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Project Sheridan: Providing Due Process for Asylum Seekers

Individuals feeling violence and persecution in their homeland were detained in a federal prison upon arriving in the United States and asking for asylum.  ICAAD and the Innovation Law Lab provided legal counsel and other services and helped secure the release of nearly 80 asylum seekers. They will now be able to […]

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Standing Up for Asylum Seekers and Immigrants

Protecting due-process and ensuring that asylum seekers are treated with dignity is a moral and legal duty America accepted following the ratification of the Refugee Convention of 1951, the Convention Against Torture, and passage of its own domestic immigration laws. ICAAD is no stranger to asylum cases […]

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How can we hold torturers accountable if we are unwilling to uphold our own laws?

India attempts to justify its practice of torture by saying that it has a good faith obligation not to torture, but not a legal obligation. The issue before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is simple. India agreed not to torture an individual, Kulvir Singh Barapind, in […]

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Tortured Sikh Leader Sues Indian Government in U.S. Courts

ICAAD is representing, on appeal, a Sikh political activist in India who is seeking damages in U.S. Courts from the Government of India and Punjab Police for being tortured while in police custody. Kulvir Singh Barapind, with assistance of the non-profit Sikh Alliance, is seeking remedy based […]

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Kirpan Accommodation Victory! Call to Action for Sikhs to Test Policy to Accommodate Kirpan

Kirpan Accommodation Victory! Call to Action for Sikhs to Test Policy to Accommodate Kirpan Houston, TX – November 28, 2014: In a historic settlement with the United States government, Kawaljeet Kaur Tagore was granted: an accommodation to wear her article of faith, Kirpan, in federal facilities, attorneys fees, and training […]

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Supreme Court: Amicus on Prison Grooming Policies

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in Knight v. Thompson upheld grooming policies that deny inmates basic human dignity by subjecting them to cruel and unjust practices that violate their deeply held religious beliefs. ICAAD and the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown Law filed an […]

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2013 Highlights and Global Developments for 2014

As we head into 2014, ICAAD is working on four flagship projects to strengthen the rights of marginalized communities globally. Imagine places where: violence against women impacts 60-80% of all women and girls; law enforcement only documents 3% of all hate crimes; and children’s religious identity is […]

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Preservation of Identity a Major Issue for Minorities at UN Forum

Preservation of Identity a Major Issue for Minorities at UN Forum “Beyond freedom of religion or belief: Guaranteeing the rights of religious minorities” Highlights: Testimony Before the UN Forum on Minority Issues Upcoming Shadow Report on France Partnering with French Pro Bono Counsel Geneva, December 9, 2013 – ICAAD Advisor, […]

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American Exceptionalism & Hate Crimes

      American Exceptionalism & Hate Crimes When looking at the conception of America as an exceptional nation, a paradigm shift has occurred from a core principle of egalitarianism to that of superiority. The US foreign policy (eg drone strikes, border security, NSA global surveillance) prioritises US interests to the […]

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Report Reveals System Failures in U.S. Documentation of Hate Crimes

Report Reveals System Failures in U.S. Documentation of Hate Crimes Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 16, 2013: The International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD) submitted a Shadow Report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on Sept. 13, 2013, for the upcoming review of United States (U.S.) compliance […]

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