Culture of Impunity & Dehumanizing Cruelty at CBP Starts at the Top

Every day brings more examples of the culture of impunity and dehumanizing cruelty that defines CBP (Customs and Border Protection) and our entire immigration enforcement system. Trump, who has called the reports about horrific conditions for migrants, asylum-seekers and children in government care a “hoax”, has encouraged and defended these practices. Little wonder that the … More Culture of Impunity & Dehumanizing Cruelty at CBP Starts at the Top

My Letter to Trump to Abide Court Order – Unblock Me on Twitter

Dear POTUS You Have Violated My First Amendment Rights Unblock me Now! I sent this e-mail and published this letter via Twitter and Facebook today- addressed to Donald trump and putting him on notice that the Court has upheld my First Amendment Rights, that he is not above the law and that he had better … More My Letter to Trump to Abide Court Order – Unblock Me on Twitter

Over 30 Organizations File Amicus Brief in Support of Worker Who Was Fired for Being Transgender

More than 30 Transgender and Ally Organizations File Amicus Brief in Support of Worker Who Was Fired for Being Transgender Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) today filed a “friend of the court” brief with 33 other signatories in support of Aimee Stephens in her case before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2013, a Michigan funeral … More Over 30 Organizations File Amicus Brief in Support of Worker Who Was Fired for Being Transgender

Supreme Court Declines to Set Standard to Rein in Partisan Gerrymandering 

Legislative Solutions Exist to Ensure Fair Maps  Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled  in Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina that no fair test exists for courts to determine when partisan gerrymandering has gone too far. In its 5-4 decision on Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government does not have the authority to block the … More Supreme Court Declines to Set Standard to Rein in Partisan Gerrymandering 

Supreme Court Upholds Exclusion of Citizenship Question in 2020 Census

Today, in a defeat for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court has ruled in Department of Commerce v. New York — a complicated decision — that a citizenship question cannot be added to the 2020 Census, in part because of the government’s explanation for why it included the question in the first place. NPR: The majority opinion, written … More Supreme Court Upholds Exclusion of Citizenship Question in 2020 Census

Trump Cruelty sets in as ICE prepares to Raid Families

The Washington Post is reporting that Donald Trump has directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to conduct a mass roundup of migrant families that have received deportation orders, an operation that is likely to begin with predawn raids in major U.S. cities on Sunday, according to three U.S. officials with knowledge of the plans. … More Trump Cruelty sets in as ICE prepares to Raid Families

Celebrating SCOTUS Decision Limiting Political Interest in Redistricting

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill affirming the lower courts designation that the Virginia legislature lacks standing to appeal in its own right: SCOTUS dismissed the challenge to a lower court’s findings that some of Virginia’s legislative districts were racially gerrymandered, saying that House Republicans did not have legal standing to challenge the decision. … More Celebrating SCOTUS Decision Limiting Political Interest in Redistricting

Asylum Seeker Credibility – Landmark Ruling on Expert Medical Evidence

Credibility is often an issue in asylum cases. It can be a tough indictment on nervous victims of persecution and torture, terrified at having to function in a milieu of transparency, after having hidden themselves for so long!  How do you come out openly in your attempt to seek asylum in a safe country, after … More Asylum Seeker Credibility – Landmark Ruling on Expert Medical Evidence

Liberian Immigrants Sue Trump over Humanitarian Protection

BOSTON, MA –The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Lawyers for Civil Rights jointly filed a lawsuit today challenging President Donald Trump’s termination of humanitarian protection and relief for immigrants from Liberia. The lawsuit, the first of its kind in the country, was filed on behalf of African Communities Together (ACT), the UndocuBlack Network, … More Liberian Immigrants Sue Trump over Humanitarian Protection

LGBTQ Asians Defend California’s Sanctuary Laws

Amicus brief urges US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to Block Trump Administration’s Challenge to CA Laws Protecting Undocumented Immigrants Today, March 13, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit hears oral arguments in U.S. v. California, the Trump Administration’s lawsuit against California’s sanctuary laws that regulate state employers and law enforcement to protect … More LGBTQ Asians Defend California’s Sanctuary Laws

