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 […]






Addressing the Issues Caused by Calling the Police on Innocent Minorities



By: Emily Roberts In recent months, the prevalent issue of police calls made against minorities for unwarranted reasons has become increasingly publicized. While the trend of white people calling the police on minorities is not new, awareness for this issue has escalated as people have been recording and broadcasting such occurrences.[1] New York State Senator […]



“Revenge Porn” Law Survives Constitutional Challenge in Vermont



By: Nicole McLemore Last month, the Vermont Supreme Court upheld the state’s revenge porn law against a First Amendment challenge in State v. VanBuren.[1]While the Court declined to classify revenge porn as a new category of speech excluded from First Amendment protection, it acknowledged that “extreme invasion[s] of privacy” are likely unprotected by the First […]



To Stand or Not to Stand: A Freedom of Speech Debacle



By: Isabella Falcon In 2016, forty-one percent of people shot and killed by police officers were people of color.[1]On August 26, 2016, Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49er’s then-quarterback, wanted to make an impactful move on game day to express his thoughts and concerns. He was photographed making a rather startling move on the sidelines; […]



Russia’s Decriminalization of Domestic Violence Is Not The Answer



By: Mario Martinez In the last ten years, contrary to the progression of women’s rights around the country, women in Russia have seen their rights severely decrease, if not disappear.[1] In January of 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law decriminalizing domestic violence.[2] The amended Russian criminal code now treats the first conviction for […]



The Availability of Feminine Products for Incarcerated Women



By: Jennifer Leto Being left to fend for themselves, women in prison lack not only access to products affecting their physical health, but also suffer in terms of mental health through degradation of their dignity.[1] In an Arizona state prison, access to a 16-count box of tampons is worth 21 hours worth of work.[2] If […]




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