First Amendment Clinic featured by NYU's First Amendment Watch

Monday, December 14, 2020

The First Amendment Clinic was featured by First Amendment Watch, a New York University online news site, regarding its work on behalf of women who allegedly endured abusive gynecological and other medical treatments while in the custody of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. First Amendment Clinic Director and Clinical Assistant Professor Clare R. Norins and the clinic's Legal Fellow Samantha Hamilton were quoted. The article titled "To Help ICE Detainees Speak Out, a First Amendment Clinic Asked a Court to Keep Their Testimonies Secret" was written by Soraya Ferdman and published 12/11/20.

Norins explained the clinic’s decision to move for sealing the declarations of over 20 women, as well as asking the court for permission to file their declarations under a pseudonym, stating that both were required to protect the declarants currently detained from retaliation by detention officials. In light of ICE’s alleged practice of deporting women before they can testify about their experiences in ICE custody, Hamilton said, "I can think of few things more chilling of speech than sending someone out of the country."

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