Source: National Immigration Law Center
Source: New York Times, March 17, 2011
By Kirk Semple
Immigration enforcement in the United States is plagued by unjust treatment of detainees, including inadequate access to lawyers and insufficient medical care, and by the excessive use of prison-style detention, the human rights arm of the Organization of American States said Thursday.
The group, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, issued those findings in a report that also took aim at a federal program that allows county and state law enforcement officials to enforce federal immigration laws. The report said the government had failed to ensure that local police were not singling out people by race or detaining illegal immigrants on the pretext of investigating crimes.
Source: New York Times, March 4, 2011
By Alison Bowen
"A MAN from Mauritania sat stone-faced, cradling his head, which bore a scar that marked the spot where his master had gouged him with a piece of firewood, he told the doctor. A Congolese businessman showed a deformed knee that, to the doctor’s trained eye, indicated a forced fracture. And a man from Southeast Asia was sure that a mark on his lower torso was evidence of a beating with a bat, though a medical examination showed that it was a sign of a fungal infection.
All three were sharing their scars and their stories with Dr. Ramin Asgary, director of the human rights program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, whose testimony and affidavits have played a crucial role in convincing immigration judges that people seeking asylum were victims of torture in their home countries.
On Sunday, October 17, 2010 the first annual "5K walk/run for global health" was held at the Gutterson Field House at the University of Vermont to raise awareness and funds for survivors of torture and trauma in our community.
RaceVermont.com and Shelburne Health and Fitness hosted the run in partnership with the New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT) program, including the Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center's Connecting Cultures program and Vermont Immigration and Asylum Advocates.
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