• Dispatches
    Apr 9, 2015
  • Dispatches
    Apr 8, 2015
  • Press release
    Apr 8, 2015
    A Florida Senate subcommittee voted on April 8, 2015 to approve a bill that would allow judges rather than prosecutors to determine when a child should be charged as an adult. Senate Bill (SB) 1082, which would greatly reduce the number of youth under 18 sent into the adult criminal justice system, deserves a vote before Florida’s full Senate and House.
  • Press release
    Apr 8, 2015
    Human Rights Watch filed suit on April 7, 2015, against the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for illegally collecting records of the organization’s telephone calls to foreign countries.
  • UPR
    Apr 8, 2015
    This was submitted by Human Rights Watch for the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council in September 2014 and updated on April 8, 2015.
  • Commentary
    Apr 2, 2015
    When I first visited the Baltimore City Detention Center in 1999, I found an archaic, decaying facility that held people in grim cells with no direct natural light. The detention center held many children who were charged as adults, and they suffered some of the worst abuses — including extended periods of confinement in cells punctuated by brutal acts of violence, often encouraged by guards.
  • Dispatches
    Mar 30, 2015
  • Commentary
    Mar 27, 2015
    The White House has been trying to stem the flow of unaccompanied children into the U.S. from Mexico. Steve Inskeep talks to Human Rights Watch's Bill Felick and the State Department's Simon Henshaw.
  • Letter
    Mar 25, 2015
    We the undersigned represent a wide range of privacy and human rights advocates, technology companies, and trade associations that hold an equally wide range of positions on the issue of surveillance reform. Many of us have differing views on exactly what reforms must be included in any bill reauthorizing USA PATRIOT Act Section 215, which currently serves as the legal basis for the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone metadata and is set to expire on June 1, 2015. That said, our broad, diverse, and bipartisan coalition believes that the status quo is untenable and that it is urgent that Congress move forward with reform.
  • Dispatches
    Mar 23, 2015
  • Dispatches
    Mar 23, 2015
  • Dispatches
    Mar 19, 2015
  • Dispatches
    Mar 18, 2015
  • Oral statement
    Mar 17, 2015
  • Commentary
    Mar 17, 2015
    “They’ll stop them just for being black,” a 39-year-old African American woman named Holly told me last August, describing how police in and around her home town of Ferguson, Missouri, treated young black men. “I’ve actually stood there and watched cousins of mine get pulled over. [The police] would sit them down, pat them down, even after they knew they had the wrong person. I have so many of those stories.”
  • Dispatches
    Mar 12, 2015
  • Written statement
    Mar 11, 2015
    A bill passed today by Georgia’s House of Representatives includes important and far-reaching reforms of the state’s abuse-ridden for-profit probation industry, Human Rights Watch, the national American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLU of GA) said today. The bill will next be considered by the state Senate.
  • Dispatches
    Mar 10, 2015
  • Dispatches
    Mar 6, 2015
  • Written statement
    Mar 4, 2015
    On March 3rd, 2015, Human Rights Watch sent this written statement to the Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group, an interagency group which will provide recommendations to President Barack Obama regarding actions that can be taken to improve the provision of Federal support for the acquisition of controlled equipment by law enforcement agencies.
  • Written statement
    Mar 2, 2015
    On March 2nd, 2015, Human Rights Watch sent this written statement to the United States Commission on Civil Rights for its January 30, 2015 briefing on the “State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities.”
  • Press release
    Feb 19, 2015
    Florida legislators should approve Senate Bill 1082, which would allow judges rather than prosecutors to decide when to prosecute a child as an adult. If enacted, the proposed law would greatly reduce the number of children prosecuted in Florida’s adult courts.
  • Dispatches
    Feb 17, 2015
  • Letter
    Feb 11, 2015
    On February 11th, 2015, Human Rights Watch sent this letter to Senators Chuck Grassley and Patrick Leahy, chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, respectively, to press for improvements to the CORRECTIONS Act that would reduce excessively long periods of incarceration for federal prisoners.
  • Impact
    Feb 10, 2015
    In a move that will benefit those living with HIV and AIDS in Mississippi, the US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has decided to overhaul the state’s federally funded program meant to provide housing to people with AIDS. This comes roughly four years after Human Rights Watch released a report that criticized Mississippi’s limited, incomplete, and disorganized operation of a program that serves as a lifeline for thousands of Mississippians living with HIV.
  • Letter
    Feb 5, 2015
    The undersigned organizations announce their support for the bicameral, bipartisan movement toward reforming the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Congress must act this year to ensure that FOIA stays current with people's need to access government information and resilient in the face of attempts to subvert that access.
  • Dispatches
    Feb 5, 2015
  • Press release
    Jan 29, 2015
    State and local officials in the United States should address racial discrimination and police abuse in the criminal justice system that sparked widespread demonstrations last year.
  • Commentary
    Jan 23, 2015
    Contrary to the assertions of overreach by House Republicans, President Obama's executive actions on immigrants actually don't go far enough.
  • Commentary
    Jan 12, 2015
    On South Dakota’s impoverished Lower Brule Sioux reservation, $1.2 million of US government funding dedicated to providing the tribe with drinking water has disappeared. Roughly $2.6 million in federal money earmarked for education and other social programs went missing – after which the reservation’s school system had to be overhauled due to poor performance.
  • Commentary
    Jan 12, 2015
    More children work in agriculture than in any other industry in the world. But the scale and complexity of the problem is no excuse for tolerating a practice that traps children in multi-generational cycles of poverty, or, worse, leaves them injured, maimed, or dead.
  • Press release
    Jan 12, 2015
    Millions of dollars in public funds are missing in the impoverished Lower Brule Sioux reservation. The Lower Brule Tribal Government should account for the missing public funds and abide by its own rules on openness.
  • Letter
    Jan 12, 2015
    Human Rights Watch is writing in response to your announcement that the City of New Orleans would be forming an internal task force to review mishandled rape cases. We urge you to go further. Specifically, we ask that the task force become a permanent mechanism to ensure that investigations are being conducted properly, and that best practices continue to be implemented long after the media coverage has ceased, or, in the alternative, support a city ordinance that codifies best practices that have been proven to work in other cities. At a minimum, we ask that police no longer be allowed to monitor themselves.
  • Q & A
    Jan 8, 2015
    The following Q&A explores the human rights impact of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, highlighting what remains to be accomplished as the new Congress begins its work and the Obama administration enters its final two years in office.
  • Press release
    Jan 8, 2015
    President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive action on immigration protects millions of families in the US but leaves major rights concerns unaddressed. Obama and the Congress should act to end harsh treatment at the border, unnecessary detention, and unfair criminal penalties that tear families apart.
  • Fact Sheet
    Jan 8, 2015
    The US government is summarily deporting parents of US citizen children apprehended at the border despite their deep ties to the United States. President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration did not address existing border removal policies that punish and provide no relief to families that have already been separated by harsh and overly inclusive deportation policies.
  • Commentary
    Jan 7, 2015
    When for-profit companies make money off the criminal justice system through privatization of prisons, it often triggers serious public debate. But there has been precious little scrutiny of local governments that use courts to make money for themselves. We should all be paying closer attention, because that kind of for-profit justice often means shifting public costs onto a community’s poorest members and creating perverse incentives for courts to ratchet up the pain.