Vol. 54, No. 2
Read about civil rights law’s inner-city crisis, parental rights, jails as polling places, and more in the latest edition of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.
Read about consent and coercion in employment law, the anti-commandeering doctrine and civil rights, our symposium on “Whom the State Kills,” and more in Vol. 55, No. 2.
Read about debt in the United States, predictive algorithms in criminal justice, the criminalization of homelessness, and more in Vol. 55, No. 1.
Read about civil rights law’s inner-city crisis, parental rights, jails as polling places, and more in Vol. 54, No. 2.
The message of our federal and state governments failing to protect (and sometimes actively harming) Black trans women is terrifying: if the government doesn’t care about Black trans women, then citizens don’t have to care either. In other words, because the law treats Black trans women with disregard and violence, it gives individuals a free pass to do the same.read more
By a 6-3 majority, the Supreme Court in Bostock v. Clayton County held that Title VII protects employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The decision consolidates three cases: two involving gay men who were fired by their...read more
This week, the Department of Homeland Security investigates allegations of unwanted hysterectomies at an immigration detention center, postal workers face mounting COVID-19 risks as the election approaches, and the Education Department withholds millions of dollars in desegregation grant money from Connecticut schools.read more
Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. SCOTUS will consider access to medical abortions, while the 11th Circuit ok’d Florida’s pay-to-vote system for people convicted of felonies. Three studies shed light on a host of inequities facing Illinois...read more
School Policing was Designed to Criminalize Black Students. We Must Follow Black Voices Calling for its Abolition.
The recent uprisings in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black people by police have amplified decades-long efforts by Black students and activists to abolish school police. We must collectively follow these Black leaders to ensure that schools are redesigned to nurture their most vulnerable students.read more
The criminalization of welfare, then, is a reminder that calls to divest from police and reinvest in social services must also be accompanied by calls to address the surveillance and stigma that currently comes with receiving assistance. Welfare programs often mirror many of the tactics and organizing principles of policing. Through surveillance and an onslaught of bureaucratic hoops to jump through, one feels “the psychic weight of living their lives under the watchful eye of the state.”read more
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