February 25, 2014
Georgia is the latest state to consider legislation that could sanction discrimination in the name of religious freedom.
There are two versions of the Georgia bill – a state House version, HB 1023, and a state Senate version, SB 377. Both would affirm the “right to act or refuse to act in a manner substantially motivated by a sincerely held religious tenet or belief whether or not the exercise is compulsory or a central part or requirement of the person’s religious tenets or beliefs.” Where those beliefs conflict with local, state or federal law, the government would have to prove that the law is meant to pursue a “a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.”
December 20, 2013
In light of the inaction of the federal government and for-profit prison corporations in the face of documented human rights violations, the ACLU of Georgia sent letters to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Rapporteur on the Rights of People Deprived of Liberty and the Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants, requesting a meeting to discuss immigration detention conditions in Georgia.
December 18, 2013
Today marks International Migrants Day, a day to be commemorated and celebrated by all in support of immigrants and their contributions to our communities. December 18th marks the date in 1990 that the UN adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. The Migrant Workers Convention guarantees migrant workers and their families fundamental rights including equality before the law regardless of a migrant's legal status.
The promise of dignified treatment remains far from being fulfilled for many immigrants in the US, however.
December 05, 2013
Officials announced Monday the North Georgia Detention Center in Gainesville will close before the end of the year. The facility is one of four federal immigration detention centers in the state.
U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement will move detainees to other detention centers in Irwin and Stewart counties. While ICE oversees the centers, they’re operated by a private company, Corrections Corporation of America.
The ACLU of Georgia issued a report in 2012 condemning conditions in the state’s detention centers. Attorney Azadeh Shahshahani says while the group is glad to see the North Georgia Detention Center close, the move doesn’t fully address the ACLU’s concerns.
November 20, 2013
On Friday, November 22 at 10 am, Georgia Detention Watch will hold its sixth annual vigil at Corrections Corporation of America-operated Stewart Detention Center. The vigil coincides with the release of Detention Watch Network’s (DWN) report, “Expose and Close, One Year Later: The Absence of Accountability in Immigration Detention,” The report documents the current state of the immigration detention system, afflicted by deaths and suicides, subpar medical and mental healthcare, inedible food, and arbitrary restrictions on visitation and access to legal resources.
While the congressional debate on immigration reform ensues, the mass detention of immigrants across the U.S. has been largely ignored. Located in rural Southwest Georgia, the Stewart Detention Center detains approximately 2,000 immigrant men. Stewart is one of Georgia’s four immigration detention centers and the largest in the U.S.
October 31, 2013
September 26, 2013
The ACLU of Georgia has released a chart on eligibility of individuals with various immigration status for rights and benefits in Georgia. The chart is available in both English and Spanish and can be accessed here.
September 11, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
303 Peachtree Street , 53th Floor
September 17 is Constitutiton Day. On this illustrious occasion, please join the ACS Georgia Lawyer Chapter for a panel discussion on the current state of the federal and state immigration reform, including an assessment of the prospects for a comprehensive bill in the United States Congress, a review of the various forces that are supporting and opposing that effort, and a discussion on the interplay between state and federal immigration reform efforts in light of the Supreme Court's recent decision in Arizona v. United States.
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
On Saturday August 24th, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) is hosting a Round Table Discussion for Immigration Reform, which has for objective to inform the community the current status of the Immigration Effort in the Washington DC, its pro’s, con’s and resolution possibilities, under the analysis of panelists of different fields of expertise. The panel is going to be formed by:
WHAT: GLAHR Round Table for Immigration Reform
WHEN: Saturday, August 24th
9:30am - 1pm
WHERE: Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR):
4200 Perimeter Park S, Atlanta, GA 30341
· DeLane Adams: Campaign Manager and Communications Director with Georgia AFL-CIO
· Charles Kuck:Immigration attorney and Managing Partner of Kuck Immigration Partners LLC
· Teodoro Maus:from Radio Informa 1030AM and former Mexican Consul in Atlanta
· Jorge Mujica: one of the leaders of Chicago's Immigration and March 10 Movement
· Azadeh Shahshahani:Director of the National Security/Immigrants’ Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia
The event is going to befacilitated by Nayeli Kuser,Georgia Dreamer and DACA recipient, and GIRRC Steering Committee member.
Do not miss the opportunity to get informed about this very important moment in the immigration movement.