October 01, 2013
at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
August 15, 2013
Georgia just lost another young talent to another state.
Needa Virani arrived in the U.S. at age seven. A year later she moved to Georgia . She attended Brookwood High, where she was a distinguished member of the Math Honors Society and regional science fair participant.
After graduating in 2010 with a 3.97 GPA, Needa attended Georgia Tech and earned a bachelor’s of science degree in biomedical engineering. Needa graduated with high honors, maintained a 3.56 GPA and was a research assistant in an engineering lab. She made plans to pursue a doctoral degree at Georgia Tech under the supervision of a professor who offered her a position in her chosen program.
Little did she know she would be prevented from pursuing her dreams. Earlier this year, the Georgia Tech admissions office informed her that, because of Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6 – which bans undocumented students from attending selective schools – she couldn’t enroll, despite the fact Needa had been granted “deferred action” by the federal government.
August 09, 2013
Georgia acaba de perder a otro joven talento.
Needa Veerani llegó a EE.UU. a los siete años. Un año más tarde se trasladó a Georgia y vivió aquí desde entonces.
Ella estudió en Brookwood High School, en donde se distinguió como parte de la Math Honors Society y colaboradora de la feria regional de ciencias.
Después de graduarse en 2010 con un puntaje GPA de 3.97, Needa asistió a Georgia Tech y obtuvo una licenciatura en ingeniería biomédica.
June 28, 2013
For undocumented students, graduating high school can be cause for anxiety, rather than celebration. Without a Social Security number, finding work and gaining college admission are both high hurdles to clear.
For undocumented students in Georgia, options are even more scarce, as a ban passed by the Board of Regents in October 2010 prohibits their admission to the most selective research universities, including University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Medical College of Georgia and Georgia College & State University.
But the sweeping immigration reform bill passed by the U.S. Senate Thursday could change that.
June 19, 2013
A Georgia student's story highlights the need for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million people who have become part of the American fabric, and aspire to become citizens, but currently have no way to attain legal status.
I came to the U.S. from India at the age of 7. Living in the U.S. has provided me with a life that I would have never been able to have back in India. The U.S. has always been and will always be my home. I have received a great high school education, which helped me graduate from Georgia Tech, a college that has the second-best program in my chosen field, biomedical engineering.
In college, I struggled because of my immigration status. Not only was I ineligible for financial aid, but I also had to pay out-of-state tuition, even though I've lived in Georgia for over 12 years. As is common with DREAMers, my life plans have been subject to politicians' whims; luckily, I got into Georgia Tech exactly one year before the Georgia Board of Regents enacted a policy that banned undocumented students from Georgia's top five colleges and universities.
April 07, 2013
It's insane, but friends at Wilcox County High School in Georgia are being divided by race. Parents and students are sponsoring separate proms for white and black students and the school is washing their hands of the whole thing.
A diverse group of friends—who want to attend one of the best nights of their young lives together—are fighting back. They're trying to organize an integrated prom where everyone's welcome, but they could use some support from the school.
March 06, 2013
The ACLU Foundation of Georgia has sent a letter to the Board of Regents asking that they end the application of Policy 4.1.6. (ban on attendance of selective colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia) to young immigrants granted deferred action under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The letter also asks that the Regents issue new guidance recognizing that DACA recipients are “lawfully present” under federal immigration law and thus eligible to seek admission to Georgia’s competitive postsecondary institutions. Portions of the letter were read today by student organizers at the rally against the ban in Athens.
The letter and exhibits can be viewed here:
September 24, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012The ACLU of Georgia's Annual Meeting
State Bar of Georgia Headquarters
104 Marietta Street, NW, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30303
Join us to meet newly elected members of the Board of Directors
and updates on our current civil liberties issues including:
September 11, 2012
With the start of the school year, the ACLU Foundation of Georgia has sent a letter to Georgia’s State School Superintendent, Dr. Barge, asking for protection of privacy rights of Georgia’s high school students who take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (“ASVAB”) test. The ASVAB test is the military's entrance exam, given to recruits to determine their aptitude for military occupations. Even without a student’s or parent’s consent, the ASVAB test may be used to send highly sensitive information about a student to the military for purposes of recruitment. After the administration of the ASVAB test, military representatives may directly communicate with youth to suggest military career paths, based on the individualized profiles ascertained from their test data.
According to records obtained by the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy, Georgia schools have one of the worst records nationally in protecting the privacy of students taking the ASVAB test. In its letter, the ACLU of Georgia asks that a state-wide policy that requires schools to protect such information be adopted in Georgia