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Central America

46 ABA Journal Central America articles.

Guatemalan lawyer travels to remote areas, sometimes by foot, to help reunite separated families

Guatemalan human rights lawyer Eriberto Pop travels by car, motorcycle and foot to find parents separated from their children in the United States and deported without them under a controversial Trump administration program that has since been rescinded.

Afternoon Briefs: Andrew Yang didn’t last long in BigLaw; suit against Taylor Swift revived

Andrew Yang lasted only five months in BigLaw

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang left Davis Polk & Wardwell in 2000 after spending only five months as an associate. He had…

Afternoon Briefs: Former judge pleads guilty to murder; parents sue over Sharpie haircut punishment

Former judge pleads guilty to murder of his ex-wife

Former Ohio judge Lance Mason pleaded guilty Tuesday to fatally stabbing his ex-wife, Aisha Fraser, in November. Mason had resigned his…

Strangers in a strange land: ‘Metering’ makes asylum rights meaningless, immigrant advocates say

Metering has created further barriers of all kinds in the legal process, including barriers to finding a pro bono lawyer, to those lawyers’ ability to provide effective representation and even to notifying the immigrants of their hearings. Most concerning to immigrant rights advocates, it leaves immigrants so unsafe that they may be deterred from claiming asylum in the first place.

Federal judge blocks ICE from making civil immigration arrests at courthouses

On Thursday, a federal judge in Boston granted a preliminary injunction that blocks U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from making civil arrests at state courthouses in Massachusetts.

U.S. District Judge…

At a loss for translators, immigration courts dial up unreliable interpreter services

Migrants often speak languages that are little known in the U.S. (except maybe in New York City): k-iche from Central America, urdu from Pakistan, Creole from Haiti. American immigration judges have a hard time finding enough interpreters to show up in courtrooms.

Threatening Words: Courts and protected speech

While spoken words are protected by the First Amendment, offensive expressions can fall into the category of true threats, a type of unprotected speech.

Shut up! The art and craftiness of cease-and-desist letters

The demand letter has joined the extreme style of public discourse. The speed of communication and cost of trial prompts the strong letter to follow a more dramatic and colorful model.

Suit filed to block Trump’s proposed end of Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans, Haitians

Citing racial motivations, advocates in Massachusetts are suing the Trump administration for ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from immigrants from El Salvador and Haiti.

The complaint, brought by…

Web 100: Best law blogs

Our inaugural year of the Web 100 list honors 50 blogs (and adds five more to our Blawg 100 Hall of Fame.)

Girls’ courts under scrutiny

As courtrooms specializing in girls’ cases crop up around the country, the U.S. Department of Justice is examining whether they actually work.

Advocates work to keep young female offenders out of prison through early intervention

In pockets around the country, the movement to keep kids out of detention homes and prisons is beginning to give more focus to girls, whose experiences and vulnerabilities are markedly different from those of boys.

Jeff’s Law

A special preview from the October issue: The attorney general sees his role as pushing present-day law enforcement toward a rose-colored past.

The President’s Court

The President’s Court: The Supreme Court’s new term will address the travel ban and other hot-button issues with President Trump’s first appointee on the bench.

Relatives of undocumented children caught up in ICE dragnet

This summer, a Kansas City man named Edwin got a call from immigration officials. They had picked up his nephew at the southern border and wanted to release the teen…

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