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Constantine Cannon continues its commitment to ending abuses in private detention facilities

Posted  02/17/21
wired fence with building in background
This week, Constantine Cannon is proud to continue its representation as pro bono counsel to Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Human Rights Watch, and Freedom for Immigrants in supporting California’s efforts to end the use of private immigration detention facilities in the state.  Last spring, we filed a “friend of the court” brief for these same organizations in the district court in opposition to the Geo...

2020 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate – Dawn Wooten

Posted  01/5/21
barbed wired fence
Privately run immigration detention facilities have been a stain on our nation’s reputation for years now.  The refugees and other immigrants who are detained within their walls suffer family separation, inadequate medical care, lack of basic necessities, inedible food, psychological torture, and even death from easily treatable diseases due to flimsy infection controls.  The current pandemic crisis only amplifies...

Why whistleblower advocates should care about the Alien Tort Statute

Posted  12/7/20
By Sarah “Poppy” Alexander
gavel, binder and liberty scale
False Claims Act (FCA) lawyers love to talk about our statute’s robust history, signed by Abe Lincoln to hold corporations accountable for cheating the government during the Civil War.  The Alien Tort Statute (ATS) is a liability statute with an even longer history—passed as part of the First Judiciary Act in 1789, the ATS grants federal jurisdiction to cases concerning torts in violation of the law of nations. ...

Putting a Stop to Illegal Imports from Forced Uyghur Labor

Posted  09/18/20
barbed wire
The world has watched in horror as, starting in 2018, up to two million Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities have been arrested, relocated, or otherwise forced into internment centers in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China.  The government of the People’s Republic of China has separated thousands of Uyghur children from parents, forced methods of control on women, and inflicted physical and psychological...

Constantine Cannon Files Amicus Brief in Support of California’s Effort to Curb Private Prison Company Abuses

Posted  03/13/20
By Sarah “Poppy” Alexander
prison-silhouette
Constantine Cannon is proud to represent three leading immigrants rights organizations, Human Rights Watch, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and Freedom For Immigrants in filing a “friend of the court,” or amicus brief, in two cases related to California’s right to ban private prison companies.  Last year, California enacted AB 32, which barred private prison companies from operating within the state.  The...

Immigration Detention Facilities Continue to Pose Fraud Risks

Posted  05/9/19
By Sarah “Poppy” Alexander
Child Behind a Fence
Last summer, we wrote about the fraud risks inherent in the massive increase in government spending for immigration detention. Almost one year later, a child’s tragic death again calls attention to failures at the immigration facilities that maintain ever increasing government contracts. On April 30, 2019, a sixteen-year-old boy died at a Southwest Key facility in Brownsville, TX, two weeks after arriving in the...

The Big Business of Detaining Families Creates a Serious Fraud Risk

Posted  06/21/18
By Poppy Alexander The massive public outcry about family separations at the border has spotlighted an area of federal spending that often gets ignored-the massive business that is immigration detention for children and families. The Office of Refugee Resettlement, a division of HHS, spent approximately $3.4 billion on private companies to shelter and detain these kids in just the last four years. Yet little data...

In Their Own Words — Kompass

Posted  01/19/16

-- “It is important for other staff to see that I was vindicated. . . .  [O]therwise the message was: ‘If you try to do something similar to what Anders has done these will be the consequences.’”

Anders Kompass, the United Nations director of field operations for the office of the high commissioner for human rights, on being cleared of wrongdoing in connection with his disclosing confidential documents...

In Their Own Words — Taylor

Posted  01/12/16

-- "The UN should stop tiptoeing around, trying not to offend governments and instead put the victims of sexual exploitation and abuse at the heart of their policy."

Sarah Taylor, advocate in the women’s rights division at Human Rights Watch, on the UN's latest sexual abuse development, this one involving "at least four UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic [who] allegedly paid young girls as little as 50...

In Their Own Words -- Obama

Posted  07/26/15

--“Ordinary people have to stand up and say enough is enough.”

President Barack Obama in a speech to thousands of Kenyans on the challenges their country faces on human rights and corruption. Click here for more.
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