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Archived Since:July 27, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Profiling won't save us

This piece originally appeared on The Hill's Congress Blog. The Obama administration this week announced new guidance on how federal law enforcement agents may use race and other characteristics, such as religion and national origin, in their work. Show More Summary

What's Next? Prosecuting a Pregnant Woman for Working Full Time?

This summer, Tennessee thumbed its nose at doctors, nearly every national medical association, addiction experts, and women's right activists and passed a law that essentially criminalizes pregnancy. In short, this deeply misguided law...Show More Summary

"A Train Wreck Waiting to Happen": Shocking Stories from the Senate's Torture Report

In the last 24 hours, pundits have spoken at length about the Senate Intelligence Committee's landmark torture report, the executive summary of which was released yesterday. For good reason. Despite all of the leaks, the previously released...Show More Summary

FYI Abercrombie: Discrimination Is So Out of Style

The Supreme Court will soon hear the case of Samantha Elauf, a Muslim teenager who was denied a job at an Abercrombie store solely because her religious headscarf, or hijab, didn't meet the company's "look policy." Abercrombie doesn't contest this fact. Show More Summary

Academic Freedom and the Right to Remain Anonymous Online

We are the founders of, an online forum for scientific discussion of research scholarship. We and many of the users of our website are anonymous. That anonymity is important for free speech, for academic freedom, and for scientific inquiry. Show More Summary

A Look at the Privacy Policies For the FAA's Six Drone Test Sites

Last month, an Australian woman sunbathing topless in her back yard was accidentally captured in a photograph by a drone snapping pictures for a real estate listing. The picture was placed in online ads and billboards before the mistake was caught. Show More Summary

As If! Women Aren’t Clueless, Even If Politicians Continue to Act That Way

Late last week, the Arkansas Medical Board initially voted 7-6 not to intrude into the relationship between women and their doctors. They declined to require medical providers to perform an ultrasound exam for a woman seeking abortion...Show More Summary

New DOJ Profiling Guidance: LGBTQ-Inclusive, But Inadequate

This piece originally appeared at Slate's Outward blog. "Hands up, don't shoot!" "We can't breathe!" With the backdrop of a national, youth-led movement demanding reform of a system of policing that too often approaches communities of...Show More Summary

Stepping Out of the Shadows

My mother, Estela, and I arrived in the United States in 1988. I was two years old as she carried me in her arms across the Mexico-U.S. border. I was too young to understand what was happening, but my mom has told me many times why we left. Before immigrating here, we lived on a small farm in a rural part of Oaxaca, Mexico. Show More Summary

The US's Story of Torture Doesn't Have to End With Impunity

After five long years of investigation, declassification, and redaction – not to mention outright obstruction by the CIA – the Senate Intelligence Committee today shone more light on CIA torture and made a historic and necessary contribution...Show More Summary

Pardon Bush and Those Who Tortured

This piece originally appeared on The New York Times opinion page. Before President George W. Bush left office, a group of conservatives lobbied the White House to grant pardons to the officials who had planned and authorized the United States torture program. Show More Summary

A Dangerous Precedent: Why Allow Racial Profiling at or Near the Border?

At a moment when the federal government is taking racial profiling seriously, it was gratifying to read that Attorney General Eric Holder "told colleagues that he believed that border agents did not need to consider race or ethnicity." Racial profiling is demeaning, offensive to American values, and ineffective. Show More Summary

Required Reading: Prequels to the Torture Report

As early as tomorrow, the long-awaited Senate torture report will finally see the light of day. If all goes as planned, the Senate Intelligence Committee will release the roughly 500-page executive summary of its 6,000-page report concerning the CIA's "rendition, detention, and interrogation" program. Show More Summary

A Tale of Two Immigrant Detainees

In many ways, Mark and Richard led parallel lives. Both men came to the United States as young children, Mark from South Korea and Richard from Jamaica. They both had status as legal permanent residents, attended school, and put down roots in their communities. In their teenage years, both had minor run-ins with the law, as many teenagers do. Show More Summary

Pregnant? Avoid Alcohol, Caffeine, and Catholic Hospitals

Regardless of whether you have been pregnant or not, chances are you can recite the long list of things to avoid in pregnancy: alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, deli meats, unpasteurized cheese, cigarettes, and the list go on. But one thing that isn't in the baby books that should join that list: Catholic hospitals. Show More Summary

The System, Caught On Tape

Yesterday’s decision by a Staten Island grand jury not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for having killed Eric Garner using a chokehold during an arrest for selling untaxed cigarettes has sparked enormous outcry and frustration. Show More Summary

Believing Our Lying Eyes

We cannot allow Eric Garner's sadly prophetic next words, "It stops today," to refer only to his life. Perhaps the most surprising thing about yesterday's announcement from the Staten Island grand jury is our own surprise at the outcome. After...Show More Summary

Aquellos que Obama dejó olvidados – y deportó sin una oportunidad de ser escuchados

Nydia ya tenía asilo en los Estados Unidos cuando fue deportada dos veces por agentes fronterizos de nuevo al peligro del cual ella huyó. Nydia, una mujer transgénero de México, dijo a los oficiales que ella tenía estatus y que había...Show More Summary

A Win for Transgender Students You May Have Missed

On Monday, the Department of Education released a long-awaited, much-needed guidance for elementary and secondary schools that offer or want to offer single-sex classes. Included within the guidance was an important protection for transgender students that should not be overlooked. Show More Summary

Treating School Kids Differently Based on Sex = Discrimination

It should be a foregone conclusion that treating boys and girls differently in school is sex discrimination. Except in many schools across the country that isn't the case. Hopefully that's about to change. A guidance document issuedShow More Summary

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