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Police Body Cameras: The Lessons of Albuquerque

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 11:25am
Police body-worn cameras are a subject about which many people have differing intuitions. Some activists tell us they worry we are mistaken in conditionally supporting the technology; that it will become a tool for increasingly police power, but not oversight. Others point to situations in which the cameras have been crucial in bringing justice—or at least in exposing injustice. In light of such debates, the troubled police department in Albuquerque provides an interesting case study.
DHS Sends Troublingly Mixed Messages on Secure Communities Reform

DHS Sends Troublingly Mixed Messages on Secure Communities Reform

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:01am

UPDATE: ICE Director Sarah R. Saldaña had this to say on Friday afternoon about her comments regarding Secure Communities: “Any effort at federal legislation now to mandate state and local law enforcement’s compliance with ICE detainers will,…

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We Need to Move Beyond the Frame of the “Bad Apple Cop”

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 6:27am

I and others have argued that video has “killed trust in police officers.” Police have been able to get away with a lot of abuse because judges, juries, and the public have usually deemed police officers more credible than abuse victims. But with…

Big Government v. Traumatized Defenseless Children = Justice?

Big Government v. Traumatized Defenseless Children = Justice?

By Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 1:26pm

Imagine a child alone in immigration court – defenseless – representing herself against a government prosecutor, standing before an immigration judge, and trying, in a language she does not speak, to make a case for her life. Unfortunately, this…

Judge to Government: 'National Security' Isn't a 'Magic Word' That Allows Constitutional Rights Violations

Judge to Government: 'National Security' Isn't a 'Magic Word' That Allows Constitutional Rights Violations

By Lindsay Nash, Skadden Fellow, Immigrants' Rights Project at 11:20am

For the past seven months, the Department of Homeland Security has been detaining and refusing to release immigrant mothers and children – even newborns – who have fled extreme violence and persecution in Central America to seek refuge in the United…

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…

The Legacies of Slavery and Jim Crow Live on With Exclusion of Home Health Care Workers from Fair Labor Laws

The Legacies of Slavery and Jim Crow Live on With Exclusion of Home Health Care Workers from Fair Labor Laws

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:04pm

This year, our nation came close to ending a shameful, nearly century-long chapter in history that carried on the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow for domestic workers in the U.S. But on the cusp of finally bringing justice to a neglected class of…

The ‘Family-Friendly’ Myths of Family Detention Facilities

The ‘Family-Friendly’ Myths of Family Detention Facilities

By Lindsay Nash, Skadden Fellow, Immigrants' Rights Project at 12:52pm

Updated 3/3/2015

Inside the family detention facilities in Karnes County and Dilley, Texas, hundreds of women wait, wondering what the English-only documents say, whether anyone will help them present their asylum cases, and how to care for…

Thanks to President Obama, My American Dream Won't Become a Nightmare

Thanks to President Obama, My American Dream Won't Become a Nightmare

By Anita Shalwani at 11:03am

This is my family's American Dream story. I am a divorced, single mother, and an undocumented immigrant. I have resided in the United States for almost 30 years.

We came from Pakistan, a country known for its government abuse, torture, and…

Detention Is No Place for Infants, Children, and Families

Detention Is No Place for Infants, Children, and Families

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project at 1:45pm

Just before she turned a month old, baby Darla* was released from the Berks family detention facility in Leesport, Pennsylvania. Darla and her mother had been in the custody of DHS since she was just 11 days old. And although Darla will now have the…