The Clinic and TrialWatch Update: Moroccan Journalist Omar Radi Subjected to ‘Abuse of Process’

For years, together with the Clooney Foundation for Justice TrialWatch Initiative, USC Gould School of Law International Human Rights Clinic student attorneys Pablo Aabir Das, Celine Ang, Tomi Johnson, Krisha Mae "Kimy" Cabrera, Sophie Sylla, David Wright, and supervising attorney Prof. Henna Pithia have monitored criminal cases brought by the Moroccan government against investigative journalist Omar Radi in an effort to silence him. Our latest report details how these have been riddled with fair trial rights violations and as TrialWatch expert, Professor Garry notes how these are part of a deeply concerning trend in Morocco of using shame inducing charges to stifle critical reporting and political dissent. Read the report: https://lnkd.in/g-QfiqXt

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The Clinic works to obtain humanitarian parole for Afghans

An Afghan family, in hiding in Pakistan, turned to the University of Southern California Gould International Human Rights Clinic for help applying for humanitarian parole. The process hasn't been easy, says Henna Pithia, acting director. “What’s frustrating is that the method of accessing humanitarian parole has not been updated to reflect the current crisis for this particular community,” she says. https://bit.ly/3Gd5OA4

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Professor Garry’s Op-Ed for The Hill: Senate can help Ukraine by confirming Beth Van Schaack now

In the op-ed, Garry explains why Dr. Beth Van Schaack should be confirmed as the first woman U.S. Ambassador at Large for Global Criminal Justice: “With Van Schaack in office, the U.S. can provide pragmatic, targeted support to the [International Criminal Courts] prosecutor on specific cases that align with U.S. interests, seeking accountability for massive crimes such as those currently happening in Ukraine."

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Over-Policing Sex Trafficking: How U.S. Law Enforcement Should Reform Operations

The USC Gould International Human Rights Clinic will release Over-Policing Sex-Trafficking: How U.S. Law Enforcement Should Reform Operations, on Monday, November 15, 2021. The report is one of the first comprehensive reports about U.S. anti-sex trafficking law enforcement operations, jointly coordinated at the federal, state and local levels, and often known as “raids”, “stings” or “sweeps”. They involve law enforcement working undercover or investigating private establishments to identify persons who are sex trafficked (referred to as survivors or victims), and perpetrators. The U.S. government has long used these operations as a primary means for addressing sex trafficking, presenting them as an effective anti-sex trafficking tool through compelling media releases and press conferences. Meanwhile, there is little public data about operations’ outcomes and funding, despite distressing claims that operations harm and retraumatize persons who are sex trafficked, while perpetuating systemic racism as well as discrimination against LGBTQ individuals and undocumented immigrants.

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EVENT – OVER-POLICING SEX TRAFFICKING: How U.S. Law Enforcement Should Reform Operations

Join a discussion with experts about one of the first comprehensive reports examining the efficacy of anti-sex trafficking law enforcement operations, commonly referred to as "raids," "stings," or "sweeps." Authored by the University of Southern California Gould School of Law’s International Human Rights Clinic, the report centers the voices and perspectives of persons who have been sex trafficked to ask: 1.Whether such operations meet the goals of the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act; and 2.Whether they should remain the primary anti-sex trafficking tool used by the U.S. government.

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