Immigrant Rights

“I Was Scared for My Life”: Trapped in Detention with a Mental Disability

“I Was Scared for My Life”: Trapped in Detention with a Mental Disability

2011-10-24 00:00:00

Luis L. is a lawful permanent resident from the Dominican Republic. As a young child, he moved with his family to Florida, where I interviewed him for a report by the ACLU and Human Rights Watch. Luis developed schizophrenia as a teenager, prompting trouble with the law. But fortunately, the judge presiding over Luis's criminal case recognized that Luis' behavior was connected to his disability and sent him to get mental health treatment.

Safe Journey: Opening The West Regional Office

Safe Journey: Opening The West Regional Office

2011-01-24 00:00:00

Driving through a snowstorm toward Detroit, I wondered every time I lost control of my car "What have I gotten myself into now?"

I've volunteered and served on the ACLU of Michigan Lawyers Committee for almost a decade. Even with all this experience, starting work as staff attorney for the newly-opened West Michigan Regional Office has been a revelation.

For weeks, I'd worked alone at the new ACLU of Michigan office in Grand Rapids and I was looking forward to spending a day in the Detroit office for orientation.

Creating Positive Change Through Our State of the State

Creating Positive Change Through Our State of the State

2009-02-03 00:00:00

Tonight Governor Jennifer Granholm will deliver the State of the State address, outlining her agenda and priorities for 2009. You don’t have to be a Rhodes Scholar to guess that her focus will be the economy, and justifiably so – the economy is on all of our minds.

As you listen to her lay out a plan to assist the revival of the car companies, create new jobs, and provide workers training for new skills, don’t forget that progress and social justice have a profound impact on the bottom line as well.

ACLU Files First Post- Sept. 11 Challenge to Closed Immigration Hearings

ACLU Files First Post- Sept. 11 Challenge to Closed Immigration Hearings

In a case that could open the doors to legal proceedings of detainees around the nation, the American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit on behalf of two local newspapers and Rep. John Conyers, D-MI, saying that a categorical block on public access to immigration hearings is unconstitutional and un-American.

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The ACLU and immigrant-rights activists filed a Freedom of Information Act complaint against U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for the agency’s failure...
July 18, 2013 Immigrant Rights
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauded the University of Michigan Board Of Regents today for extending in-state tuition...
DETROIT – A coalition of civil rights organizations welcomed the Michigan Secretary of State’s decision today to drop an unlawful policy that prevented young...
DETROIT – Three young immigrants and One Michigan, a youth-led organization that advocates on behalf of immigrants, filed a lawsuit today challenging the state...
In a case that could open the doors to legal proceedings of detainees around the nation, the American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit on behalf of...
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September 05, 2017 DACA, Dreamers, Immigrant Rights
The Trump administration today announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. The DACA program has served as a...
A federal court has again blocked the deportation of Iraqi nationals in the U.S. who could face persecution, torture, and death if returned to Iraq. Read the...
In an effort to remind the public about its First Amendment rights and to reassure immigrants that constitutional protections extend to them as well, the...
DETROIT – The Arab-American Civil Rights League and the ACLU of Michigan have announced that they will continue their lawsuit challenging the Muslim ban after...
Kary Moss, executive director of the ACLU of Michigan, has issued a statement urging Gov. Rick Snyder to reconsider his recent decision to back away from a...
July 19, 2013 Immigrant Rights
Yesterday, we Dreamers won a huge victory for equality in Michigan. The Regents of the University of Michigan voted to grant in-state tuition to all Michigan...
July 18, 2013 Immigrant Rights
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauded the University of Michigan Board Of Regents today for extending in-state tuition...
DETROIT – A coalition of civil rights organizations welcomed the Michigan Secretary of State’s decision today to drop an unlawful policy that prevented young...
October 05, 2012 Immigrant Rights
DETROIT – In a ruling from the bench, a federal judge issued an injunction today against Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s controversial “citizenship checkbox...
September 17, 2012 Immigrant Rights
DETROIT – In a lawsuit filed today in federal court, a voting rights coalition is challenging Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s controversial “citizenship...
September 04, 2012 Immigrant Rights
DETROIT – In a letter today, the non-partisan Michigan Election Coalition urged the Secretary of State to immediately halt the use of the “citizenship checkbox...
March 21, 2012 Immigrant Rights
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Michigan State Police (MSP) to investigate a racial...
February 03, 2009 Immigrant Rights
Tonight Governor Jennifer Granholm will deliver the State of the State address, outlining her agenda and priorities for 2009. You don’t have to be a Rhodes...
In a case that could open the doors to legal proceedings of detainees around the nation, the American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit on behalf of...
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