Investigation into Torture Program

By Noa Yachot, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 1:17pm

Calls for a criminal investigation into the Bush-era torture program described in the Senate report released earlier this month are beginning to mount.

The ACLU and Human Rights Watch (HRW) sent a letter today to the Justice Department, calling…