• 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 urge support for 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.