Supreme Court orders reargument in indefinite detention case

Last week, the Supreme Court ordered reargument in Jennings v. Rodriguez.  The case challenges whether detention for indefinite periods of time without review defies the constitution.   This year, there could be up to 500,000 people detained in federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers, jails, and private prisons. While some are detained a few weeks, others may be held for months or even years while they challenge their removal before the immigration courts and on appeal.      The initial challenge to indefinite … Continue reading Supreme Court orders reargument in indefinite detention case

Serious Concerns About Lack of Access to Counsel for Asylum Seekers

U.S. Senator Al Franken has called on Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to ensure access to counsel for asylum seekers held in family detention centers. Joined by 18 Senate colleagues, Sen. Franken raises serious concerns regarding reports that U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) is interfering with the ability of asylum-seeking mothers and children … Continue reading Serious Concerns About Lack of Access to Counsel for Asylum Seekers

Good Question

Will the United States step up and be a moral leader for the refugees fleeing Central America? Sonia Nazario, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and The Advocates' 2015 Human Rights Award recipient, asks this question in her news report on how the United States, according to Nazario, "has outsourced a refugee problem to Mexico that … Continue reading Good Question

Federal Court Enjoins Detention of Central American Mothers and Children

A federal court has enjoined the Department of Homeland Security from detaining Central American mothers and children for the purpose of deterring future immigration. While the order in the case of RILR v. Johnson, released February 20, 2015, was somewhat overshadowed by an order from a different federal judge (whose ruling on February 16 put … Continue reading Federal Court Enjoins Detention of Central American Mothers and Children

UN Special Procedures Urged to Visit Ethiopia to Investigate Crackdown on Oromo Protests

Today, The Advocates for Human Rights, along with Human Rights First, the International Oromo Youth Association, Oromia Support Group Australia, the Oromo Community of Minnesota, the Oromo Studies Association, and World Without Genocide at William Mitchell College of Law, sent a letter to six of the United Nations' special procedure mandate-holders, urging them to request … Continue reading UN Special Procedures Urged to Visit Ethiopia to Investigate Crackdown on Oromo Protests

Ethiopian Government Faces Grilling at UN

Update: This blog post was updated on May 30, 2014, after the Armenian Mission to the UN in Geneva contacted The Advocates with the final, official version of the statement that was delivered on May 6. The changes do not have any particular relevance to the substance of this post. To see the statement that … Continue reading Ethiopian Government Faces Grilling at UN