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Judge Demands Explanation on Why ICE Detained Rhode Island Mother of Two

Posted: Feb 16, 2018 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Immigration

Following the release Tuesday of Rhode Island resident Lilian Calderon from an immigration detention facility after being detained by ICE for almost a month, a federal judge in Massachusetts is demanding answers from the federal agency in response to the ACLU lawsuit filed last week that challenged her detention and helped lead to her release.

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RI Mother of Two Released from ICE Detention Following ACLU Lawsuit

Posted: Feb 13, 2018 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Immigration

The ACLU today announced the release of Lilian Calderon, a Rhode Island mother who was detained last month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Calderon has lived in the United States since she was brought across the border at the age of three, and her sudden detention separated her from her husband and two young children.

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Court, While Questioning Providence Ordinance’s Effectiveness, Rules Against Rights of Students

Posted: Feb 12, 2018 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Poor Due Process Students' Rights

While expressing “strong reservations” about its effectiveness, a Superior Court judge today upheld the constitutionality of a Providence ordinance that prohibits more than three “college students” from living together in certain areas of the city.

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ACLU Sues to Release Mother of Two From ICE Detention

Posted: Feb 06, 2018 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Immigration

The ACLU has filed a petition in federal court to seek the immediate release of Rhode Island resident Lilian Calderon from an immigration detention facility.

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ACLU Statement on Grand Jury Finding in Fatal Police Shooting of Joseph Santos

Posted: Feb 02, 2018 |Category: Criminal Justice Open Government Police Practices

While the grand jury’s decision is not surprising, it would be wrong to consider this the end of the matter. Even if the fatal shooting of Mr. Santos was legally justified, many questions and concerns remain.

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ACLU Says New East Greenwich Social Media Policy Violates Town Employees’ First Amendment Rights

Posted: Jan 30, 2018 |Category: Free Speech Workplace Rights

The ACLU of Rhode Island has called upon the East Greenwich Town Council to revisit an “Employee Social Media Policy” it adopted last week. In a letter to the Council, the ACLU raises concerns about the policy’s “breadth and its impact on Town employees’ First Amendment rights.”

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New Report Examines The Fallout From Overzealous ‘Tough-On-Crime’ Lawmaking

Posted: Jan 26, 2018 |Category: Criminal Justice Due Process Fair Administration of Justice Rights of Ex-Offenders The "War on Drugs"

A new ACLU of RI report - “Rhode Island’s Statehouse-to-Prison Pipeline” - takes an in-depth look at how overzealous lawmaking has resulted in an unfair, costly, and sometimes absurd criminal justice system in the State.

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