Where punk and the law meet: helping asylum seekers and immigrants

John Barham wears no shoes in his office; he practices law in his socks. On a recent Wednesday evening, his socks were dark gray wool, soft-looking. Beneath his desk one foot occasionally rubbed the other, two cats playing. He said the areas of law he specializes in — criminal defense and immigration — are designed, … Continue reading Where punk and the law meet: helping asylum seekers and immigrants

Ban on mandatory life-without-parole applies to all who were sentenced when juveniles, Supreme Court rules

The Supreme Court issued a decision today in a 6-3 opinion that states must retroactively apply the ban on mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles. The ruling comes from the case of 69-year-old Henry Montgomery, imprisoned since he was 17 for a crime he committed in 1963. When Montgomery was sentenced at age 17, life without … Continue reading Ban on mandatory life-without-parole applies to all who were sentenced when juveniles, Supreme Court rules

Women Suffer in Myanmar’s 60-Year Civil War

This week marks one year of mourning by the Kachin minority in Myanmar for two Kachin volunteer teachers with the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC). On January 19, 2015, the bodies of Maran Lu Ra (20) and Tangbau Nan Tsin (21) were found dead at their house in the church compound located in Kongkha Village in … Continue reading Women Suffer in Myanmar’s 60-Year Civil War

Tell President Obama: #StopTheRaids

Over New Year's weekend, the Department of Homeland Security began to conduct raids across the country to apprehend and deport Central American mothers and children who came to this country seeking protection from horrific violence. These tactics are not in line with America's values and risk sending children and their mothers back to extremely dangerous … Continue reading Tell President Obama: #StopTheRaids

Meet Sarah Brenes: She’s a Zealous Advocate

Her clients’ courage and perseverance serve as a touchstone for Sarah Brenes (right) in her work to secure safety for people escaping violence and persecution. Brenes was recently appointed director of The Advocates for Human Rights’ Refugee and Immigrant Program, filling the big shoes left by Deepinder Mayell when he left The Advocates to accept … Continue reading Meet Sarah Brenes: She’s a Zealous Advocate

#StopTheRaids

CALL the White House comment line at 866-473-5915 to tell President Obama to STOP THE RAIDS against Central American refugees! Tell them that instead of deporting families seeking safety, the administration should see that they are provided adequate representation to seek asylum. The administration should also address the causes of the violence forcing so many … Continue reading #StopTheRaids