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“Time for Action, Not Words” on DACA, Say 17 Immigrant Rights Organizations to Government Officials

Posted: Sep 08, 2017 |Category: Immigration

Responding to President Trump’s decimation of the DACA program – the Obama program that provided legal status to young children brought to the country unlawfully by their parents – a diverse array of seventeen organizations that work with, or advocate for the rights of, immigrants in Rhode Island have sent letters to all state legislators and municipal leaders calling on them to help DACA recipients with the tools at their disposal.

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ACLU Asks Court to Reject State’s Claim that Inmates Serving Life Cannot Challenge Rights Violations

Posted: Sep 07, 2017 |Category: Due Process Fair Administration of Justice Free Speech Right to Petition & Protest

The ACLU of Rhode Island has asked the Superior Court to reject a claim made by the R.I. Department of Corrections (DOC) that inmates serving life sentences at the ACI have no legal right to sue for any violation of their civil rights.

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Organizations Petition RI Dept of Ed to Adopt Statewide Policy to Protect Trans Students

Posted: Sep 06, 2017 |Category: Discrimination LGBT Rights Students' Rights Youth Rights

Citing the unique discrimination faced by transgender students and the failure of many RI school districts to have policies in place tackling the issue, ten organizations have formally petitioned the state Council of Elementary and Secondary Education to adopt statewide regulations that address the specific needs of this vulnerable group.

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ACLU of RI Statement on Termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program

Posted: Sep 05, 2017 |Category: Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Immigration Youth Rights

The following is a statement from Steven Brown, ACLU of RI executive director, reacting to the White House announcement rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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ACLU Sues Third RI Municipality Over Unlawful Gun Seizure by Law Enforcement

Posted: Aug 16, 2017 |Category: Active Case Due Process Police Practices

The ACLU of Rhode Island today filed a federal lawsuit against the Town of Bristol over the police department’s refusal to return to its owners a firearm that the agency seized more than a year ago.

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Judge Dismisses Charges Against Narragansett Residents Under Unconstitutional Housing Ordinance

Posted: Aug 16, 2017 |Category: Due Process Free Speech Students' Rights

The ACLU of Rhode Island today announced the dismissal of charges against a group of Narragansett residents, landlords and businesses for violating a Town ordinance that bars more than four unrelated people from living together.  In a 23-page decision issued yesterday, Municipal Court Judge John DeCubellis, Jr. agreed that the ordinance violated plaintiffs’ due process and equal protection rights – as argued earlier this year by ACLU of RI cooperating attorney H. Jefferson Melish in a brief seeking dismissal of the charges.

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ACLU Settles Lawsuit on Behalf of U.S. Citizen Unlawfully Detained at ACI as a Deportable “Alien”

Posted: Aug 08, 2017 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Immigration Police Practices

In a case that led to a groundbreaking court decision limiting the power of immigration officials, the ACLU today announced the settlement of a lawsuit it filed in 2012 on behalf of Providence resident and United States citizen Ada Morales, who was twice unlawfully held at the ACI because Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials erroneously deemed her to be a deportable “alien.”

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