Listing 300 Anti-LGBTQ Lawyers Working with Alliance Defending Freedom

NEW REPORT: Here is a List of 300 Anti-LGBTQ Lawyers Working with Alliance Defending Freedom | Report Provides Names of ADF Allied Attorneys Serving in the Federal Government  and the Country’s Top Law Firms (New York, New York) – A new report released by Media Matters provides 300 names of Alliance Defending Freedom’s 3,300 allied attorneys … More Listing 300 Anti-LGBTQ Lawyers Working with Alliance Defending Freedom

AHRC Implores Media and LGBTQI Community to use Smollett Hoax Positively

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested, is appearing in a Chicago Court and faces a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report claiming two men attacked him last month. Statement by Melanie Nathan, Executive Director of African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC/ African HRC), first appearing HERE: I am stunned to … More AHRC Implores Media and LGBTQI Community to use Smollett Hoax Positively

ACLU Letter to the UN on Death of Migrant Child at the hands of Trump Administration

ACLU LETTER TO THE UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF MIGRANTS CONCERNING THE DEATH OF MIGRANT CHILD FELIPE GÓMEZ ALONZO This letter calls on the U.N. human rights expert to examine U.S. failure to conduct an independent investigation into Felipe’s death in CBP custody. The letter also calls attention to U.S. government failure to … More ACLU Letter to the UN on Death of Migrant Child at the hands of Trump Administration

Groups File Lawsuit Against Trump Policy Forcibly Returning Asylum Seekers to Mexico

San Francisco, CA (February 14, 2019) –- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s new policy forcing asylum seekers to return to Mexico and remain there while their cases are considered. “The Trump administration is forcibly returning asylum … More Groups File Lawsuit Against Trump Policy Forcibly Returning Asylum Seekers to Mexico

Analysis: SCOTUS Allowing Preliminary Injunctions on Transgender Military Ban to Go into Effect

Memo on Today’s Supreme Court Decision to Stay Preliminary Injunctions, Allowing Transgender Military Ban to Go into Effect SAN FRANCISCO, CA– The Palm Center today has released the following memo providing a concise summary of facts on transgender military service and implications of today’s Supreme Court decision suspending a string of preliminary injunctions that had … More Analysis: SCOTUS Allowing Preliminary Injunctions on Transgender Military Ban to Go into Effect

Navigating Spousal and Child Support Court Orders by Federal Workers in Trump Shutdown

When insidious politics and reality collide – there is no escaping the serious impact – and the things we could never have imagined having to prepare for! What happens to child support orders in a Government shutdown? An especially pertinent question because there is no precedent for a Federal shutdown that has gone on this … More Navigating Spousal and Child Support Court Orders by Federal Workers in Trump Shutdown

Marin District Attorney’s Office Awarded DUI Prosecution Grant

San Rafael, CA – Those suspected of and arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Marin County can expect to face highly trained, specialized prosecutors, thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety(OTS). Funding from the grant will aid the District Attorney’s Office in handling cases throughout each step of the … More Marin District Attorney’s Office Awarded DUI Prosecution Grant

Marin County Successful in Environmental Protection Case

Property Demolitions and Renovations Were Performed Throughout California Without Fully Complying with Asbestos-related Laws San Rafael, CA — Marin County District Attorney Edward S. Berberian, along with nine other California District Attorneys, announced today that Monterey County Superior Court Judge Marla O. Anderson has ordered the Chicago-based Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc., and their related companies … More Marin County Successful in Environmental Protection Case

