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  • Victor’s* mother brought him to the United States when he was five years old and raised him in the Chicago suburbs. Now 21, Victor has few memories of his time in Guatemala. In middle school, he came out as gay, and in high school his peers bullied him and called him gay slurs, causing him to…
  • Diego, dressed in his detention uniform of crocs and sweatpants, sits across from me as we go through questions about his journey to the United States and his life back home in Honduras. As we talk he is nervous, and he confesses that he never learned how to read or write because he never went to…
  • November 27, 2012
    You may have heard buzz today about Giving Tuesday. No, it’s not another ploy to get you to spend more money around the holidays. Today you have the opportunity to join thousands of people around the country to spend meaningfully, to think about giving rather than gifting. This is probably a…
  • November 21, 2012
    Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, neighbors and loved ones to come together and enjoy each other’s company with laughter, great food, music, and love. I take a very long moment on holidays like these to pray for detainees who are incarcerated, locked up, and can't enjoy the simplest joy…
  • November 15, 2012
    Since large voter turnout among Latinos and other immigrant communities were credited last week for electing President Obama to a second term, politicians on both sides of the aisle have become more outspoken in favor of fixing the United States’ inept immigration system. Today the National…
  • November 8, 2012
    This is a follow-up to an August 24 post written by NIJC staff Sarah Rose Weinman and Kim Ybarra, and Gabriel Reyes, assistant federal defender in Alpine, Texas. At approximately 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, my colleague Sarah Rose Weinman sent me the email I had awaited for months. In one…
  • November 6, 2012
    crImmigration.com held another online symposium leading up to last week’s Supreme Court argument in Chaidez v. United States, in which a National Immigrant Justice Center client argued that she had a right to effective assistance of counsel even though her case—in which her criminal…
  • October 24, 2012
    When I met Ahmed he had already spent six years in prison. My colleagues in NIJC’s LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative and I knew that applying for protection under the Convention Against Torture was his only shot at avoiding deportation to Afghanistan, where he would likely be tortured or killed for…
  • October 17, 2012
    When my colleagues and I visit immigration detention centers to do Know Your Rights presentations and conduct legal intake, we are not able to bring computers with us. As result, the tangible outcome of any Know Your Rights visit is a stack of handwritten intake worksheets prepared by us and our…
  • In August, the National Immigrant Justice Center and Physicians for Human Rights released Invisible in Isolation, the first study on the use of solitary confinement and segregation of immigrants detained in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This week, I wanted to share an…