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Detained asylum seekers sue Obama Administration to end long waits for initial interviews

SAN FRANCISCO — ACLU Foundation of Southern California, ACLU of Northern California, and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), along with the international law firm Reed Smith LLP, today filed a class action lawsuit in the Northern District of California on behalf of thousands of immigrants fleeing persecution who have faced months of detention while they await reasonable fear determinations, the first step in seeking protection in the United States when someone is forced to return following a deportation order. Continue reading

How a father gets deported for a traffic violation

If you ask the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), it doesn’t deport parents whose most serious crime is a traffic offense.  Continue reading

BREAKING: Settlement of Reed lawsuit delivers for students at 37 struggling L.A. schools

LOS ANGELES – Attorneys representing middle-school students who experienced huge teacher turnover due to budget-based layoffs have reached a historic agreement in the Reed v. State of California et al. lawsuit. Continue reading

César Chávez: A man familiar to me

I remember when I was five-years-old, my parents drove 500 miles from South Texas to Dallas to take my brothers and me to Six Flags, a well-known amusement park. It was a financial sacrifice for them, but they were not going to let summer go by without a vacation for their kids. Continue reading

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    Jails Project

    works to ensure that a basic standard of care is provided to prisoners, to decrease overreliance on mass incarceration by advocating for alternatives to incarceration, and to promote discharge planning to reduce recidivism.

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    LGBTQ Student Rights Project

    works to stop unlawful bullying and harassment in California schools and to create school communities that promote safety and respect for all students.

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    Immigrant Rights Project

    works to ensure the rights of Southern California immigrant populations through advocacy, litigation, and public education.

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    Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform Project

    works to advance local and state policy reforms designed to reduce over-incarceration and to implement evidence-based criminal justice practices.

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