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Legislation Would Restore SNAP and TANF Access for Individuals with a Past Felony Drug Conviction

April 22, 2021 Dear Member of Congress, We, the undersigned organizations, write to urge you to support the Making Essentials Affordable and Lawful (MEAL) Act. This legislation would immediately repeal the lifetime ban on individuals with a past felony…
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Esteemed Attorney General, We write to express our serious concern about the elimination of the Group of Specialized Action in Public Security (GAESP, in Portuguese) and to urge you to establish a well-resourced unit of prosecutors dedicated to…
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Myanmar security forces have killed around 600 people, dozens of them children, since the February 1, 2021 coup, increasingly using excessive and lethal force against anti-coup protesters. Millions of people have demonstrated in largely peaceful protests…
Anti-coup protesters stage a sit-in demonstration, Mandalay, Myanmar, February 24, 2021.
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Class-wide Scheduling Would Exacerbate Pretrial Detention, Mass Incarceration and Racial Disparities in the Prison System

Chairman Richard Durbin Senate Judiciary Committee 224 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Senator Charles Grassley, Ranking Member Senate Judiciary Committee 224 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Chairman Jerrold…
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Call for Additional, Coordinated International Sanctions

Dear High Representative / Vice-President Borrell, and Foreign Ministers of EU member states, We write to urge the European Union and its member states to fully implement the targeted sanctions that were imposed against the leadership of Myanmar’s…
Protesters flash the three-fingered salute and hold candles during a rally at night in Yangon, Myanmar, March 14, 2021.
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Human Rights Watch Supports HB 2366/SB 571

House Majority Leader Barbara Smith  Warner 900 Court St. NE, Room H-295,  Salem, Oregon 97301 Senate President Peter Courtney  900 Court St. NE, Room S-201,  Salem, Oregon 97301 Dear Rep. Smith Warner and Sen. Courtney: The undersigned national…
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Gang Labeling Harms Communities

The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas  Office of the Secretary  U.S. Department of Homeland Security Washington, D.C. 20528  Dear Secretary Mayorkas, As criminal justice and immigration advocates, we are writing to express our serious concerns with ICE’s…
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers conduct a targeted enforcement operation in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. on February 9, 2017.
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HRW Strongly Supports CA AB 937, the Voiding Inequality and Seeking Inclusion for Our Immigrant Neighbors (VISION) Act

Wendy Carrillo California State Assemblymember Capitol Office, Room 4167 P.O. Box 942849 Re: AB 937 (Carrillo) — The VISION Act — CO-SPONSOR Dear Assemblymember Carrillo: As a co-sponsor, Human Rights Watch writes in strong support of AB 937, the…
An ICE detainee rests his hands on the window of his cell in the segregation wing at the Adelanto immigration detention center, which is run by the Geo Group Inc, in Adelanto, California, on April 13, 2017.