Lindsay Harris

Lindsay M. Harris is a Legal Fellow at the American Immigration Council focused on family detention issues. Lindsay previously supervised students representing asylum seekers in removal proceedings at Georgetown Law. She also developed and taught a Refugee Law course at George Mason University School of Law. Following her Ninth Circuit clerkship, Lindsay led the African Women's Empowerment Project at the Tahirih Justice Center, providing legal services to African immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence. She has published on issues related to gender-based and gang-related asylum claims. Lindsay is a graduate of UC San Diego and Berkeley Law.

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Mothers Held in Family Detention Centers Ask for Support from White House Mothers

Written by on May 6, 2016 in Detention, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Mothers Held in Family Detention Centers Ask for Support from White House Mothers

Mothers who risked everything to flee horrific violence in their home countries, only to be held in immigration detention, gathered alongside advocates in front of the White House earlier this week in honor of Mother’s Day. The event, “Let Hope Bloom,” called on mothers in the administration to immediately visit immigration detention centers run by […]

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Berks Detention Center Employee Convicted of Sexual Assault of Young Honduran Mother

Written by on April 15, 2016 in Abuses, Detention with 0 Comments
Berks Detention Center Employee Convicted of Sexual Assault of Young Honduran Mother

A judge in Pennsylvania this week sentenced Daniel Sharkey, a 41-year-old former counselor at the Berks County Residential Center, to six to twenty three months of jail time. Sharkey previously worked at the county-run detention center for children and their parents. His sentence came down after he pled guilty to three counts of institutional sexual […]

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Human Rights Commission Holds Hearing on Refugee Children and Families Seeking Protection

Written by on April 6, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Human Rights Commission Holds Hearing on Refugee Children and Families Seeking Protection

Earlier this week the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held a thematic hearing on the “Human Rights Situation of Migrant and Refugee Children and Families in the United States.” A broad national coalition of advocacy groups and legal service providers, led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Transnational Law Clinic, prepared and presented testimony and recommendations to […]

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Religious Leaders, Formerly Detained Families, and Advocates Protest Family Detention at White House

Written by on March 28, 2016 in Detention, Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Religious Leaders, Formerly Detained Families, and Advocates Protest Family Detention at White House

Protesters gathered in Lafayette Square just across from the White House on Monday. The protest coincided with the 138th annual White House Easter Egg roll. As families inside enjoyed the annual White House festivities, protesters outside the gates highlighted the plight of detained immigrant families. On a day filled with tradition and meaning for so […]

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Amicus Arguments at the Ninth Circuit: The Flores Settlement Applies to All Children

Amicus Arguments at the Ninth Circuit: The Flores Settlement Applies to All Children

Since the summer of 2014, the government has detained thousands of mothers and children fleeing violence in Central America. Although the longstanding Flores settlement guarantees minimum standards for the detention, release, and treatment of children in immigration detention, the Government’s family detention practices have failed to comply with the settlement. Plaintiffs brought suit to enforce […]

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A Visit to Berks Family Detention Center Makes Clear Why They Lost their License

Written by on February 22, 2016 in Detention with 3 Comments
A Visit to Berks Family Detention Center Makes Clear Why They Lost their License

Advocates, community members, and attorneys gathered outside the Berks County Family Residential Center in Leesport, Pennsylvania on Monday to protest the continued operation of the center. The center was open for business as usual, with approximately 81 parents and children currently detained, despite the fact that the center’s license to operate as a childcare facility […]

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Texas Child Protection Agency Moves Forward in Licensing Family Detention Centers

Written by on February 17, 2016 in Detention with 0 Comments
Texas Child Protection Agency Moves Forward in Licensing Family Detention Centers

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has issued a rule allowing for the two family detention facilities in Texas to apply for licenses to detain immigrant children and their mothers. This move may have the effect of further entrenching the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s seemingly dogged commitment to continue detaining […]

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Letter to DHS Outlines Problematic Practices That Undermine Due Process Protections for Asylum Seekers

Letter to DHS Outlines Problematic Practices That Undermine Due Process Protections for Asylum Seekers

Even before the recent ICE raids on Central American families began last week, there were serious signs that the government was undermining due process and not providing asylum-seekers a meaningful opportunity to make their cases. Many of the violations were brought to the attention of the immigration agencies by the CARA Project and Human Rights […]

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Transfers of Detained Families Traumatizes Mothers and Children and Interferes with Access to Lawyers

Written by on November 24, 2015 in Asylum, Detention, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Transfers of Detained Families Traumatizes Mothers and Children and Interferes with Access to Lawyers

The government recently began transferring families who have been held in Texas to the Berks County Family Residential Facility in Pennsylvania. Not only have these sudden transfers traumatized many mothers and children, but they are interfering with the families’ access to their lawyers and are jeopardizing their right to a fair process for seeking asylum […]

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Temporary Restraining Order Against Texas Family Detention Centers Issued

Written by on November 2, 2015 in Detention, News Flash with 0 Comments
Temporary Restraining Order Against Texas Family Detention Centers Issued

On Friday, a Texas State Court Judge granted a temporary restraining order in Grassroots Leadership v. hs (TFPS) prohibiting TFPS from issuing licenses to family detention facilities in Dilley and Karnes City, Texas, under the emergency regulations the Department issued in September. Both Texas and Pennsylvania’s family detention facilities have come under heightened scrutiny since […]

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