Thursday, June 8, 2017

Human Rights in State and Federal Courts

Just in time for the new round of litigation challenging state-level restrictions on safe communities (i.e., sanctuary cities), the Opportunity Agenda and the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy of Northeastern Law School have posted the revised handbook on Human Rights in State Courts on SSRN.  You can check it out here.

On the federal level, a recent update is Rivero v. Montgomery Co., Maryland, 2017 WL 1684618 (D. Md.).  There, the federal court cited a report that the Maryland Legal Aid submitted to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights which documented incidents in which farm owners and law enforcement prevented Legal Aid workers from conducting outreach to migrant farmworkers. This evidence helped the farmworkers overcome a Motion to Dismiss their first amendment complaint arising from the incidents. MDLAB's work on the Special Rapporteur submission was supported by the Local Human Rights Project of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of the Washington College of Law, American University.

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