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Giving a Voice to the 32,000: Why Immigrant Detainees Must Have First Amendment Rights

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In Pineda Cruz v. Thompson, the women of Karnes County Civil Detention Center in Texas protested the awful treatment they experienced during their stay. Approximately eighty mothers circulated a petition and announced a hunger strike during Holy Week, consuming only liquids. As a result, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and detention center employees were angered, and the treatment of the women got worse, leading to a class action law suit filed on behalf of the women in the detention center alleging violations of First Amendment free speech rights. In its motion to dismiss the action, the government argued the immigrant women did not have First Amendment rights. Although the Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their claim, putting an end to this specific case, this does not put an end to the abuse and terrible conditions experienced by many immigrants across the country.  Across the...

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FORMERLY INCARCERATED YOUTH: The Unknown Collaterals of The School to Prison Pipeline

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

True or False?: Every child in the United States, who wishes to attend general public school, is allowed to enroll.

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Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act: How Confusion in Interpretation Can Lead to Unfair Outcomes for Litigants

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

“[T]he key [point] is the fact that [the Affordable Care Act] is going to eliminate discrimination based on gender and preexisting conditions.”

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St. John’s Law Hosts a Constitution Day Symposium on Religious Freedom

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on St. John’s Law Hosts a Constitution Day Symposium on Religious Freedom

Last week, leading scholars in the fields of law, religion, politics, and ethics came together at St. John’s Law for a Constitution Day symposium on “Religious Freedom Today.”

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Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on HOW THE US ARMY IS DOING A GREAT INJUSTICE TO ITS OWN

By:  Devin Cohen In 2015 American Sniper brought in a record of more than $105 million in its opening weekend.  The movie details the life story of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.  While Kyle was a legend on the battlefield among his peers, he struggled to reintegrate into society upon coming home after his tours of duty.  The movie sheds light into the daily struggles that veterans face when they suffer from PTSD. According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic & Statistical Manual, “the diagnostic criteria for PTSD includes a history of exposure to a traumatic event that meets specific stipulations and symptoms from each of four symptom clusters: intrusion, avoidance, negative alteration in cognitions and mood, and alterations in arousal and reactivity.”  Individuals with PTSD constantly battle sleeplessness, anger, anxiety, and a sense of isolation, making it extremely...

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