A report released on Thursday, February 19, 2015 from law centers at the universities of Miami and Chicago describes how Guerrier, 34, died of cholera in the Haitian jail after being exposed to blood, feces and vomit. In the report, legal scholars and Haitian activists called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to stop its policy of deporting Haitians convicted of two misdemeanors or a felony.
Human rights groups held a news conference Thursday to discuss the report, Aftershocks: The Human Impact of U.S. Deportations to Post-Earthquake Haiti, which documents the experiences people with criminal records have after being deported to post-earthquake Haiti. The report also makes recommendations to the U.S., Haiti and international communities. The nearly 70-page report was put together by the Human Rights and Immigration Clinics at the University of Miami School of Law and the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago School of Law.
Former IHR Clinic Director Caroline Bettinger-Lopez and IHR Clinic students Yuan Yuan and Matthew Marthaler presented on child migrants in the United States at John Marshall Law School's forum on immigration detention on Wednesday. The forum revolved around issues relating to the United States' international responsibility to protect and promote the human rights of immigrants in the U.S., including immigration detention policy, conditions in detention facilities, and the rights of immigrants.
IHR Clinic Acting Director Discusses the Representation of Child Migrants in the Midst of Our Border Crisis
IHR Clinic Acting Director Caroline Bettinger-Lopez reviews Shani King’s Alone and Unrepresented: A Call to Congress to Provide Counsel for Unaccompanied Minors. In her review, Bettinger-Lopez discusses the representation of child migrants in the midst of our border crisis, stating that King's article provides a fresh perspective on the issue. King argues that three constellations of international and regional human rights standards—children’s rights, immigrants’ rights, and the right to civil counsel—should be interpreted together to provide the right to free legal counsel for unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings.
The IHR Clinic submitted a brief to the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR) in anticipation of its October 27, hearing "The Human Rights Situation of Migrant and Refugee Children in the U.S.” The hearing will focus on the human rights of Central American and Mexican child migrants in the United States.