The Fight for "Las 17"

The Fight for "Las 17"

By: Monica Macias.

El Salvador has some of the world's most draconian abortion laws. In 1998, abortion was outlawed in El Salvador. The crime carries a prison sentence of up to eight years, but when it is treated as homicide, women are sentenced up to four decades in jail.The tough on crime law enforcement approach has even spilled over to instances where an abortion is inferred cases where a miscarriage occurred. 

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Shut up or Get Out! How Public Nuisance Laws Target Domestic Violence Victims

Shut up or Get Out! How Public Nuisance Laws Target Domestic Violence Victims

By Monica Macias.

Cities and communities are passing laws to control crime and nuisances. Many of these laws limit the number of times an occupant of a rental property may call the police within a certain time period. Today's post discusses Lakisha Brigg's situation and how these laws penalize domestic violence victims.

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The Forgotten Victims of the Flint Water Crisis

The Forgotten Victims of the Flint Water Crisis

By Monica Macias.

In 2013, Flint Michigan changed its source of water. During the transition, the city failed to address corrosion controls. In late 2015, Flint declared an emergency. A few months later, Former President Obama also declared an emergency. Today's post discusses immigrants in Flint and the international implications of the water crisis. 

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Can a 4 Year Old Represent Herself in Immigration Court?

Can a 4 Year Old Represent Herself in Immigration Court?

By Monica Macias.

Sunday, November 20th, is the Universal Children's Day. Today's blog post provides an analysis of the problems children face in immigration court. In particular, the proceedings are viewed as "civil," and therefore, children are not entitled to representation by an attorney. Continue reading to learn about a possible solution for children in immigration court proceedings.

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