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ACLU Files Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Immigrant Couples Torn Apart by ICE

Posted: Apr 11, 2018 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Fair Administration of Justice Immigration

The ACLU has filed a class action lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s pattern of separating married couples and families pursuing lawful immigration status. The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit is Rhode Island resident and mother Lilian Calderon, who was recently released from detention as the result of earlier ACLU court action.

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DHS Timeliness in Processing SNAP Applications Decreased in February, Report Shows

Posted: Apr 09, 2018 |Category: Active Case Civil Rights Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Rights of the Poor

In his latest update on the state’s compliance with a court order designed to ensure the timely provision of food stamp assistance to needy families, Special Master Deming Sherman indicated that the Department of Human Services’ timeliness in processing requests for food stamp benefits went slightly down, not up, in February.

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ACLU of RI Statement on the Inclusion of a Question about Citizenship on the 2020 Census

Posted: Apr 02, 2018 |Category: Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Immigration

A thorough and accurate census is essential to a properly functioning democracy, and it is mandated by the Constitution of the United States.  The federal government's actions will only serve to scare people away from participating, undermining this critical tool.

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ACLU Applauds Filing of Formal Regulations to Protect Rights of Trans Students

Posted: Mar 29, 2018 |Category: Civil Rights Discrimination Gender Discrimination LGBT Rights Students' Rights

The ACLU of RI today applauded the formal filing of regulations this week by the RI Department of Education (RIDE), requiring all public school districts to adopt a comprehensive policy outlining the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming students.

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ACLU Reminds School Districts of Students’ Rights in Advance of March 14th Student Walkout

Posted: Mar 07, 2018 |Category: Free Speech Right to Petition & Protest Students' Rights Youth Rights

In anticipation of the national student walkout happening on March 14, 2018, the ACLU of Rhode Island has sent a letter to all school district superintendents in the State reminding them of students’ rights on the matter.

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ACLU of Rhode Island Raises Red Flags Over “Red Flag” Gun Legislation

Posted: Mar 02, 2018 |Category: Civil Rights Due Process Fair Administration of Justice Police Practices

The ACLU of RI today issued a fourteen-page analysis that expresses “great concern” about pending state legislation that would allow family members and law enforcement officers to petition a judge to issue an “extreme risk protective order” (ERPO) against an individual who legally owns firearms but who is alleged to pose a “significant danger of causing personal injury to self or others.”

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ICE Cites “Lack of Child Care Issues” and “Availability of Bed Space” As Reasons for Detention

Posted: Feb 21, 2018 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Immigration

Responding, in an ACLU lawsuit, to a federal judge’s order demanding answers as to why Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials detained Lilian Calderon, a 30-year-old Rhode Island mother of two young children, for almost a month, an ICE official has cited three reasons.

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