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Recent BIA Decision Provides More Clarity on “PSG” Claims, But at What Cost?

 

 

by: Juanita Solis In Matter of W-Y-C-& H-O-B-,[1] decided January 2018, the Board of Immigration Appeals held that an applicant seeking asylum based on membership in a particular social group must first establish the exact delineation of a proposed particular social group before an Immigration Judge. Even for experienced immigration attorneys, however, delineating what it means […]

 

 

Discretion and Discrimination: Civil Citations versus Arrests for Marijuana Possession

 

 

by: Regan Woodbury On June 30th, 2015 Miami-Dade commissioners voted “to let police treat marijuana possession the same way they do littering and loitering—by issuing a citation with a $100 fine that keeps the offense out of the criminal justice system.”[1] The measure passed by a 10-3 margin and allows for this arrest-alternative in possession […]

 

 

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The Complicity of Sexual Harassment Under Corporate Law

 

 

by: Oscar Campos This Country is currently undergoing a major cultural shift on how we handle allegations of sexual assault.  Celebrities, once believed to be untouchable, are now becoming exposed for their sexual misconduct.[1]  But to be sure, it is not only Hollywood where sexual abuse has occurred.  It can happen anywhere to anyone at […]

 

 

Recent BIA Decision Provides More Clarity on “PSG” Claims, But at What Cost?

 

 

by: Juanita Solis In Matter of W-Y-C-& H-O-B-,[1] decided January 2018, the Board of Immigration Appeals held that an applicant seeking asylum based on membership in a particular social group must first establish the exact delineation of a proposed particular social group before an Immigration Judge. Even for experienced immigration attorneys, however, delineating what it means […]

 

 

The Opioid Crisis: Rural Communities Left Behind

 

 

by: Alexa Antin On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a National Public Health Emergency.[1] More than 90 Americans die each day from overdosing on opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.[2] Roughly 29% of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them.[3] The economic burden of […]

 

 

“Spare Change?” Florida Appellate Court Vacates Homeless Man’s Conviction After Finding Miami’s Panhandling Law to be an Unconstitutional Restriction on the Right to Free Speech

 

 

by: Misael Chacon Homelessness affects us as a society.  At the peak of the great recession in 2007, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported roughly 671,000 people were homeless on a given night in January.[1]  According to the report over half of all homeless people were found in just a handful of […]

 

 

Collateral Consequences: What Happened to “Children are Our Future?”

 

 

by: Dina Lexine Sarver Kids will be kids. This well-known idiom reflects society’s view that we do not judge a youth and an adult in the same manner. In the context of criminal acts, even the Supreme Court of the United States acknowledges that juveniles must be treated differently than adults.[1] However, because most states […]

 

 

 

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