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Exposing Immigrants to Death Dust? No Thanks

May 6, 2015

Co-authored by Anoop Prasad (Immigrant Rights) and Julia Harumi Mass (ACLU NorCal) *This article originally appeared on the ACLU Blog on April 8, 2015.  ICE should think twice before exposing immigrants to valley fever Immigration detention centers are notorious for extreme isolation and inhumane conditions, especially detention centers run by private corporations. So we were more […]

FBI Ordered to Disclose its Surveillance Tactics on Communities

March 24, 2015

Co-authored by Nasrina Bargzie (National Security & Civil Rights) and Julia Harumi Mass (ACLU) Today, a federal district court in San Francisco issued an important ruling for government transparency and accountability. Judge Richard Seeborg disallowed the FBI’s attempt to use a “law enforcement exemption” in the Freedom of Information Act to shield from public disclosure […]

ICE, What Part of Unconstitutional Do You Not Understand?

March 20, 2015

Co-authored by Angela Chan (Criminal Justice Reform) and Jon Rodney (CIPC) *This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post on March 20, 2015. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has a new director, Sarah Saldaña, but she made it apparent on Thursday that the agency is stuck making the same old mistakes. As she testified before […]

America Never Abolished Slavery

March 2, 2015

Co-authored by Angela Chan (Criminal Justice Reform), Anoop Prasad (Immigrant Rights), and Winnie Kao (Workers’ Rights) *This article originially appeared on the Huffington Post on March 2, 2015. This past Black History Month, millions of students were told the story of how America abolished slavery 150 years ago with ratification of the 13th Amendment. The story […]

Moving Forward From Torture: Lessons Learned from “Human Dignity” Event

February 26, 2015

By Reem Suleiman, Community Advocate National Security & Civil Rights  The government of Poland has recently announced it will comply with an order from the European Court of Human Rights to answer for its complicity in the CIA’s illegal rendition, torture, and detention programs by paying compensation to the victims. Yet, the U.S. has failed […]

Heading to the Supreme Court This Valentine’s Day

February 17, 2015

By Chris Punongbayan, Executive Director *This article originially appeared on the Huffington Post on February 14, 2015.  Valentine’s Day takes on a special meaning at the Supreme Court this year. The first case on the docket delves straight into the matter of love and rights. Specifically, the Court is asked whether a U.S. citizen can be […]

Safe San Francisco Civil Rights Ordinance: Third Year Report

February 11, 2015

By Nasrina Bargzie, Senior Staff Attorney National Security & Civil Rights  It has been three years since Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian community members joined forces with 79 civil rights and community organizations to pass the Safe San Francisco Civil Rights Ordinance in June 2012. The Ordinance requires San Francisco police officers who […]

Records Show Customs Officers Send Traveler Reading Habits to FBI

January 13, 2015

By Yaman Salahi, Staff Attorney National Security & Civil Rights The routine is familiar. Your international flight lands in the United States.You are finally home. You grab your luggage and proceed through customs. “Where did you travel? Was it business or pleasure? Welcome home.” For the vast majority of travelers, that’s it. But over 5 […]

Suspicious Activity Reports Go to Court

January 9, 2015

By Nasrina Bargzie, Senior Staff Attorney National Security & Civil Rights  Yesterday a federal judge in the Northern District of California held a hearing to determine whether our lawsuit challenging the U.S. government’s domestic surveillance program called Suspicious Activity Reporting could proceed. The American Civil Liberties Union and Asian Law Caucus are representing five men […]

Free Speech is a Hallmark of “Civil” Society: UC Davis New Expression Policy Looks Promising

December 2, 2014

By Yaman Salahi, Staff Attorney National Security & Civil Rights  When politicians or powerful interests slander critics of government policies with crude epithets like “anti-American” or “pro-terrorist,” it can be much harder for folks to summon the courage to speak up. For years, the Asian Law Caucus has received complaints from students and academics describing […]

Criminalizing the Next Generation: A Report Back from #FergusonOctober on How Young People are Leading the Way

October 23, 2014

By Tejal Mankad, Communications Associate  Yesterday, October 22nd, marked the 19th Anniversary of the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and Criminalization. Throughout the country, actions took place to demonstrate resistance to police violence. Earlier this month, I traveled to Ferguson, MO as part of a National Weekend of Resistance that brought […]

A Father’s Perspective on the Humanitarian Border Crisis

September 23, 2014

By Chris Punongbayan, Executive Director  *This article originially appeared on the Huffington Post on September 18, 2014.  I’m a dad and I was shocked this week to read a news story about the five children who had been deported back to Honduras who were later targeted and killed by local gangs, specifically because they were children. What […]

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