Domestic Violence

ACLU Seeks Accountability for Police Violation of the Rights of Domestic Violence Victims

ACLU Seeks Accountability for Police Violation of the Rights of Domestic Violence Victims

By Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 1:53pm
In 2008, 66 year old Baerbel Roznowski sought a protection order to keep herself safe from her estranged boyfriend, Chan Kim, who had a history of violence. A court issued the order, which said that Kim must stay away from Roznowski and her home and stop contacting her. The order included instructions for law enforcement explaining that Kim did not speak English well and would need an interpreter to fully understand what was happening, and that Kim would likely react violently against Roznowski when he received news that they would be separated. Unfortunately, the police officer who brought the order to Kim didn't bother to read these instructions. He gave the order to him at Roznowski's home, did not bring an interpreter, and left them together without ensuring that they were safely separated. Just hours later, Baerbel Roznowski was dead. Her boyfriend had stabbed her 18 times, murdering her in her own home.
Bring Women's Human Rights Home

Bring Women's Human Rights Home

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 10:13am

On this International Women's Day, March 8, we call on the United States government to apply the same human rights principles it preaches for women elsewhere around the world, to women here at home. We are currently in the middle of the two-week United…

Jessica Lenahan

A Mother Who Won't Be Denied Truth and Justice

By Sarah Spears, Program Fellow, ACLU of Colorado & John Krieger, Communications and Outreach Director, ACLU of Colorado at 2:21pm

In the wake of horrible tragedy, solace is often found in knowing that the truth will be sought, and justice will be delivered.

For the last 15 years, Jessica Lenahan, who lost her three daughters in a domestic violence incident, has been denied…

ACLU Releases New Report on Widespread Police Brutality in Puerto Rico

ACLU Releases New Report on Widespread Police Brutality in Puerto Rico

By Ateqah Khaki at 10:18am

The ACLU today released a report that finds the Puerto Rico Police Department -- the second-largest police department in the U.S. -- is plagued by a culture of unrestrained abuse and brutality. The use of excessive or lethal force is routine among…

D.C. Says No to S-Comm: City's Mayor and Council Take Bold Steps to Protect Immigrant Community

D.C. Says No to S-Comm: City's Mayor and Council Take Bold Steps to Protect Immigrant Community

By Johnny Barnes, ACLU of the Nation's Capitol at 3:39pm

Mayor Vincent Gray and the D.C. city council rejected Secure Communities, saying they would not allow the DHS to federalize the D.C. police department.

Obama Administration Fails to Halt Runaway "Secure Communities" Train, Ignoring Complaints of Governors, Congress, and Law Enforcement Leaders

By Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 6:05pm

Last Friday the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced their proposed changes to the much-criticized Secure Communities (S-Comm) program, the centerpiece of the Obama administration's immigration…

Justice for Jessica: Holding the U.S. Accountable for Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors

Justice for Jessica: Holding the U.S. Accountable for Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 8:11am

It has been 15 years since the tragic deaths of Jessica Lenahan's three daughters.

On June 22, 1999, Jessica's estranged husband, Simon Gonzales, kidnapped Rebecca, Katheryn, and Leslie from their front yard, in violation of a domestic violence…

Think Globally, Act Locally, and Rise to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Think Globally, Act Locally, and Rise to End Violence Against Women and Girls

By Ramya S., ACLU Women's Rights Project at 10:57am

Yesterday, the ACLU joined one billion people from around the world in taking a stand against violence through our participation in V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

In the United States, gender-based…

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 S., 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…

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