When institutions such as the military or universities are responsible for resolving sexual assault allegations, significant conflicts of interest arise with regards to counseling, protecting victims, and enforcing consequences. Sexual assault has been a recurring and unresolved issue in the military and on college campuses. Examining institutional
After an eventful midterm election, there are numerous new developments related to civil rights. Here is a selection of the most significant:
Ferguson Authorities Enact No-Fly Zone to Keep Out Media - New York Times
We begin with a development that occurred before yesterday's election. According to a series
There has been considerable coverage on the new Harvard University sexual harassment policy. On Oct. 15, a group of 28 HLS faculty members published this op-ed in the Boston Globe arguing that the new university policy 1) violates principles of Due Process, 2) inappropriately expanded prohibited
Human trafficking, particularly trafficking into sex work, has captivated the attention of many Americans. Regardless of political persuasion, we all seem to agree that forced sex work is morally abhorrent and its perpetrators should be incarcerated. But while we are so focused on finding and
The school-to-prison pipeline is an unfortunate reality for many students attending public schools in socio-economically disadvantaged areas. For those who are unfamiliar with the phrase, the school-to-prison pipeline describes the alarming trend of public schools pushing socio-economically disadvantaged students out of school and into
Supreme Court Allows Texas to Use Strict Voter ID Law in Coming Election
On Saturday the Supreme Court issued an order allowing the use of Texas's controversial voter identification law in its upcoming November election. The law requires voters to present certain photo identification before casting their ballots.
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With the summer drawing to a close and classes now well underway at Harvard, it's time to check in on what's new in the world of civil rights and civil liberties.
Death Penalty Sought in Texas No-Knock Raid Shooting
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty in a
Good morning all, and to those of you in the Boston area, happy Marathon Monday! Here's the latest in the world of civil rights and civil liberties from the past week.
"House Votes Down Bill to Repeal La. Sodomy Laws"
Despite sodomy laws being ruled unconstitutional over
Recently, an alleged sexual assault victim wrote an op-ed describing her experience. Responses to the piece have startled the University out of its usual calm. President Drew Faust has responded by convening a task force. Two undergrads have been placed on the task force. The
Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp is still open, still functional, and still holding over 100 detainees, many of whom have won their habeas corpus cases, and have been cleared for release by the Obama Administration years ago. After a series of lunch panels held this week