Chief Justice Roberts Votes with Liberal Justices on SCOTUS Asylum Case

Conservative appointee, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. joined the U.S. Supreme Court’s liberal wing Friday in refusing to block a California judge’s ruling against enforcement of new policies that restrict asylum-seekers along the southern border. The high court, 5-4, refused to stay a nationwide injunction. Several former government lawyers—including Carter Phillips and Peter Keisler of Sidley Austin, … More Chief Justice Roberts Votes with Liberal Justices on SCOTUS Asylum Case

Court Rules Trump Policies Denying Asylum Protections to People Fleeing Domestic and Gang Violence Are Illegal

Washington, D.C. (December 19, 2018) – A federal court has struck down Trump administration policies that sought to gut asylum protections for immigrants fleeing domestic violence and gang brutality. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) challenged the administration’s new “expedited removal” policies when they were put forth by then-Attorney General … More Court Rules Trump Policies Denying Asylum Protections to People Fleeing Domestic and Gang Violence Are Illegal

Botswana Africa’s Next Hope for Decriminalization of Homosexuality

The Botswana High Court has announced that it will finally hear a case on the decriminalization of homosexuality next year:  According to our friends at Mamba Online, the full bench of the court ordered that a hearing challenging the constitutionality of sections 164(a), 164(c) and 167 of the Penal Code, which criminalizes same-sex sexual activities … More Botswana Africa’s Next Hope for Decriminalization of Homosexuality

Enforcing Civil Rights Law After Masterpiece Cakeshop and Trinity Lutheran.

Columbia Law Scholars Issue Memorandum on Civil Rights and Anti-discrimination Laws Religion, Discrimination, and Government Funding:  Enforcing Civil Rights Law After Masterpiece Cakeshop and Trinity Lutheran. November 28, 2018: The Public Rights/Private Conscience Project (PRPCP) at Columbia Law School has published a memorandum that clarifies the responsibility of state and local human rights agencies and … More Enforcing Civil Rights Law After Masterpiece Cakeshop and Trinity Lutheran.

Trump Admin Repeats False Claims in Request to Supreme Court to Implement Transgender Military Ban

SAN FRANCISCO, CA– In today’s petitions asking the Supreme Court to allow President Trump’s ban on transgender service members to take effect, the Trump administration has repeated false claims about inclusive policy. Despite extensive data confirming that inclusive policy for transgender personnel has been a success, the administration asserts, without evidence, that the policy poses … More Trump Admin Repeats False Claims in Request to Supreme Court to Implement Transgender Military Ban

Marin Fair Housing Discrimination Case Settled

Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California and Client Settle National Origin Discrimination Complaint San Rafael, CA – Late last month, Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California (FHANC) and one of its clients settled a complaint alleging discrimination based upon national origin that had been filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing against Continuum … More Marin Fair Housing Discrimination Case Settled

As ICC celebrates 20 years since Treaty, Trump Inhumanity is Food for Thought

It has been 20 years since The Rome Statute: On 27th September, thirty-five countries renewed their support for the International Criminal Court at the United Nations  General Assembly.  Notably the United States of America has never ratified the treaty. The Court participates in the global fight to end impunity, and through international criminal justice, the Court … More As ICC celebrates 20 years since Treaty, Trump Inhumanity is Food for Thought

Women Flood the US Capitol with Mass Sit-Ins, Chanting Ahead of Kavanaugh Vote

Hundreds arrested for taking over the US Capitol steps as women and survivors promise: this is only the beginning Washington, D.C. — Today, after weeks of survivors turning their pain into action and building grassroots power across the country, thousands of women flooded the US Capitol to protest just moments before the final vote on … More Women Flood the US Capitol with Mass Sit-Ins, Chanting Ahead of Kavanaugh Vote

Marin DA Candidate Promises Reform for Outrageous Sexual Assault Hotline

By Melanie Nathan. “When survivors come forward the very least we can do is pick up the phone!” Anna Pletcher. San Anselmo -As my friends and followers  in Marin may know I support Anna Pletcher for Marin County District Attorney. That role could not be more important than now, when the issue of sexual assault … More Marin DA Candidate Promises Reform for Outrageous Sexual Assault Hotline