April 11 marked the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, which was passed in 1968 to fix residential segregation by preventing individuals from marginalized communities from being discriminated against in the sale or rental of housing. The Act also outlawed discrimination in advertising and
This week, Trump attacked Medicaid recipients, DeVos threatened students’ civil rights, and police violence affected a member of our Harvard community.
Guest Post by Ryan H. Nelson
Ryan H. Nelson is an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School where he teaches employment law and in-house counsel at one of the largest global providers of insurance and employee benefit programs where, inter alia, he provides
In May of 2010, Amy Hughes stood in her backyard in Tuscon, Arizona and was shot four times by Police Cpl. Andrew Kisela. A 911 caller had reported seeing Hughes hacking at a tree with a kitchen knife in her own backyard. Three officers from
Criminal Legal System
Our unemployment rate fails to account for mass incarceration. Mass incarceration disproportionately affects black communities. Unemployment data fails to account for this, which makes the disparity between black and white men in employment appear smaller than it really is. (Washington Post)
The ACLU and
The housing crisis in the United States has garnered increasing attention over the past few years, and recent studies have begun to plumb millions of eviction records to understand the full scope of the problem. Displacement—and housing injustice in general—is a complex issue with diverse
Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act in 1994 in the wake of several high-profile violent crimes. The Act, originally written by Joe Biden and signed into law by Bill Clinton, expanded federal criminal law. Among the Act’s provisions was an amendment
Today, April 10, is Equal Pay Day, the date symbolizing how far into the year the average woman in the United States must work to earn what the average man earned in the previous year. Ironically, just days before last year’s Equal Pay Day, President
Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
This week, the White House announced that a citizenship question would be added to the census, hundreds protested the shooting of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, and Facebook was sued for fair housing violations.
Criminal Legal System
In October 2017, a 17-year-old girl incarcerated in an immigrant detention facility in Texas made headlines for clashing with the Trump administration, which was seeking to prevent her from getting an abortion. Known as Jane Doe, she was just one of many such “Janes” in